Spicy Shrimp & Penne Pasta

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


6 servings

Updated: Dec. 02, 2022
I created this creamy pasta dish when I needed to use up some marinara. Red pepper flakes give it a little heat, which my family loves. It's super versatile, so try it with chicken, or simply stir in some fresh basil, too. —Lorri Stout, Gaithersburg, Maryland
Spicy Shrimp & Penne Pasta Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3 cups uncooked penne pasta (about 12 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 pounds uncooked shrimp (31-40 per pound), peeled and deveined
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) marinara sauce
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half cream
  • 4 cups chopped fresh spinach


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
  2. In a large skillet, heat 1/2 tablespoon each butter and oil over medium-high heat. Saute 1 pound shrimp with 1/4 teaspoon pepper flakes until shrimp turns pink, 3-5 minutes. Remove from pan; repeat.
  3. In same skillet, combine marinara sauce and cream; bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir in spinach until wilted. Add pasta and shrimp; toss and heat through.

Nutrition Facts

1-2/3 cups: 396 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 206mg cholesterol, 723mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 4g fiber), 33g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.