Pasta With Shrimp And Spicy Butter


Spice up dinner any night of the week with this luscious seafood pasta.

Pasta With Shrimp And Spicy Butter

Greg DuPree

Total Time:
30 mins

This scrumptious shrimp pasta comes together in less than 30 minutes, which makes it a go-to for a weeknight dinner. The secret lies in a dressed-up butter enhanced with chopped sun-dried tomatoes, crushed red pepper, smoked paprika, and a spoonful of gochujang, a Korean chile paste that’ll make your tastebuds sing. If you love the spiciness of chili crisp, you’ll adore this dish. Of course, if you’d like to tame down the spice, use less of both the crushed red pepper and gochujang. For maximum enjoyment, go for a wide, flat noodle with rippled edges like mafalde, or swap in pappardelle or fettuccine.


  • 12 oz mafalde or fettuccine pasta

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter

  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and finely chopped

  • 1 tbsp gochujang

  • 2 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper

  • 1 tsp kosher salt

  • 3/4 tsp ground black pepper

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 lb peeled, deveined extra-large raw shrimp

  • Grated parmesan cheese, for serving


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water. Drain pasta and return it to pot.

  2. Meanwhile, combine butter, tomatoes, gochujang (if using), paprika, crushed red pepper, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper in a medium bowl.

  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add shrimp and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Cook until shrimp are lightly browned and just cooked through, about 4 minutes. Add 1/4 cup reserved pasta water; cook, stirring, until water has mostly evaporated, 1 to 2 minutes.

  4. Toss butter mixture and shrimp with drained pasta. Add remaining 1/4 cup reserved pasta water as needed to loosen sauce to desired consistency. Top with black pepper and cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

518 Calories
34g Fat
32g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 518
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g 44%
Saturated Fat 16g 81%
Cholesterol 205mg 68%
Sodium 1020mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 14mg 71%
Calcium 97mg 7%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 427mg 9%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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