It doesn’t get more flavorful than this Garlicky Fajita Shrimp Pasta! Seared fajita seasoned shrimp, peppers and onions, lots of garlic and pasta tossed together in a simple cream sauce. Serves 4 to 6 (depending) in about 40 minutes.
Love fajitas? Love pasta even more? Well then this garlicky fajita shrimp pasta will fit the bill!
Inspired by this Cajun chicken pasta recipe, I set out to switch things up, by swapping in homemade fajita seasoning and used typical fajita vegetables you’d find on your sizzling platter, with the added bonus of lots of fresh garlic. Swimming in a simple cream sauce that’s utterly and equally luscious and delicious.
This pasta recipe is comfort food to the max and can be made any night of the week!
To start, you will need 3/4 pound campanelle (or another short pasta), 1 pound (16/20) shelled and deveined shrimp, homemade fajita seasoning (omitting the cornstarch), olive oil, 1/2 a medium red onion, 1/4 cup each diced red, orange, yellow and green bell peppers, 4 larger cloves of garlic, dry white wine (or substitute with chicken broth), 1-1/2 cups of half & half, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, cilantro and grated parmesan for serving.
Start by bringing a large pot of water to boil. This takes about 20 to 25-ish minutes so I do this first. I add in the pasta at the same time I add in the garlic (for the recipe) because typically pasta cooks in 10 minutes. A good reminder is that you want your skillet/sauce waiting on the pasta, not the pasta waiting for the sauce. Doing so, the noodles will most likely be stuck together. SO start your pot of water first thing and then add the pasta once you’re about 1/2 to 3/4 through this recipe.
First toss pat dry 1 pound (16/20 size) of raw, peeled and deveined shrimp. Whether the tails are on or off is up to you. Then toss the shrimp with 2 tablespoons fajita seasoning.
Next, heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a 10 or 12-inch deep-sided skillet over medium-high heat until the oil starts to shimmer <—that’s how you will know it’s hot. You can also (carefully) hover your hand over the center of the pan to check. Next, add the shrimp in a single layer and allow to cook 1 to 2 minute or until they have a deep, rich color and can easily release from the pan. Turn the shrimp and continue to cook an additional 1 to 2 minutes. Do not over cook.
Transfer the shrimp to a bowl or plate and set off to the side.
Next reduce the heat to medium and add in 1 teaspoon oil or as needed. Then add the sliced onions and bell peppers. Toss to coat and cook until just starting to get tender. You want firm yet tender not mushy peppers,
Then add in all the garlic, stir and cook for only 1 to 2 minutes.
Next, increase the heat to medium-high and pour in the 1/4 cup of dry white wine, or chicken broth if wanting to avoid alcohol. Stir, scraping up those delicious browned bits on the bottom of the pan. That is where lots of flavor is at!
Once the wine has reduced to roughly a tablespoon, stir in the half & half. Bring to a slow bubble or simmer until the cream sauce has thickened slightly.
Lastly, add in the pasta, shrimp and toss to combine. Taste test and season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
Serve in a shallow dish or bowl and top with chopped fresh cilantro.
Quick and simple yet SO extremely flavorful! Everything you love about fajitas but in pasta form! My family devoured this! I served it with crusty bread and at the last minute I decided to sprinkle my bowl with a little Parmesan cheese. Not really a fajita topping, but oh my goodness it was perfection. SO delicious that everyone’s bowl was gone in minutes and wiped clean (because, bread!). The flavors of the fajita shrimp, veggies and that garlicky pasta sauce was the perfect combination!
Side note: Because I made this in the earlier in the day, I knew I would be reheating it for dinner. When I do this, I remember to reserve a cup of the starchy pasta water so I can add it in while reheating my leftovers. Doing this is an easy way to bring your pasta sauce back to life. I pour the pasta water into a container (with a lid) and store in the fridge. Alternatively, a few splashes of chicken or vegetable broth could be used.
To reheat the pasta, I added the container of “leftovers” back into a large skillet with a little pasta water, covered it with a lid and reheated it slowly until hot.
Prepare to fall in love, my friends!
Enjoy! And if you give this Garlicky Fajita Shrimp Pasta recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!
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