Baked cream cheese pasta with shrimp

Baked Cream Cheese Pasta with Shrimp is a meal you won’t want to lớn miss! Roasted ripe cherry tomatoes and fresh garlic are mixed with shrimp, pasta, and cream cheese in this easy baked pasta recipe.

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An Easy Creamy Pasta with Shrimp

You know, cooking with cream cheese is kind of magical. It makes a Danish dazzle, creates a velvety masterpiece when making a cheesecake, và it’s also the perfect easy way to make a creamy sauce! Which is the secret khổng lồ this creamy pasta.

Well, actually this is a two-secret dish. Because in this recipe, instead of making a skillet pasta sauce, the sauce is going in the oven! Juicy tomatoes go in there, too, along with fresh garlic. The result?

Bursting roasted tomatoes stirred into a creamy block of cheese that’s golden on the outside, and melted on the inside. Oh my gosh, that’s some serious Yum. 🤤


What You’ll Need

As fancy as it sounds, this dish is super simple lớn make! The ingredients are grocery store basics, and you probably already have most of them on hand.

Pasta: For this recipe, I like to use small shell pasta, but you could substitute another smaller pasta shape or elbow macaroni, if you like.Shrimp: Make sure the shrimp are cleaned và deveined. You will need about 12 ounces.Cream Cheese: to lớn make the pasta creamy, we’re using an 8 ounce block of cream cheese.Tomatoes: I like to use cherry tomatoes, but you could use grape tomatoes if you prefer.Garlic: Minced fresh garlic is tastiest in this dish, but if you need to, you can substitute a teaspoon of garlic powder.Dried Herbs: I use dried oregano & thyme, but you could also use basil, parsley, dill, or other herbs that you prefer.Olive Oil: Extra-virgin brings the most flavor lớn this savory baked pasta.

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Salt and Pepper: khổng lồ taste.

Can I use frozen shrimp?

Yes, you can! Use large raw frozen shrimp, shelled và deveined, và allow them lớn cook with the pasta for three minutes instead of two.

How lớn Make Cream Cheese Pasta with Shrimp

Let’s get cooking! A great time-saver và flavor-injector is that the shrimp cook right along with the pasta in a simple pot of boiling water. Nice, right? 🙌

Combine the Pasta và the Sauce. Remove the baking dish from the oven. Stir the cream cheese together until it’s creamy & smooth. địa chỉ the cooked pasta & shrimp khổng lồ the sauce, along with ¼ cup of the reserved pasta water. Stir well lớn combine; add more water if needed khổng lồ thin out the sauce.Enjoy! Taste the pasta, and adjust the salt & pepper as needed. Serve warm.

Tips for Success

What else should you know about this recipe? Funny you should ask, because I vị have a few handy tips. Here goes!

Don’t Overcook the Shrimp: Overcooked shrimp are tough và rubbery, so be careful lớn drain the pasta and shrimp immediately và put them right into the sauce lớn serve.Add Veggies: You can stir small broccoli florets, peas, matchstick carrots, or finely diced red bell peppers into the pasta water while the pasta & shrimp cook, if you want more vegetables!Make It Meatless: If shrimp aren’t your thing, try this recipe without them. It will still be amazing (and amazingly easy).

Serving Suggestions

What should you serve with your baked shrimp pasta? Salad và breadsticks are always a nice option, or try one of these tasty ideas.

How to Store và Reheat Leftovers

Can I Freeze Pasta with Shrimp?

Some cooks don’t recommend freezing a recipe with cream cheese sauce, because the cream cheese may separate once it’s thawed. However, you may find that it’s not an issue for you. Depending on the dish, your freezer, & your individual taste, you may have success freezing cream cheese pasta. Here’s how you can do it:Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating, và stir well as it reheats.

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Baked Cream Cheese Pasta with Shrimp

Ripe cherry tomatoes and fresh garlic are baked with cream cheese & then tossed with pasta & shrimp.