Shrimp Pasta in Spicy Tomato Cream Sauce

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Shrimp Pasta in Spicy Tomato Cream Sauce, this shrimp and pasta dish is super simple to make, incredibly flavorful, and completely satisfying.

This recipe has an ideal combination of flavors from hot and spicy to tangy and creamy. It also has a nice balance of contrasting textures from the firm shrimp to the soft pasta. And, if that’s not enough to win you over, maybe this will, it can be ready to eat and on your table in less than 30 minutes!

Serve this pasta with Parmesan Garlic Bread or Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread and Steakhouse Wedge Salad.

Shrimp Pasta in Spicy New Orleans Tomato Cream Sauce

I love tomato cream sauce but previously shied away from making it. However, I learned it’s a very easy sauce to make. You can see every step in the video below as well as detailed instructions in the recipe card.

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I added spices and cajun seasoning to kick up a basic tomato cream sauce recipe. Although it’s impressive enough for guests, this pasta comes together easily in about 30 minutes making it a good option for weeknight meals as well.

 large wild caught shrimp

Shrimp Pasta in Spicy New Orleans Tomato Cream Sauce Tips

The tomato cream sauce really has the best of both tomato sauce and cream sauce. It has the flavor and tang of a tomato sauce with a little heat from the seasonings and a smooth, creamy texture from the heavy whipping cream.

First of all, you may alter the red pepper and cajun seasoning amount to your desired level of heat. I tend to like spicy food and this had just the right balance for me.

Shrimp Pasta in Spicy New Orleans Tomato Cream Sauce

Furthermore, you can use any shape pasta you like or that you have in the pantry. Hubs prefers angel hair. Angel hair pasta cooks quickly so that’s what I used. I have used 2 or 3 different kinds of pasta in the same dish when I have random amounts remaining in the packages. It all tastes the same so go for it.

Shrimp Pasta in Spicy New Orleans Tomato Cream Sauce

You can use tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, or whole tomatoes in this recipe. I do prefer tomato sauce of diced tomatoes since it reguires a little less time. You wil need to break down the whole tomatoes so that they are not in big chunks.

Additionally, you can use green, red, orange, or yellow bell pepper or even add a jalapeno pepper for more kick when you cook this.

You may also like Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail.

Shrimp Pasta in Spicy New Orleans Tomato Cream Sauce, a completely satisfying meal & ideal combination of flavors from hot and spicy to tangy and creamy.

Shrimp Pasta in Spicy New Orleans Tomato Cream Sauce

Shrimp Pasta in Spicy New Orleans Tomato Cream Sauce is spiked with spices and seasonings that lend a complex note to the recipe. 
Author: Paula
4.82 from 11 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
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  • pound shrimp  shelled and deveined
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon creole seasoning or cajun seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon paste
  • 2 tablespoons chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoon  Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 – 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 8- ounce  angel hair pasta
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped


  • Peel and devein shrimp. Pat shrimp dry with a paper towel.
  • Season shrimp on both sides with red pepper, paprika, and cajun seasoning.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet
  • Add onion and bell pepper. Saute 3 to 4 minutes or until soft.
  • Add shrimp and garlic and cook shrimp 2 minutes per side.
  • Remove shrimp from pan leaving the oil in the skillet.
  • To skillet add tomato sauce, water, chicken bouillon paste, chili sauce, and worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in heavy cream.
  • Season with more salt, pepper, and more cajun seasoning to taste.
  • Boil pasta and drain.
  • Add pasta and shrimp to sauce.
  • Squeeze lemon juice over pasta and stir well to combine.
  • Sprinkle with parsley and serve.


Calories: 689kcal | Protein: 34g
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  1. 5 stars
    Made this as directed and maybe added a little more hot sauce. It was delicious and spicy like we like it. I used angel hair pasta and thought the texture was perfect but any pasta would do. My husband definitely said to add this to the rotation. Quick, easy and delicious!!

  2. 5 stars
    I made this recipe with seasoned chicken as my kids won’t eat shrimp and accidentally mixed up the red pepper and the paprika so it was pretty spicy and while I thought it was awesome the kids wouldn’t have eaten it so I threw in 4oz of cream cheese. I’m guessing the end result was basically the same which was my whole family thought it was one of the best ever. Will make this a regular in the rotation.

  3. 5 stars
    Made this last night just as it was written, except used spaghetti instead of angel hair. It was YUMMY! My husband said, “This one’s definitely a keeper!!!” Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Made this just as written. Delicious!! My husband said “This a keeper for sure!”

  5. 3 stars
    This was good however I would make the following alterations if I make it again.
    It’s a heavy sauce, so I wouldn’t use angel hair pasta. A heavier pasta is needed, even regular spaghetti.
    I would use half and half in place of the heavy cream. Just too heavy in my opinion as the recipe is written. And I would use only 1 to 1.5 cups of tomato sauce. A little too “tomatoey”. Also, not sure the chili sauce is necessary.
    I would give it 3.5 stars if possible.

  6. 5 stars
    Made this tonight. It was absolutely delicious! Used slap ur momma seasoning and only had spaghetti noodles instead of liguini but just as good.

  7. Would you please give more information about what you are calling Cajun seasoning. Like a brand name. Thanks

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