Penne with Shrimp and Herbed Cream Sauce

1 Dec

I have been away for far too long and honestly speaking, I miss cooking in the kitchen a great deal. But what comforts me is that I still get to bake Dessert By Quintessa’s orders during the weekend. With the lack of time on my hands, I opt for easier and faster recipes nowadays.

This recipe, however, requires plenty of ingredients but oh so simple to cook. And you guys know how much I love my pasta. I’ve seen Giada De Laurentiis cooked this dish before and I just knew I had to give it a shot. But of course, I modified it accordingly to substitute the non-halal ingredients.

Without further ado, I present to you Penne with Shrimp and Herbed Cream Sauce 🙂


  • 450 gm penne pasta
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 450 gm medium grey prawns, deshelled and leave the tail intact
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus extra for seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, plus extra for seasoning
  • 400 gm canned tomatoes, drained and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 275 ml fish stock
  • 300 ml heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan


Cook the macaroni according to the directions on the package, for 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the prawns, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently until the prawns are cooked through, about 3 minutes. Remove the prawns and set aside.

Add the tomatoes, 1/4 cup basil, 1/4 cup parsley and the red pepper flakes. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the fish stock and heavy cream. Bring the mixture to a boil.

Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 7 to 8 minutes until the sauce thickens.

Add 1/4 cup of the Parmesan, the cooked prawns, pasta and the remaining herbs. Toss together until all ingredients are coated. Season to taste, with salt and pepper.

Transfer the pasta to a large serving bowl. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and serve immediately.

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