Creamy Mozzarella Shrimp Pasta

This creamy shrimp pasta combines succulent shrimp, tangy sun-dried tomatoes, and a rich mozzarella sauce for a deliciously easy weeknight dinner. The flavors of basil and a hint of spice from red pepper flakes make this dish a comforting yet sophisticated meal.


For the Pasta:

  • 8 oz penne pasta (for a gluten-free version, use gluten-free brown rice pasta)

For the Shrimp:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (drained from sun-dried tomatoes jar or regular olive oil)
  • 1 pound shrimp, deveined and shells removed
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

For the Creamy Sauce:

  • 4 oz sun-dried tomatoes (without oil), chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (pre-shredded recommended)
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil (increase if using fresh basil)
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (adjust to taste)
  • ⅛ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ cup reserved cooked pasta water (adjust as needed)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Cook the Pasta:
    • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the penne pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Before draining, reserve ½ cup of the pasta cooking water for the sauce. Drain the pasta and set aside.
  2. Cook the Shrimp:
    • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds until fragrant.
    • Add the shrimp and ¼ teaspoon salt. Cook for about 1-2 minutes on each side until the shrimp turn pink and are cooked through. Remove the shrimp from the skillet and set aside.
  3. Make the Creamy Sauce:
    • In the same skillet, add the chopped sun-dried tomatoes and additional minced garlic. Sauté for a minute until the garlic is fragrant.
    • Pour in the half and half and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat and slowly add the shredded mozzarella cheese, stirring continuously, until the cheese melts and the sauce thickens.
    • Stir in the dried basil, red pepper flakes, paprika, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Adjust seasoning and spice level according to taste.
  4. Combine Pasta and Sauce:
    • Add the cooked pasta to the skillet with the sauce, tossing to coat the pasta evenly. If the sauce is too thick, gradually add the reserved pasta water until you reach the desired consistency.
  5. Add Shrimp and Finish:
    • Return the cooked shrimp to the skillet and stir to combine. Heat through for a couple of minutes to ensure everything is warm.
  6. Serve:
    • Serve the pasta hot, garnished with additional basil or parsley if desired. A sprinkle of extra red pepper flakes can be added for those who prefer a spicier dish.


This Creamy Mozzarella Shrimp Pasta is not only bursting with flavor but also easy to prepare, making it an ideal choice for a busy weeknight. The combination of creamy sauce, savory shrimp, and the intense flavor of sun-dried tomatoes creates a satisfying meal that’s sure to please any palate. Enjoy the rich textures and delicious taste of this Mediterranean-inspired pasta dish!

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