Saturday, December 24, 2016

Buttery Pasta and Shrimp Recipe Review

Our Favorite Seafood Meal

Image of my buttery pasta & shrimp dish
Having lived in coastal communities a number of times over the years, from the California Central Coast to the Gulf Coast of Florida to (today) Coastal Georgia, seafood dishes are popular favorites in our household. 

While living on the California Central Coast in 1980, I came across a shrimp recipe put out in a little cookbook leaflet by Land O Lakes, using real butter (yum) in the recipes. This shrimp/pasta buttery combination has become a standard for company dinners and has also become a family favorite for Christmas Eve dinner every year.

cooking time on Buttery Pasta and Shrimp Recipe


Ingredients for Buttery Pasta and Shrimp Recipe
Ingredients, prepped and ready

  • 3 cups cooked spaghetti, (7 oz. Uncooked)
  • 1/4 cup Sweet Cream Butter
  •  1 cup chopped green pepper, (1 medium)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 (12 oz.) packages frozen cocktail shrimp (or fresh shrimp as noted below)
  • 1-1/2 tsp. Garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Oregano leaves
  • 1/4 tsp. Pepper
  • 2 cups cubed fresh tomatoes
  • Grated Parmesan or Romano Cheese 

*Cooks' Note

The recipe calls for frozen cocktail size shrimp, which is fine, but living near the coast where fresh seafood is available I naturally substitute fresh shrimp for the cocktail shrimp.

I take about one pound of medium shrimp, peeled & deveined, cut them in half most times, and sauté them separately in a bit of butter & garlic before adding them to the pot of vegetables simmering in the butter & seasonings. I've also added fresh sliced mushrooms to the original vegetables of chopped onions and green pepper in the recipe. As you can see, your own preferences are easy to substitute in this dish.


Image of the cooked Angel Hair Pasta for recipe
Angel Hair Pasta - Cooked
  • Cook spaghetti; set aside.  I used angel hair pasta in this recipe, but you can use any pasta that you desire.

Pan holding vegetables sautéed in butter
Sautéing the vegetables in real butter
  • In a 3 qt. Saucepan melt butter over medium heat (5-7 minutes).
  • Add remaining ingredients, except tomatoes and spaghetti. Stir to blend.
  • Cook over medium heat (5-7 minutes).
  • Add cooked spaghetti; stir to blend.
  • Continue cooking over medium heat, stirring occasionally until spaghetti is heated through (3-5 minutes).
  • Remove from heat; add chopped tomatoes. Cover; let stand 1 minute or until tomatoes are heated through.
  • To serve, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Dinner photo: Pasta dish with garlic toast & coleslaw
Pasta dish with garlic toast & coleslaw

Serve this buttery pasta and shrimp dish with slices of garlic bread or Texas Toast, and either a salad or coleslaw, and you have a very delicious and satisfying meal anytime you crave shrimp & pasta.

Land O' Lakes Chicken and Seafood Cookbook

Land of Lakes Cookbook
Land O Lakes Chicken & Seafood Cookbook

The buttery pasta with shrimp recipe featured in this review can also be found in this cookbook of recipes for chicken and seafood made using real butter. I've used my copy for years!

This 44-page booklet from 1980 has recipes for both chicken and a variety of seafood, all using delicious butter.

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+Images are personal photographs by (c) Wednesday Elf

(c) Wednesday Elf. Article originally written in October 2013 on another site.

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  1. This looks delicious. And now you have me hungry for seafood!

    1. Always hard to resist seafood, especially when one lives in or near coastal areas, like you and me, Dawn Rae. :)

  2. I'm with Dawn Rae on this one, now I'm dreaming of seafood instead of turkey. Sound like a really good recipe and one that I will certainly make soon.

  3. I have several members of my family who would love this recipe! My husband and son both love shrimp and pasta. Sadly, I cannot eat shrimp myself, but I can certainly eat the pasta. Thank you for sharing your wonderful shrimp and pasta recipe.

    1. Divide the recipe in two, Sylvestermouse - put shrimp in one and chicken (for you) in the other. Chicken and pasta is delicious too. :) Sorry you are allergic to seafood -- I'd really miss it if I couldn't eat it.

  4. We eat Tex Mex on Christmas eve but Hubby loves shrimp and pasta so....this sounds great for a few days after Christmas! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Isn't it delightful that everyone appears to have their own special dishes for Christmas Eve. It's one of those days you like to have a special meal. Enjoy your Tex Mex tonight, Heather, and have a shrimp/pasta meal later.

  5. This is the type of recipe I love to throw together in the summertime. I love the idea of turning into a traditional meal for Christmas Eve or other special occasions (I'd choose this for my birthday dinner). Thank you for sharing the recipe, Elf, and do enjoy it tonight with your family!

    1. Thanks, Susan. And a wonderful Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to you and yours.

  6. I don't eat shrimp, but I'm sure Forrest Gump would love this recipe! I love how you've found a Forrest Gump shrimp recipe book as well, I will have to get that for my husbands birthday as he loves shrimp and cookbooks as well as the movie!

  7. I love shrimp and this recipe sounds fabulous.

    1. It IS fabulous, Angela. In fact, I fixed myself some just this past week. Yum!


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