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Reader Recipe: Shrimp Penne in Cream Sauce

I thought I was starting to get sick of pasta . . . until I came across these pictures posted by WhiplashGirlchild.

The chewy comfort of the penne, the creamy sauce, and the Mediterranean-inspired flavors with the shrimp sound just perfect for a family-style meal. Her own recipe for cheesy bread looks entirely delicious, and I think I'll throw in a garden salad for good measure. I'm grateful to have another dinner menu worked out! For this tantalizing recipe,


Submitted by TeamSugar member WhiplashGirlchild

Shrimp Penne in Cream Sauce With Cheesy Garlic Bread

Shrimp Penne in Cream Sauce With Cheesy Garlic Bread

Shrimp Penne in Cream Sauce With Cheesy Garlic Bread


  1. For pasta:
  1. 1 lb. shrimp (raw or frozen, but raw would be better)
  2. 1 lb. penne or other short pasta, cooked
  3. 2 tbsp. olive oil
  4. 2 tbsp. butter
  5. 1 small onion, finely chopped
  6. 2-4 cloves garlic, minced
  7. 1 cup white wine
  8. 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  9. 1 cup heavy cream
  10. 2-3 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
  11. 2-3 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  12. salt and pepper to taste
  1. For garlic bread:
  1. (Sorry, I don't have measurements for this one)
  2. Sliced Italian bread
  3. butter
  4. olive oil
  5. garlic powder
  6. mozzarella cheese, shredded


First of all, I'd use raw shrimp if I were you. That's what the Pioneer Woman did. But my local supermarket was out of fresh shrimp (WTF) so I used frozen. If you use fresh, check the PW's site for how she cooked it. Since mine was already cooked, I skipped that part.

Heat the butter and olive oil together in a large skillet over medium heat. While you're at it, put some more butter and olive oil in a bowl. We'll get to that later.

Add the onion and garlic to the hot skillet and cook until softened, 5 minutes or so.

After it's softened, add a cup of white wine. We use Yellowtail Chardonnay, which the boy always has in the fridge.

Lower the heat a teensy bit and let a little bit of the wine cook off. While you're doing that, cut your shrimp into little pieces.

Now add the can of tomato sauce to the skillet and stir.

Once that's heated through, add the cream.

Let that cook for a while. While you're doing that, get the garlic bread ready (see below).

Now add the shrimp to the skillet.

Cook until shrimp is heated through and then add the chopped herbs.

Cook a few more minutes and then add the pasta to the skillet. Stir until coated.

Okay. Now. Remember that olive oil and butter you put in a bowl?

Nuke it for 20-30 seconds, until the butter is melted. Add a bunch of garlic powder to the bowl and stir.

Dip both sides of the bread into the oil/butter/garlic powder mixture. Don't leave it in there for more than a few seconds because it'll soak up too much and then you won't have enough.

When both sides of the bread are covered with the mixture, put shredded mozz on top.

Put it under the broiler. Keep a VERY close eye on it, it should only take maybe 2 minutes or so until the cheese is browned.

And the final product:

This was so yummy and easy! But next time I'll use raw instead of frozen shrimp.

rumpel2 rumpel2 9 years
made this was the absolute best pasta i hv hd in a long long time! it's the sauce which makes it so delish - the combination of tomato and cream, is divine!! i used raw shrimps and used them whole. also, instead of the tomato paste i chopped 4 fresh medium tomatoes and used them. wine used was charles shaw sauvigon blanc.
smileyface smileyface 9 years
That looks great. I think I'll use vodka instead of the white wine and make a penne a la vodka sauce. And I was just saying today I need a new recipe so I can have another dinner party soon...
milosmommy milosmommy 9 years
Wow that looks awesome. Something I could totally handle and not mess up. lol :) Thanks WhiplashGirlChild!
Smart-Living Smart-Living 9 years
I think I'll add fresh tomatoes when I make it. Thanks for a great recipe!
looseseal looseseal 9 years
That looks amazing.
wren1 wren1 9 years
Yay for Whip! Looks like a great recipe!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
oh man that looks awesome! I'm definitely going to try this.
superfoxml superfoxml 9 years
My fiance would love this!! He doesn't really like bread with dinner though so I'd omit that and add a fresh salad. You could totally make this with chicken too so I love the versatility. I think I'll make this for him soon.
CoconutPie CoconutPie 9 years
Oh yeah, I totally forgot about this one. I really need to make it soon. :drool:
ajennilynrushhh ajennilynrushhh 9 years
mmmmm, that looks tasty!
ShePirate2010 ShePirate2010 9 years
looks good
OhFish OhFish 9 years
Love the Penne a la Betsy! I actually made my version of it tonight for my birthday dinner! I also served it with cheesy garlic bread and a simple salad. I'm looking at the leftovers now wondering if I should store them or eat them! :P I used half-and-half instead of the cream this time and thickened it up just a bit with cornstarch. It may not be quite as rich, but it wasn't a very noticeable difference and I didn't have to run to the store.
soapbox soapbox 9 years
Mmm, this looks good. Though I rather leave the shrimp whole, not cut it!
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
thank you for posting this - or at least part of it. i'm never very good at throwing together a good creme sauce - i always lose something in the flavor - so i think that it might be good for me to try something new!
hyzenthlay20 hyzenthlay20 9 years
I LOVE that Pioneer Woman dinner. When we were visiting my parents a month or so ago, we made the Penne ala Betsy and the America's Test Kitchen cheesy garlic bread. We were all shocked at just how GOOD everything tasted! Mmmm . . . now I want to make it again!
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
That looks so delicious and satisfying! Total comfort food :feedme:
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
Oh my! As a huge pasta and shrimp fan, this looks sooo goood!
mllekat mllekat 9 years
I am seriously drooling right now...I cannot wait to make this!
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