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Shrimp and Asparagus Pasta Recipe

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Shrimp and Asparagus Pasta Recipe
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Sweet shrimp and fresh asparagus are always great together, and here they combine to make a really delicious seafood pasta sauce recipe. For a little spicier version, try adding some diced jalapenos along with the sweet bell pepper.

Makes 4 Portions of Shrimp and Asparagus Pasta

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup cream
  • pinch of cayenne
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1/2 lb asparagus, trimmed, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled, deveined
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt to taste
  • 1 box (14-oz) linguine, spaghetti, or fettuccini pasta
  • Parmesan, optional


Add the olive oil, garlic, and red pepper to a large saucepan over medium heat. When the garlic begins to sizzle, cook for 1 minute, and then add the cream, cayenne, and stock. When it comes to a simmer, add the asparagus and cook for 1 minute. Add the shrimp and lemon juice, and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until done. Taste and add salt if needed.

Boil the pasta at the same time you are making the sauce, according to the directions on the package. Drain, but do not rinse. Add the pasta back in to the pot it was cooked, and pour over the sauce. Toss with tongs to coat the pasta; cover, and let sit for 2 minutes to absorb the flavors. Serve hot with Parmesan if desired.

Note: This is a light, thin sauce. If you want a thicker, richer sauce, add an extra cup of cream, and reduce by half before adding the asparagus.
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 4 out of 5
Very good, but cream sauce was too thin, Member CarolVachon

This is a very good recipe and I'll definitely make again, but I thought the cream sauce was too thin. Prior to serving it, i warmed butter in a pan, added flour until mixed and then added the cream sauce. Next time, I may add hard italian cheese to the sauce to make it a little richer. I will also add more cayenne pepper. I used what I thought was a 'dash', but will test it next time to make sure it's a little spicier.

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