The Easiest and Cheapest Shrimp Pasta Recipe You’ll Ever Make



jrose This is a guest post by Jeff Rose. Jeff Rose is an Illinois Certified Financial Planner(TM) and co-founder of Alliance Investment Planning Group. He is also the author of Good Financial Cents, a financial planning and investment blog. You can also learn more about Jeff at his website Jeff Rose Financial.
super easy shrimp pasta recipe
Okay, quick disclaimer: I am a financial planner, not a cook. I’m the typical guy that can throw a burger or chicken breast on the grill and work some magic. In the kitchen, I can make a mean peanut butter and jelly but that’s about it.  See, I wasn’t always this bad. I used to be a decent cook in college, but since marrying my wonderful wife; she as taken on the role of the master chef. So getting out of practice, I kind of lost my touch.

That is until until I stumbled Jeremy’s steak chili recipe. The whole steak chili cooking experience rekindled some of my enthusiasm in the kitchen. For those that are the clueless in the kitchen, that recipe is awesome. The pictures and step by step process are perfect for the typical clueless person in the kitchen. Yeah, that’s me.

In the spirit of simplicity, I wanted to offer a recipe that was 1. Easy 2. Good and 3. Easy. Face it. Easier the better and this is the easiest shrimp pasta recipe that you’ll ever make. I guarantee it! How can I guarantee it? Because I made it, of course. First, let’s take a sneak peak of the finished product. Hungry yet?

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Ingredient List and Cost

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  • Bag of Cocktail Shrimp – $8.99
  • Butter
  • Olive Oil
  • Pasta of Your Choice (We use Vermicelli) – $1.19
  • Minced Garlic
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Garlic Powder
  • Real Parmesan Cheese – $3.49
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Big Sized Appetite – priceless

We already had most of the above mentioned ingredients in our kitchen.  If you have to buy some of the items mentioned, rest assured that they will last much longer that just this meal. Overall, I can’t see you spending more than $15 on the whole list with the exception of buying a large container of olive oil.  Now that we’ve seen the ingredients, let’s look at preparation.

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Cooking The Shrimp and Pasta

To defrost the shrimp, you will need to just run them under cold water for a bit.  After that, you’ll add the butter, olive oil, garlic and seasonings to a skillet on medium heat.   Then just add the shrimp into the mix.  It will look like this this below.  How much of the ingredients do you add?  Well, as I mentioned above, I’m a big fan of olive oil and garlic.  So more the merrier.

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While you’re cooking the shrimp, you can be boiling your pasta.  To feed 4 people, you will probably only need a half box of pasta.  Feel free to cook a bit more, but I’m almost certain you’ll have extra.  I didn’t include a picture of the pasta boiling.  I hope that isn’t necessary.  If it is for you, stop reading now and head straight to your local Italian restaurant, because you don’t stand a chance.

The shrimp will cook for 10-15 minutes, just stirring occasionally.  And guess what?  That’s it.  Seriously, it’s that simple.

Serving The Pasta

By using the appropriate amount of olive oil and butter, there should be enough that will be the sauce of the pasta.  Just scoop and spread over the cooked pasta.  The finishing touch is one of my additional favorites — parmesan cheese.  Not the powdered stuff that you’ll find on the table at Pizza Hut.  I’m talking about the real stuff that has to be refrigerated.  Kraft will do.  Just sprinkle on and you are ready to eat.

For this particular evening, we ate the pasta with a side of green beans.  Always good to have a vegetable! Typically, we like to eat this with asparagus that we prepare in a separate skillet.  Next time, I’m even considering adding the asparagus with the pasta directly.

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Eating The Pasta

Well, hopefully the pasta was success and your plate looks like mine did below.  I have to admit this was after my second serving ;-)   Overall, with the bag size of shrimp that we purchased it will make about 4 “man-sized” portions.  We almost always have leftovers which is even better!

Hope this was helpful.  If you like it, let me know.  If you don’t, blame Jeremy :)  If you added anything or changed up the recipe a bit, share with all.  And if this recipe wasn’t enough, be sure to check out Jeremy’s crock pot pulled pork recipe or how to make applesauce. Love to hear some feedback. Enjoy!

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Author: Jeremy Vohwinkle

My name is Jeremy Vohwinkle, and I’ve spent a number of years working in the finance industry providing financial advice to regular investors and those participating in employer-sponsored retirement plans.

49 comments
EbonySilver
EbonySilver

What if I dont have olive oil? Is there something else I could use?

momrjm
momrjm

Thank you sooo much for this easy recipe.  We have Superbowl leftovers, shrimp and Italian sausage, that I'm gonna use this with when I get done here.  What a versitile recipe that I can imagine using over and over again with different pastas, meats and veggies, not to mention jazzing up the sauce.  Thanks again.

Elesimhaz
Elesimhaz

This is one of my kids favorite meals (we eat it on the nights my husband has class, because he's allergic to shrimp) but in our house, we use bow-tie pasta (which my little girls have dubbed 'butterfly' noodles, so the name of the meal:  BUTTERFLY SHRIMP was born! 

Dawn
Dawn

Absolutely easy and tasty!! I just made it for my family, and everyone loves it. It's the end of the month, and usually by this time, we are running out of things to make for meals, and I actually had all the ingredients at home to make this. Definitely gonna make it again!! Thanks for the recipe.

naomi
naomi

thanks for the receipt of quick shrimp, my kind of receipt, I did not have italian seasoning so I used Greek, it was enjoyed by all. Naomi

Willow
Willow

Hello! I loved your recipe! It looks so yummy! However, on the picture where you are cooking the shrimps...did you add milk? Why does it look so white?...I've actually made this a million times but only with garlic (I wonder if adding the Italian seasoning makes a huge difference, cos the one I've made is a bit boring (for when I'm out of food) so I'm using whatever leftovers I can find!). Thanks. :). Can't wait to try it with your special seasoning! Please let me know if that is milk, thanks...

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So, I have made this recipe on several occasions with left over ingredients as a quick meal. I add chicken, asparagus, crushed red pepper flakes, and a squirt of lemon juice to bring out the flavor on top of the ingredients listed above. Even my children love this recipe!!!!

Lauren
Lauren

Whenever I make pasta, I throw some chopped asparagus or frozen peas into the boiling pasta for the last few minutes. Adds a veggie without any extra pots to wash.

Zandy
Zandy

Quick, easy and delicious... I make this whenever I work late and am out of ideas, these are ingredients I always have anyways. I toss the pasta in with the shrimp and you can toss in anything you love... tomatoes, broccoli, mushrooms, cooking wine... or serve with some veggies or a simple lettuce salad. One half box of spaghetti and a bag of 12 shrimp feed two adults and one or two kids... And yes, everything else is just to taste on the ingredients don't worry about measurements it's so easy to get this pasta right, if it's missing flavor on your plate add garlic salt, or more parmesan...

SJKelly
SJKelly

I found this in a Google search looking for shrimp and pasta recipes. I'm glad I did. This was easy and VERY tasty...you know you're doing something right when they ask for seconds. Thank you!

Bosslady
Bosslady

Recipe was easy and ingredients reasonable. I decided to kick it up a notch and cut up some boneless skinless chicken breast(cubed)and smoke sausage in addition to the shrimp. It was delicious my family loved it. For a side I had Mexicana Corn and fried fish. I agree with some other comments u nreally dont need exact measurements for anything its pretty much up to ur taste buds and season to taste.

shay
shay

thx for the recipie, luv the pics!!! will be making this tonight, someone commented that you didnt list how much of the ingredients to add to the shrimp, and i read your directions as pretty much make it to taste! Awesome, luv it : )

chablis bennett
chablis bennett

thank you for the recipe . i brought this huge meat plan and they gave the shrimp and a couple of other things for free. im trying to stop eatting so much fried foods and this helps to know what to do other than frying everything

tess
tess

Thank you for this. Yum. I added white wine. delicious, quick, easy. tossed some fresh chopped tomatoes on the finished product... and just realized I totally forgot to put parmesan cheese on it. gah. I love parmesan cheese, so for me to forget it is a testament to how good this pasta is on its own. Next time I'm personally adding more garlic and wine.

P.S. husband said it was GOOD! he rarely likes my cooking

Hmmm
Hmmm

So why does the last picture look like the pasta was dumped rather then eaten?

Anna
Anna

I finished making this about 10 minutes ago. It's fantastic. Many thanks :)

shayna
shayna

thanx for this great recipe i will try it tonight and see how it goes =)

Jamaira
Jamaira

I have done this one before and it's always delicious, thanks for showing pictures that was great. Do you have anymore easy recipes that you can share?

Willar
Willar

Very Good I liked it! I used string beans diced tomatos & hotsause in addition, to Jeff's recipe. Also Kraft "Shredded" parmesan is not bad compared to some Italian brands with romano cheese in it from Kraft, its not half bad. I grab some everytime I go to Target. This is an easy tasteful meal.

mikeysgirl1@optonline.net
mikeysgirl1@optonline.net

wow im going to cook it tonight, that is the kind of meals i love fast cheap and tasty.. thanks so much post more....

Kaifa
Kaifa

Perfect recipe -- simple & delicious. Even for a person who doesn't cook much & usually requires specific measurements for everything, this recipe was foolproof. Thanks!!

LL
LL

You didn't include how much of each thing was supposed to be where. such as olive oil and so on..

Tamela
Tamela

ditto on the countertops. LOVE the dishes as well. I am having this for dinner tonight.

Thanks for the pictures...always a plus in this VISUAL planet we live on.

I suddenly want to go to Italy. Thanks for Sharing!!

Holly
Holly

Deeeeeeeeeeeeelicious and I had all the ingredients in the kitchen, thank you!!!!

cristina
cristina

that looks so good and yummy thank god

Richard King
Richard King

This was an excellent recipe. I added seasoned salt, some cream, and a little chicken broth to the sauce and served it over penne pasta.... LOVE IT!!!

winter
winter

Deeeeee-licious!!!!

Shannon
Shannon

Thank you,
Tasted Great and a good meal when we are low on money!
Awesome!

Angela Sanchez
Angela Sanchez

How much do you put in of each of the ingredients?

Christina
Christina

It's an awesome dish. Next time try adding in some red peppers along with the asparagus.

laurie
laurie

Cooked if for 2 kids and hubby and they loved it!!!
I also added grilled chicken. YUMMY

robert
robert

Terrific recipe!!

Frank
Frank

I do something very similar to this except I start with some sliced zuccinni or squash (or both!)in the pan with a little butter, some olive oil and garlic. Once they have cooked a little I add a can of diced tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Then the defrosted shrimp go in for a few minutes to heat them up. Spoon over pasta (I like angel hair for this) and voila.... meal ready.

I think next time I think I might add some wine. This is great in the summer since it's nice and light and not overly heavy like a pasta sauce can be.

Brian
Brian

Hey tom, ya want cheap? A 750 ml bottle of Pacific Peak Chardonnay for only 3 bucks! So you could use some of the wine in the reduction and down the rest with the meal and still come out on the cheap. And no, it surprisingly doesn't taste as bad as it costs.

Faye
Faye

Also, if the shrimp curl up like that, you've over cooked them. You were using pre-cooked shrimp, which only needs a few minutes at the most to heat through. Overcooking shrimp can make them chewy and not as tasty as they might have been.

Next time, go for raw shrimp.

Steve
Steve

who said that Kraft is real parmesan cheese? That's just as bad as pizza hut..

get some pecorino romano grated, it'd work better

tom
tom

i agree with brian for the white wine but that wouldn t make it the easiest and cheapest sauce right?

But,.... sorry, i have to stop you from parmiggianing the shrimp. Parmiggiano and seafood/fish sauce is a faute de gout. Tenez le vous pour dit.

Bon appetit!

Jeff Rose
Jeff Rose

Awesome. Thanks for all the kind comments! Just an update at Kroger's (midwest grocery store) yesterday, the same bag of shrimp was on sale for $6.99. Picked up two bags for shrimp pasta in the future.

@Eves. Thanks for the Digg. Muchas Gracias!

@Thomas. Good point. Definitely have to use the "real" stuff next time. Passing on the counter tops compliments to the wife since she picked them out :)

@Joe. Great pic! I might experiment in using the garlic cloves next time, too.

@Brian Sorry, the wife is not a big wine drinker so it didn't fit. I do like the way you think though!

Brian
Brian

What, no white wine in it? A little bit of cheap Chardonnay before reducing could make this awesome dish even more awesome! Damn, now you got me hungry for shrimp... gotta make something like this tonight (with the wine, of course).

jim
jim

Excellent recipe and even better photos. I think making your own meals is a lot more fun than going out and, as you've shown, cheaper.

Joe
Joe

Thanks for this recipe, it truly does taste as good as it looks.

We ended up using 1lb of shrimp, two sticks of butter, 1/2 cup of olive oil, and 5 large cloves of garlic. The rest was seasoned to taste.

We made it tonight and I chose it as my "Photo-A-Day" image. Check it out at http://www.flickr.com/photos/jking89/3283398922/

ashok
ashok

Looks great. I will try it with home made pasta fresco though and replace the shrimp with hamburger met or tuna chunks to make it even cheaper. An easy recipe for pasta fresco is in the link to this comment

thomas
thomas

Great looking pasta. Kind of a shame it got ruined by putting Kraft Parmesan on it instead of fresh. Also, nice countertops.

Eves Bank
Eves Bank

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Eves Bank
Eves Bank

ohhh my god! this looks sooooo goood!!!! I'm freaken hungry looking these pictures. Can't even read the blog!

Mrs. Micah
Mrs. Micah

Mouth-watering. And much better-priced than 4 people getting shrimp pasta dinners at a restaurant. :)

Grant Baldwin
Grant Baldwin

That's some good looking pasta! Simple, easy to make, and I already have most of the ingredients...I like it!

Thanks Jeff!

gelob
gelob

probably because this was a demonstration idiot!