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Shrimp and Asparagus Penne

I love a good one-pot pasta recipe, but sometimes you just need to do it the old school way.  This week’s recipe requires more pots, blanching and a whole lot of dicing, but it’s so worth the extra effort. This dish came about on a hot summer day when I didn’t want to go to the grocery store, and all I had on hand was frozen shrimp and fresh asparagus. With the help of some pantry basics, Shrimp Asparagus Penne was on the menu.

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Check out the recipe below:

Shrimp and Asparagus Penne

Shrimp meets Asparagus in this simple yet tasty quick dish perfect for lunch and dinner.
Course Dinner, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 lbs Wild Caught Shrimp (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 box Penne pasta
  • 12 0z Asparagus fresh
  • 1 cup Spinach optional
  • 1 jar your favorite Tomato Sauce
  • ½ Onion diced
  • 1 Clove of Garlic minced or diced
  • 1 small bell pepper red or green diced
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil diced
  • ½ Lemon juiced
  • 2 tbsp Old Bay Seasoning optional
  • 2 tbsp No Salt Seasoning
  • Salt
  • 1 tbsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Red Pepper Flakes optional


  • Peel and devein or thaw and clean your shrimp. Run clean water over the shrimp and pat dry.
  • Depending on your preference, Cut the shrimp into bite-size pieces. (This step is optional)
  • In a small bowl add the shrimp the old bay seasoning, salt, and pepper, a tablespoon of oil and juice of half a lemon. Let marinate for 2-5 minutes.
  • Dice the onion, garlic and bell pepper and set aside. Chop the asparagus to match the length of the pasta, set aside.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt and blanch the asparagus for about 2 minutes. Remove the asparagus and put it into a bowl of ice water and set aside. In the same large pot add the Penne and cook according to package. Drain well.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat. Pour a tablespoon of olive oil and cook the onions, garlic, and peppers. Add a dash of salt, pepper, no-salt seasoning, and red pepper flakes. When the onions and peppers have softened, add the shrimp and let cook for about 3 minutes.
  • Add the blanched asparagus and spinach, combine evenly and let shrimp cook fully till pink for about 2-4 minutes. Add the tomato sauce and stir evenly. Add the pasta and combine. Let simmer for about 2- 5 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy.

Happy Eating!

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