A lot of shrimp and pasta recipes are quite similar, made with Italian herbs and seasonings, but this one is different because we are using Creole flavors to make it. First we are combining the typical ‘Creole trinity’ of flavors: celery, onion and bell pepper. Then we are adding chili powder, tomato sauce, chicken broth, Worcestershire sauce, sugar and more for a full flavor.
If you want to swap the chicken broth for another kind, like vegetable broth or mushroom broth, go ahead. You can also make other tweaks. If you do not have tomato sauce, try cream of celery soup or cream of mushroom soup. Go ahead and use what you have. The long, slow cooking will ensure the sauce is tasty, thick and delicious. We are adding the shrimp near the end of the cooking time because they do not take long to cook.
Something you might like to do instead is add the shrimp to the pasta a couple of minutes before the end of the cooking time, then toss the drained pasta and shrimp with the sauce from the crockpot. Alternatively you can serve the shrimp sauce over the pasta, as you prefer (the second way looks more elegant). Cook the sauce in your crockpot for 3 hours on high or, if you are going to out of the house for longer, you can cook it for 5 or 6 hours on low instead, to mellow and blend all those delicious flavors. This recipe would also work with chicken or even vegetables instead of the shrimp, or try chopped fish filets instead.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil or bacon grease
- ½ cup finely chopped celery
- ½ cup finely chopped yellow onion
- ½ cup finely chopped green bell pepper
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- 7 oz tomato sauce
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon white sugar, agave nectar or similar
- Tabasco sauce, to taste
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- 14 oz dried pasta shapes or linguine
- 1½ lbs peeled small shrimp (tail-on if liked)
- 8 sprigs fresh sage or similar, to garnish (optional)
- Sauté the celery, onions and peppers in the oil or bacon grease in a skillet until tender.
- Add the chili powder and sauté for a minute.
- Transfer the contents of the skillet into a crockpot.
- Now you can stir in the tomato sauce, chicken broth, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, salt, and black pepper.
- Cook for 3 hours on high.
- Cook the pasta following the instructions on the package, so it is ready when the 3 hours are up.
- Add the shrimp to the crockpot and cook for about 5 minutes or until opaque.
- Stir well.
- Divide the hot pasta between 8 warmed serving plates or bowls.
- Serve the shrimp mixture on top.
- Garnish with fresh herbs if liked.
This easy shrimp and pasta recipe boasts plenty of spicy flavor, although you can adjust the spice if you want it hotter or milder. We are using chicken broth, chili powder and more for the sauce, along with minced vegetables to add flavor and nutrients. Serve this delicious shrimp recipe over linguine, penne, spaghetti or any other kind of pasta. It would also be good served over mashed potatoes or white rice. This recipe makes 8 servings but you can halve the recipe and use a smaller crockpot if that suits you better.
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