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Wednesday, October 5, 2022



Benefits of Shrimp! 

  • Shrimp is rich in minerals, such as zinc and selenium, which regulate vital processes and chemical reactions in the body by activating enzymes.
  • The minerals in shrimp strengthen the immune system and boost energy.
  • Shrimp is rich in antioxidants that are known to be resistant to cancerous diseases, especially prostate, lung, colon and rectal cancer.
  • Shrimp activates metabolism in the body.
  • Shrimp is rich in vitamin A and vitamin B12, which are vitamins that promote circulation and red blood cells, and are good for nerve health.
  • Shrimp is one of the protein foods that help lose weight because of its work on satiety, and it is low in calories.
  • Shrimp is a rich source of vitamin D, which is an important vitamin for overall health.
  • Shrimp is a source of natural iodine, which regulates the functioning and activity of the thyroid gland.
  • The multivitamins in shrimp improve the health of the skin and complexion.
  • The omega-3 and minerals in shrimp are important for maintaining a healthy heart.
  • Phosphorous in shrimp enhances sexual ability in men and women.

Ingredients :


  • 8 oz (ca. 302 g) penne pasta (for gluten-free version, use gluten-free brown rice pasta)


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (drained from sun-dried tomatoes jar, or just use regular olive oil)
  • 1 pound (ca. 454 g) shrimp (without shells, and deveined)
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Creamy Sauce:

  • 4 oz (ca. 151 g) sun-dried tomatoes (without oil)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded (do not use fresh Mozzarella, use pre-shredded Mozzarella)
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, crushed, add more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil (if using fresh basil, you can add more)
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup reserved cooked pasta water (or more)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


How to cook pasta:

Cook pasta according to package instructions. Reserve some cooked pasta water. Drain the pasta.

How to cook shrimp:

Note: if using sun-dried tomatoes in oil (in a jar), make sure to drain sun-dried tomatoes from oil, before using them. Reserve 2 tablespoons of this drained oil for sautéing the shrimp, as described below:

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil (reserved from the sun-dried tomatoes jar – see note above, or use regular olive oil) in a large skillet on medium-high heat.
  2. Add shrimp with minced garlic. Cook the shrimp on one side for about 1 minute, until the shrimp turns pink or golden brown on that side. While it cooks, sprinkle salt over the shrimp to cover every single shrimp.
  3. Make sure not to crowd the shrimp in the skillet, otherwise moisture will form, and the shrimp won’t sear right.
  4. After 1 minute, Flip the shrimp over to the other side and cook for about 30 seconds or 1 minute more.
  5. The shrimp should be golden color or pink on both sides and not overcooked.
  6. Remove the shrimp to a plate, being careful to leave all the oil in the skillet.

How to make creamy sauce:

  1. To the same skillet, add sun-dried tomatoes (drained from oil and sliced into smaller chunks, if needed) and more minced garlic.
  2. Sauté sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil (remaining from shrimp) on medium heat, stirring, for 1 minute until the garlic is fragrant. The skillet should be hot.
  3. Add half and half to the hot skillet with sun-dried tomatoes and bring to boil.
  4. Add shredded cheese to the skillet, and quickly stir in while boiling. Immediately reduce to simmer.
  5. Continue cooking the sauce on low simmer heat, constantly stirring, until all the cheese melts and the creamy sauce forms.
  6. If the sauce is too thick, add a small amount of half-and-half or reserved cooked pasta water.
  7. Add basil, crushed red pepper flakes, paprika. Stir.
  8. Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt gradually, stirring on low heat and tasting (you might need slightly less than 1/4 teaspoon).

How to assemble shrimp pasta:

  1. Add cooked pasta to the sauce, and reheat gently on medium heat.
  2. Add the cooked shrimp, stir it in.
  3. Taste, and season with more salt, if required.
  4. If the sauce is too thick, add a small amount of half-and-half or reserved cooked pasta water.
  5. Let everything simmer on low heat for a couple of minutes for flavors to combine.


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