The best way to show love? A delicious homemade meal, of course! Spoil the special moms (or mother figures) in your life by making this yummy and nutritious Chipotle Shrimp Penne for her Mother’s Day dinner featuring Barilla Protein+ pasta and Fire Roasted Marinara Sauce.
This dish packs the delicious flavors of chipotle into Barilla Fire Roasted Marinara Sauce. The hint of spice, roasted sauce, sautéed veggies, and succulent shrimp is a wonderful combination.
And, if you’re new to the cooking game, don’t worry! This recipe is made a little easier using some smart store-bought ingredients. It’s also simple enough for kids to jump in and help make for their mother figures.
Why I Love This Recipe
I am a huge fan of recipes that deliver on flavor without taking a ton of time. This spicy shrimp pasta comes together in a heartbeat!
Both shrimp and pasta make for speedy weeknight supper material due to their short cook time.
And while pasta sauces can sometimes take hours to layer flavor upon flavor, Barilla® Fire Roasted Marinara Sauce has already done the heavy lifting for you! This easy shortcut adds a ton of savory depth to the chipotle pasta sauce while saving you a boatload of time in the process.
I’m also a huge fan of Barilla’s recently reformulated Protein+ line of pastas. Now made without eggs, it’s the perfect vegan-friendly pasta! This wholesome pasta cooks in just 10 to 12 minutes, and boasts 10 g of protein and 4 g of fiber per serving.
This spicy shrimp penne is not only a great, nutritious meal that I can feel good about feeding to my loved ones, but is also so delicious it is sure to impress the mother figures in your life.
This tasty Chipotle Shrimp Penne Pasta is one you’re not going to want to miss!
How to Make
First up, get some water boiling for your pasta. Salt it enough so that it tastes like the sea.
TIP: If possible, use an electric kettle to get your water boiling faster! It’ll shave about 10 minutes off the total time for this dish.
Bring a large pot of water and salt to boil. Cook pasta al dente, according to package directions. Drain pasta.
While the pasta is cooking, get started on the sauce.
Chipotle Pasta Sauce
Heat oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add diced onions, bell peppers, garlic, and tomato and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes.
Add the sauce, diced chipotle peppers, sautéed vegetables, adobo sauce, and ½ cup of water. Bring to a boil and then simmer on low for 10 to 12 minutes. Add cooked pasta to sauce to coat. Season to taste.
Next, in a small bowl, combine chipotle powder, salt, and pepper and sprinkle over shrimp. Preheat skillet on medium heat. Add oil and cook shrimp for 3 to 4 minutes per side.
TIP: Be sure not to overcook your shrimp! They are done when they are *just* opaque and pink. If they start tightening up into little “o’s,” they will become rubbery and tough.
Toss shrimp and pasta together to warm. If you’re feeling fancy, garnish with fresh basil.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! Barilla reformulated its Protein+ line by removing the egg whites, making it entirely plant-based and vegan-friendly.
Pasta is a traditional staple of the Mediterranean Diet. It also serves as the perfect carrier for other nutritious ingredients like:
-Nutritious vegetables (in the sauce),
-Lean proteins (from the shrimp) and healthy oils.
While I always recommend that you consult with a nutritionist or registered dietician, this delicious shrimp pasta hits all the boxes for me and my family!
Jarred sauce is a great time-saving shortcut, and you can be confident in the quality Barilla has to offer. In each jar of Barilla Premium Red Sauce, you’ll find high-quality, wholesome ingredients –all varieties are made with no added sugar, no preservatives, and are Non-GMO Project verified (refer to the nutrition label for more details).
Generally speaking, shrimp are always going to taste better when they are freshly cooked. That said, you can definitely get a jump on dinner by making the chipotle pasta sauce in advance. It should last for up to a week in the refrigerator, or up to 6 months in the freezer!
The pasta can also be cooked up ahead of time. It’ll last up to three days in the refrigerator.
You know the best part about this chipotle pasta? You can skip shrimp and it still a flavorful vegetarian dinner or lunch. Or replace using chicken or your favorite protein.
Need more Mother’s Day recipes?
Check out some of my favorites below:
- Mexican Style Baked French Toast Casserole
- Red Chile Chilaquiles (Chilaquiles Rojos)
- Easy & Authentic Huevos Rancheros
- Shrimp Enchiladas with Salsa Verde
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Chipotle Shrimp Penne
- 1 box Barilla® Protein+™ Penne
- Bring a large pot of water and salt to boil. Cook pasta al dente, according to package directions.
- While the pasta is cooking, heat oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add the diced onions, bell peppers, garlic, and tomato and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Add the sauce, diced chipotle peppers, sautéed vegetables, adobo sauce, and ½ cup of water. Bring to a boil and then simmer on low for 10 to 12 minutes.
- Once pasta is finished cooking, drain pasta.
- Add cooked pasta to sauce to coat. Season to taste.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine chipotle powder, salt, and pepper and sprinkle over shrimp.
- Preheat skillet on medium heat.
- Add shrimp to pasta to warm and garnish with fresh basil, if using.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
- Don’t like shrimp? Chicken will work or omit entirely to make vegetarian.
Photography by Jenna Sparks
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