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Spicy Shrimp & Penne Pasta

I created this creamy pasta dish when I needed to use up some marinara. Red pepper flakes give it a little heat, which my family loves. It's super versatile, so try it with chicken, or simply stir in some fresh basil, too. —Lorri Stout, Gaithersburg, Maryland
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 3 cups uncooked penne pasta (about 12 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pounds uncooked shrimp (31-40 per pound), peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) marinara sauce
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half cream
  • 4 cups chopped fresh spinach


  • In a 6-qt. stockpot, cook pasta according to package directions; drain and return to pot.
  • In a large skillet, heat half the butter and half the oil over medium-high heat. Saute half the shrimp with 1/4 teaspoon pepper flakes until shrimp turn pink, 3-5 minutes; remove from pan. Repeat with remaining butter, oil, shrimp and pepper flakes.
  • In same pan, heat marinara sauce and cream just to a boil over medium heat, stirring to blend. Stir in spinach until wilted; add to pasta. Stir in shrimp; heat through.
Nutrition Facts
1-2/3 cups: 395 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 206mg cholesterol, 702mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 4g fiber), 33g protein. Diabetic exchanges: 4 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

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  • Lynn
    Dec 4, 2017

    Made tonight, absolutely loved this, made as directed with the exception of some salt, pepper and a shake of parmesan