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Italian Shrimp 'n' Pasta Recipe

Italian Shrimp 'n' Pasta Recipe

This dish will remind you a bit of classic Shrimp Creole, but it has a surprise Italian twist. Slow cooking gives it hands-off ease—perfect for company. —Karen Edwards, Sanford, Maine
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 7-1/2 hours YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 2x1-in. strips
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo or other small pasta
  • 1 pound cooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined


  • 1. In a large skillet, brown chicken in oil; transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Stir in celery, pepper, onion, garlic, sugar and seasonings. Cook, covered, on low 7-8 hours or until chicken is just tender.
  • 2. Discard bay leaf. Stir in pasta; cook, covered, on high 15 minutes or until pasta is tender. Stir in shrimp; cook, covered, 5 minutes longer or until heated through. Yield: 6 servings.

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Reviewed Jun. 21, 2011

"My family loves this recipe. It is a little spicy for the younger kids. But the older ones love it. I like that I can skim out the shrimp for those that don't like it and still have chicken in it for them. I make it 3 to 4 times a year."

Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010

"I made this for a pot luck - well received. I felt the spices were a little overwhelming for the shrimp so I may tweak it just a little next time."

Reviewed Mar. 27, 2009 Edited Apr. 8, 2011

"I thought this was an excellent make ahead dish.will definitely make again."

Reviewed Mar. 21, 2009

"How can I scale this down for two people?"

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

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