Quick & Easy Shrimp Over Pasta

Keeping frozen shrimp on hand is one of the best ways to make a quick & easy weeknight meal or a last-minute company dinner.  Frozen shrimp along with some pantry staples, we created a delicious Mediterranean-style dinner that our family loved. Add a simple salad and enjoy.  PS: They all went for seconds!



Quick & Easy Shrimp over Pasta

Quick & Easy Shrimp Dinner
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 514kcal


  • Large skillet with cover
  • Large rimmed baking sheet
  • Large pasta pot


  • 2 pounds shrimp, large or colossal size, peeled & deveined, tails on
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 10-12 large garlic cloves with skin on
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp EVOO to drizzle over tomatoes & garlic
  • 2 Tbsp EVOO, for skillet
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1-2 cups leftover green vegetables, we used leftover green beans
  • 4 Tbsp butter, separated
  • 1 lb pasta, we used what we had on hand, bucatini
  • Pecorino Romano grated cheese, for garnish


  • Line a large rimmed baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper or aluminum foil.  Turn oven to broil. Once hot, reduce the oven temperature to 425º.
  • Wash tomatoes then coat them along with the whole cloves of garlic (skin on) with 1-2 Tablespoons of EVOO. Sprinkle with salt. Combine well. Place on the lined baking sheet.
  • Place baking sheet on the top oven rack and bake for 15-20 minutes at  425ºF, until tomatoes blister & garlic is soft.
  • Bring a large pasta pot filled with water to a boil. Follow the directions on the pasta box.
  • When the tomatoes are blistered and the garlic is soft, remove the pan from the oven. Set aside until the shrimp are ready. Save the juice from the garlic & tomatoes.
  • In a large, skillet, saute the shrimp in hot EVOO & half the butter. Add 2-3 Tablespoons of tomato paste and 1 cup of chicken broth. Combine well. Cook until shrimp are opaque but not overcooked.
  • Removed the charred and juicy cherry tomatoes from the oven. Remove the whole garlic cloves and squeeze them out of their skins. Mash garlic with a fork and add to the skillet along with all the wonderful tomato juices from the pan with the tomatoes. Combine well. Add the remaining butter then bring to a simmer for about 1 minute. Remove from heat & serve over your favorite pasta.
  • Enjoy!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 514kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 192mg | Sodium: 1436mg | Potassium: 788mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2601IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 145mg | Iron: 3mg

Please note: Although the Nutritional Facts are provided, we are not nutritionists and therefore cannot verify the accuracy of these calculations. Please verify any data you see here with your favorite nutrition calculator.

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Zucchini Shrimp Boats

Zucchini Shrimp Boats

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: Easy

With zucchini being so plentiful we’re always trying to come up with new ways to prepare them. Usually, we make zucchini boats stuffed with sausage, and while they are delicious we’ve been trying to incorporate healthier substitutes for sausage & red meat. So, while going through the freezer I found a 2 lb. bag of frozen large uncooked shrimp (from Costco) and decided to make the zucchini boats using the shrimp. This simple recipe came out delicious...mimicking a creamy shrimp scampi minus the pasta. It’s naturally gluten-free and oh so good!😋❤️


  • 4 large zucchini, sliced lengthwise
  • 2 lbs. large shrimp
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons EVOO
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  •  8 oz mozzarella, shredded
  • 1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano cheese,  grated
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • parsley, chopped for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Cut each zucchini lengthwise in half. Score the inside leaving a bit of an edge, then scoop out zucchini flesh and set aside in a medium bowl.
  3. Place each zucchini in a large casserole dish and drizzle with EVOO. Sprinkle with fresh thyme leaves, salt, pepper, & garlic powder to taste. Bake about 20 minutes in the preheated oven until tender. (Keep oven on because you will return the filled zucchini boats to finish baking)..
  4. While zucchini is baking, heat a large skillet over medium heat, add EVOO.
  5. Add shrimp & season with salt & pepper. Cook until pink 3-4 minutes turning once.   Remove from heat and let cool enough to handle then chop into bite-size pieces.
  6. Add reserved zucchini, tomatoes, and garlic then cook 1-2 minutes more.
  7. Return chopped shrimp to skillet & add heavy cream, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, & lemon juice. Cook until slightly reduced about 3-4 minutes.
  8. Fill the zucchini boats with the shrimp mixture & top with mozzarella and a sprinkle of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Cook until cheese bubbles, about 10 minutes.
  9. Garnish with fresh parsley & more Parmigiano Reggiano. (optional)
  10. Serve immediately and wait for the compliments! ❤️

Notes: Serve as a main dish with a side salad and crusty bread.

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