Christmas Eve Confetti Pasta Recipe
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Christmas Eve Confetti Pasta Recipe

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This fabulous, easy pasta has become a holiday tradition in our home. All the prep is done before we attend Christmas Eve service. On returning, I just boil water and saute. It's so colorful with a tossed salad and garlic bread—and always gets raves! —Ellen Fiore, Ridgewood, New Jersey
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) linguine
  • 1 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 pounds cooked small shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups: 418 calories, 11g fat (2g saturated fat), 176mg cholesterol, 331mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 33g protein Diabetic Exchanges:3 starch, 3 lean meat 1-1/2 fat


  1. Cook linguine according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, saute the peppers, onion, garlic and seasonings in oil until vegetables are tender.
  2. Add the shrimp; cook and stir 2-3 minutes longer or until heated through. Drain linguine; toss with shrimp mixture. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Christmas Eve Confetti Pasta in Simple & Delicious November/December 2007, p36

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Jan. 9, 2016

"I made this xmas eve and my family loved it that much I made it again new years eve I used prawns because I couldn,t get shrimps we added our own parmesan and I cut lemon wedges for anyone who wanted them we live in england"

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2015

"I haven't made this yet. It sounds easy enough, and since I was planning to serve shrimp this evening anyways, I think I'll give it a try, but I'll cut the recipe in half."

Reviewed Dec. 17, 2015

"For those who said the shrimp is too bland try buying steamed shrimp from the grocery store and add it to your dish. I do this quite often so the shrimp flavor is enhanced. HAPPY HOLIDAYS everyone!"

Reviewed Dec. 8, 2015

"set aside a large ladle of the water when the pasta is done. if your pasta seems too dry add this ladle of pasta water to the drained pasta as needed."

Reviewed Jan. 16, 2015

"Excellent! Flavorful, colorful and so simple to make. I had some small multicolor peppers (red, yellow, orange) and used these instead of the red pepper--looked so colorful with the green pepper and shrimp. Will definitely make this again!!!"

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