Italian Shrimp 'n' Pasta Recipe

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Italian Shrimp 'n' Pasta Recipe
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Italian Shrimp 'n' Pasta Recipe

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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
MAKES:
6 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. Cook: 7-1/2 hours
MAKES:
6 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. Cook: 7-1/2 hours

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

In a large skillet, brown chicken in oil; transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Stir in tomatoes, celery, pepper, onion, garlic, sugar and seasonings. Cook, covered, on low 7-8 hours or until chicken is just tender.
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.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Orzo is rice-shaped pasta. You can find it in the paste aisle of the grocery store.
  • Originally published as Italian Shrimp n Pasta in Quick Cooking January/February 2004, p29

    Nutritional Facts

    1-1/2 cups: 418 calories, 12g fat (2g saturated fat), 165mg cholesterol, 611mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 4g fiber), 36g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch, 1 fat.

    • 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 tomatoes, 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.

    Test Kitchen tips
  • Orzo is rice-shaped pasta. You can find it in the paste aisle of the grocery store.
  • Originally published as Italian Shrimp n Pasta in Quick Cooking January/February 2004, p29

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    wagondorfer User ID: 1632905 260424
    Reviewed Jan. 28, 2017

    "Next time I will add more sugar. I like a sweeter sauce. Otherwise it was very good."

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    KInlow User ID: 4373558 57138
    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."

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    redplover User ID: 4305514 90784
    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."

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    Joand4 User ID: 3158633 130999
    Reviewed Mar. 27, 2009 Edited Apr. 8, 2011

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

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    becky6926 User ID: 4024735 134501
    Reviewed Mar. 21, 2009

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

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