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Christmas Eve Confetti Pasta Recipe

Christmas Eve Confetti Pasta Recipe

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. YIELD: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 peeled and deveined cooked shrimp (61-70 per pound)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  • 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.

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.

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muffbear74 User ID: 209131 269064
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2017

"It's about as far away from Christmas as you can get, but I made this tonight and really enjoyed the light flavor as a summer dinner. I am going to try the leftovers cold tomorrow for lunch."

sdipiazza User ID: 2106899 260651
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2017

"Delicious and easy. I cut it down to two servings. Other commenters said it was dry so I saved some of the pasta water and added some granulated bouillon and poured that over the shrimp and veggies before I added the pasta. Really good, not soupy, just enough moisture. I used olive oil spray rather than olive oil to cut down on calories a bit. Try it."

asnunez User ID: 2408742 258541
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2016

"Very Blah!"

homemadewithlove User ID: 4311884 252117
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2016

"Very good dish!! Loved the flavors and shredded Parmesan. Served with salad and corn on the cob."

laura6364 User ID: 8690626 241391
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"

KittieCatt User ID: 6154720 239676
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."

Ginnie0414 User ID: 6792948 239622
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!"

naduah User ID: 6774175 239009
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."

ConnieK User ID: 282614 217972
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!!!"

brownrexx User ID: 1161327 215283
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2014

"I had some Orange Szechwan flavored pasta and used that instead of plain pasta so I left out the oregano. It was very tasty. The oil covered the pasta so we did not feel the need for a heavy sauce. I put the Parmesan on the table and we added our own cheese to taste.

It was a very eye appealing meal and was easy to make"

Sherryhomemaker User ID: 6169456 214909
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2014

"I tried this recipe as is the first time and it was very good. We loved it but we are used to pasta with sauce so I added a little homemade tomato sauce with Italian season and a little spinach Voila! Made I our own. Loved it.


gardas User ID: 985824 168770
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2014

"Really tasty. It isn't supposed to be drowning in sauce. To spice it up I use more crushed red pepper flakes, fresh ground pepper and salt. I also use green onions with tops I think it brings out the onion flavor more. Also, use fresh parmesan cheese. My husband hates pasta that is over sauced so this fits the bill for him."

skh1234 User ID: 6762085 168768
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2013

"very bland - not enough sauce - no one in my family liked this and we all love pasta dishes. Ended up throwing most of it out and the shrimp was very expensive. What a waste. Will not be making it again."

AFleeman User ID: 5235308 82435
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2013

"It is too dry. I like my pasta with more of a sauce on it. Felt like the sauce needy to be creamy."

tskamp User ID: 5220762 82434
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2010

"I used fresh pasta and cheese. I also added extra crushed red pepper as we like things a little spicier than most people. Great recipe - I'll be making it again."

joanneharrington User ID: 4145867 100800
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2009 Edited Jan. 14, 2016

"This was a nice simple dish to make. I followed another reader's suggestion to add a squeeze of lemon juice prior to serving and a drizzle of high quality extra virgin olive oil."

HoneyBun2009 User ID: 4461491 100799
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2009

"Shimp needs a little butter for flavor and maybe a squeeze of lemon juice as an acid. Melt the butter with the olive oil and finish the dish off with lemon juice."

cindyb8992 User ID: 4635001 109356
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2009

"This was a very good recipe with a good flavor,but it wasn't strong"

cpecor User ID: 3354447 98811
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2009 Edited Jan. 14, 2016

"I found the vegetables were very tasty. My shrimp was bland but that was my fault. My son doesn't like shrimp so I added to the finished meal. He did, however, have 2 servings of the pasta and vegetables."

Joscy User ID: 2694585 170240
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2009 Edited Jan. 14, 2016

"Thank you for sharing your recipe - it was very tasty!!

What a small world -- I'm originally from Waldwick, New Jersey."

valmarie User ID: 3067807 173227
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2008

"I don't know, this had NO taste whatsoever. With all the chopping I did it was so not worth it. It was just blah."

skayweber User ID: 702518 100796
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2008 Edited Jan. 14, 2016

"Instead of peppers in this recipe, try cutting up some green onions, with a bit of the top. Or add chopped up (seeded) tomatoes or small pieces of brocolli. Different possibilities are endless and I think that I may try this one. I love shrimp and pasta!"

oceans5 User ID: 3622832 98970
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2008

"This recipe was great! We left out the bell peppers since we don't usually like them and it was still very tasty. Even my picky kids ate it."

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