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Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta

This creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta recipe makes for the BEST pasta dinner ready in under 30 minutes! Buttery cajun shrimp in a creamy cajun sauce mixed with pasta.

Cajun shrimp pasta in a deep skillet topped with fresh greens and grated parmesan.

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If you love easy pasta dinners like our Feta Pasta, creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta, or Chicken Alfredo Pasta, this Cajun Shrimp Pasta is a must try.

Cajun Shrimp Pasta Recipe

This simple pasta dish is such a great recipe to make, not only for busy weeknights but even a fancy dinner. Cajun Shrimp Pasta is a flavor-packed spin on our Creamy Shrimp Pasta. You’ll love the buttery and tender shrimp tossed in a spicy cajun seasoning and coated in creamy tomato alfredo pasta sauce with penne noodles.

Pasta, cajun shrimp, and sauce in a deep skillet unmixed.

How to Make Cajun Shrimp Pasta

  1. Pasta– Cook the pasta in salted water until al dente according to package instructions.
  2. Shrimp– Peel and devein shrimp. Toss the shrimp into the cajun seasoning and saute until opaque. Remove the shrimp from the skillet and cover to keep warm.
  3. Sauce– Saute garlic with butter until fragrant, add the tomatoes. Add cream, cajun seasoning, and parmesan and bring to a simmer.
  4. Combine – Add the shrimp back in along with the pasta and stir to coat in sauce.
  5. Serve– Top with freshly grated parmesan and parsley to serve.

Pro Tip: Add more or less cajun seasoning to adjust the level of heat in this dish.

Step by step collage on how to make homemade cajun shrimp pasta recipe.

Serve With

This hearty pasta dish is perfect to serve on its own, but we love to pair it with a fresh Caesar Salad or any of these sides:

Cajun shrimp pasta in a skillet topped with fresh parmesan cheese and chopped greens.

Common Questions

What kind of shrimp can I use?

For the best results, you will want to use large fresh shrimp that are peeled and deveined. We love 21-25 count. You may also use frozen raw shrimp and thaw before using.

Can I use a different type of pasta?

You can substitute the penne pasta for any other pasta such as rigatoni, ziti, mostaccioli, and elbow pasta.

What type of cajun seasoning do I use?

You can use any of your favorite store bought cajun seasoning.

Can I add vegetables?

You can definitely add your favorite vegetable to the shrimp pasta. Onion, peppers, asparagus or green beans would all work great.

Why is my cajun sauce runny?

If your sauce is runny, then you did not simmer the sauce long enough. Also, make sure to use HEAVY whipping cream which has a higher fat content than regular whipping cream and don’t skip the parmesan cheese which helps thicken the sauce.

Wooden spatula in a skillet of cajun shrimp pasta with a spoonful of pasta and shrimp.

I hope this creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta becomes a new family favorite for you.

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Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta

4.97 from 29 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Canjun shrimp pasta recipe served with parsley

Cajun Shrimp Pasta recipe that makes for the BEST pasta dinner that is ready in under 30 minutes! Buttery cajun shrimp in a creamy cajun sauce mixed with pasta. An easy pasta dish packed with so much flavor!

Author: Valentina Ablaev
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $16-$20
Keyword: cajun shrimp pasta
Cuisine: American
Course: Main Course
Calories: 523
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 oz penne pasta
  • 1 lb large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp cajun seasoning divided
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese plus more to serve
  • 2 Tbsp parsley to garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cook the penne pasta in a pot of salted water until al dente according to package instructions. Drain the water and cover the pasta to keep warm.

  2. Coat the shrimp with 1 Tbsp of the cajun seasoning. In a deep skillet, heat 1 Tbsp oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the seasoned shrimp in a single layer and saute for about 1-2 minutes per side, or until the shrimp is no longer translucent, remove from skillet and cover to keep warm.

  3. In the same skillet, melt 2 Tbsp butter with the minced garlic and cook 30 seconds until fragrant. Add in the diced tomatoes and saute for about 2-3 minutes.

  4. Pour in the heavy whipping cream, remaining 1 Tbsp cajun seasoning and grated parmesan cheese. Bring to a simmer then reduce to medium/low heat and continue 2-3 minutes or until the sauce thickens.

  5. Add the shrimp and pasta back into the skillet and stir until noodles are coated in sauce and everything is heated through. Garnish with chopped parsley if desired and serve.

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 523 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 18g113%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 289mg96%
Sodium 745mg32%
Potassium 303mg9%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 2348IU47%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 265mg27%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Valentina Ablaev

I am Valentina, the creator behind the food blog Valentina’s Corner where I share our family’s favorite recipes. When I am not in the kitchen, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and 5 children. We invite you to join us on our blogging journey!

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  • Carol
    September 20, 2021

    Made this over the weekend, as I love everything shrimp! This was such a great pasta dish. Thank you so much, I do not think I have ever tried one of your recipes that didn’t exceed expectations! Keep on sharing your recipes, hopefully you will have a cookbook some day!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 20, 2021

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review, Carol!

      Reply

  • Maureen
    September 15, 2021

    I have made this dish many times and it is a huge hit!! I was wondering if you have any tips for making large batches and possibly freezing? I have a very large family and it’s nice to be able to make things ahead of time. Thank you so much! I love your blog and recipes!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 16, 2021

      You’re welcome, Maureen. I’m happy that you loved it! I honestly haven’t tried freezing this yet to advise.

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      • Anna
        September 18, 2021

        OMG this is so delicious!! I added some smoked spicy sausage with the shrimp and it turned out amazing. Your recipes never disappoint! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          September 18, 2021

          Yum! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

          Reply

  • D'Arcy Hope
    September 2, 2021

    Made this tonight and while I am not crazy about cooking, I am crazy and based on feedback from my husband, will indeed make over and over, he said one of the best pasta dishes he has had!!!!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 3, 2021

      Wow, thanks to you both for the awesome feedback! That makes me happy and proud.

      Reply

  • Josh
    September 2, 2021

    Awesome recipe. Totally got the name, Chef, after preparing this in the house 😄

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 2, 2021

      That’s so great, Josh! I’m so happy your family loved this!

      Reply

  • B
    August 30, 2021

    Love all your recipes. We added shallots abd asparagus. Kids were licking their plates. Definitely a keeper!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 30, 2021

      Hi B! That is the best when kids love what we parents make. That’s so great!

      Reply

  • Jenn
    August 29, 2021

    Excellent. We have tried a few of the other recipes on this site and they have all been very good. But this one was by far my favorite. Will definetly be making this again. Thanks for the great recipes!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 30, 2021

      Hello Jenn, you are so welcome! Thanks for your good comments and feedback, I appreciate it.

      Reply

  • Marek D
    August 16, 2021

    This was so yummy.
    My mom, my wife and I all loved it. Next time I will add less Cajun spice so that my six year old daughter can enjoy this super pasta too. This was really finger licking good.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 16, 2021

      Sounds like a good plan. Glad your family enjoyed this recipe, thank you for sharing that with us.

      Reply

  • Richard Sinkler
    August 5, 2021

    Tried this recipe, and as it is, it is just OK at best. I ended up tripling the amount of cajun spice on the shrimp. After pouring in 1 cup of cream, I realized it was going to end up soupy. I only used the 1 cup cream, and still ended up thickening it when done. I didn’t have a full pack of linguine, so I also added Penny, half each. When I make this again, it will be penne only. When serving it to eat, it really lacked a cajun pizzazz. So I sprinkled more cajun seasoning on before eating

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 5, 2021

      Sounds good, Richard. Thanks for sharing your experience making this recipe!

      Reply

  • Sandra S
    July 18, 2021

    Tried this recipe for the first time today because we finally had temps under 90 today and rain. Simple and delicious!!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 18, 2021

      Sounds perfect, thanks for giving this recipe a try, Sandra. Good to know that you loved it!

      Reply

  • Maureen
    July 16, 2021

    Delicious! I added fresh baby spinach.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 16, 2021

      Yum! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Betsy
    July 13, 2021

    Winner in my house !! Love trying new things this was so simple and delicious!!! I used tomato paste it came out 😍😍

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 13, 2021

      We love trying new things too! I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Betsy!

      Reply

    • Nichole
      July 17, 2021

      If I can ask, how much tomato paste did you use? We don’t like tomatoes here but can handle paste or smooth sauce.

      Reply

  • Shelley
    July 12, 2021

    So glad I came across this recipe. This dish was so easy to make and absolutely delicious. Tasted as good as any restaurant seafood pasta but much more cost effective 🙂 My partner raved over it and said it was one of the best dishes I’ve made. I will definitely make this again!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 12, 2021

      It totally does taste the restaurant-quality! I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Shelley!

      Reply

  • lulu
    July 6, 2021

    Just made Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta! Wow! It was a great hit! The whole family loved this so much. Super easy to make and very easy instructions to follow. This is going to be a once a month dish for sure!😋😉

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 6, 2021

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite!

      Reply

  • Julie
    July 5, 2021

    I made this tonight and it was wonderful. I used whole wheat pasta. I don’t ever have heavy cream and we were out of parmesan so I used milk and a block of 1/3 fat cream cheese. I also added a bag of fresh spinach. I sauteed an onion prior to the garlic because I put onion in everything. Was so good!! Thank you for the recipe!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 6, 2021

      You are so welcome, Julie! I”m happy to know that you loved this recipe.

      Reply

  • Victoria
    July 5, 2021

    Hi Natasha!! I absolutely loved this recipe, so easy and simple! Also I go to this restaurant called Teresa and they have this meal in their menu and I almost get it every time because it that good, and now I can make it at home anytime! Thank you!!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 5, 2021

      Isn’t it awesome? You can now make your favorite recipe anytime you crave it! I’m so happy that you loved it.

      Reply

  • Victoria
    July 5, 2021

    Hi Natasha!! I absolutely loved this recipe a lot! I went to this restaurant called Teresa and I get this meal every time because it’s that good as it was literally a copy-cat, and now I can make it at home anytime! Thank you!!!

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    • Victoria
      July 5, 2021

      Oh and when I meant like it was a copy-cat I meant that it was lovely and it tasted the same and I loved it!

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      • Natasha's Kitchen
        July 5, 2021

        Totally get it, loved your feedback! Thanks so much.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 5, 2021

      Thank you, Victoria for your great review!

      Reply

  • Tatyana
    June 30, 2021

    Yummy quick and easy recipe, added chicken to the recipe and turned out delicious! Thank you

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 30, 2021

      You’re welcome, Tatyana! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Itz
    June 30, 2021

    Mines tasted extremely salty. We couldn’t even eat it. Any ideas why it might of happened?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 30, 2021

      Oh no — that’s a bummer! I’m curious if the ratios were off by chance? We salt the water for pasta, is it possible that was oversalted? Also, make sure you’re using unsalted butter!

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      • Anthony D
        July 27, 2021

        The slap yo mama seasoning that is linked to in the recipe above was way too salty to use two table spoons. The recipe is definitely off there. Otherwise flavors are good

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  • Zara
    June 27, 2021

    Can you omit the tomatoes? Family doesn’t like them 🙁

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 27, 2021

      Hi Zara, I haven’t tried making it without tomatoes yet. If you do an experiment, please share with us how it goes.

      Reply

  • Sue
    June 21, 2021

    This was easy to make and really delicious!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 21, 2021

      Thank you for your good review, Sue!

      Reply

  • Fivi Siordia
    June 15, 2021

    Can I use Old Bay Seasoning instead of Cajun Seasoning?

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  • Jessica Vandewalker
    June 7, 2021

    Can you use chicken instead of shrimp?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 7, 2021

      Hi Jessica! Yes, that will work! I hope you love this recipe.

      Reply

  • Veronica
    June 3, 2021

    Made this for dinner and I picked this recipe since I follow you on Facebook and it was delicious! My husband loved it as well!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 3, 2021

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Veronica! I’m so glad you discovered my blog and this recipe!

      Reply

  • Lynn
    June 3, 2021

    How do I reheat the pasta?

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    • Natasha
      June 3, 2021

      Hi Lynn, I would reheat on a skillet over low heat so the sauce doesn’t separate.

      Reply

  • Linda
    May 30, 2021

    Hi Natasha, I made your Creamy Cajun Pasta with Shrimp tonight for dinner. We found it to be very good the only thing I think I will change next time is instead of 2 TBLSP of Butter, I’ll do one as I found it to be a little oily but, other than that, it was excellent and definitely a keeper. Thank you for another great recipes. HUGS from Canada

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 30, 2021

      That sounds good, Linda. Thanks for sharing your comments with us, glad you liked it!

      Reply

  • Jana VandeStouwe
    May 25, 2021

    Just made the recipe. Very good. Definitely making again. I like finding a recipe I don’t need to change to a certain taste. Thank you.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 25, 2021

      You are very welcome, Jana! Glad you enjoyed it.

      Reply

  • Kesh
    May 24, 2021

    I just made the creamy Cajun pasta. I added some leftover spinach. Absolutely delicious! Your recipes are always a crowd pleaser!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 24, 2021

      Yum! That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Kesh!

      Reply

  • Melvin Hemingway
    May 19, 2021

    Made this yesterday and it was a big hit with the family, they continued to say how good it was.
    Thanks Natasha

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 19, 2021

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Cathy Ogle
    May 18, 2021

    Made this tonight….its perfect! And such a quick week night dinner! Thank you!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 18, 2021

      You’re welcome, Cathy! Thanks for your awesome review and feedback, we appreciate it.

      Reply

  • Nancy
    May 17, 2021

    Excellent! Easy and very delicious. Right amount of spice.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 17, 2021

      Thanks for your great feedback, Nancy! Glad you enjoyed it.

      Reply

  • Angie
    May 17, 2021

    So easy & so good!

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  • Dante
    May 17, 2021

    this was awesome i just can not belive it well 5 stars I LOVE THIS❤️

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 17, 2021

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite!

      Reply

  • Amber
    May 15, 2021

    I want to make this but wanted to use a pound of pasta… would I just double the recipe for the sauce?

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    • Natasha
      May 15, 2021

      Hi Amber, I would double everything if doubling the pasta or it would be dry.

      Reply

  • cathy
    May 15, 2021

    Do you need to remove the seeds from the tomato? or do you use the whole thing.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 15, 2021

      Hi Cathy, we used the entire tomato, diced.

      Reply

      • Susan
        June 25, 2021

        Did you boil the tomato, remove the skin and dice it? Or chop fresh tomatoes? Or use canned diced tomatoes?

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          June 26, 2021

          Hi Susan, we used the entire tomato, diced.

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  • Bonnie
    May 15, 2021

    I made this last night for dinner.
    Really good and easy to make.
    I shared the recipe with my daughter and I will make it again.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 15, 2021

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Bonnie!

      Reply

  • Nancy A
    May 12, 2021

    AMAZING and EASY recipe!!! So glad I tried it. I did not have cajun seasoning but went to the store just so that I could try this recipe and so glad I did. It was done in less than 30 minutes and my husband and son kept raving about it. My husband even said this was a good dish to serve when we have family over.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 13, 2021

      Love it! I’m so happy to be reading your feedback and review. Thank you for sharing, Nancy!

      Reply

  • Ted
    May 12, 2021

    Can we use a lower fat content cream? like 15 %? would that work too?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 12, 2021

      Hi Ted, I recommend reading the section in the recipe titled “Why is my cajun sauce runny?”. We recommend cream with a higher fat content than regular whipping cream.

      Reply

  • Ana
    May 11, 2021

    Hi Natasha, why do some recipes have videos others don’t? 😊

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 12, 2021

      Hi Ana, some recipes don’t really have videos. We can only do one video per week as of the moment.

      Reply

  • Cam
    May 11, 2021

    What can I use instead of the Cajun seasoning. I can’t eat spicy.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 11, 2021

      I haven’t tried anything else to advise, also the substitutes that I know are also spicy it’s usually a mixture of paprika, garlic powder, italian seasoning etc..

      Reply

  • Lauren
    May 11, 2021

    Can I substitute chicken Natasha? Would i need to make any major changes?

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    • Natasha
      May 11, 2021

      Hi Lauren, you could totally cut the chicken breast in half into cutlets, season both sides and sautee until cooked through then transfer to a cutting board and cut against the grain into strips and add it to the pasta to make Cajun Chicken Pasta. Yum!

      Reply

      • Lauren
        May 15, 2021

        Thanks Natasha! We are going to make it tonight. All of your recipes are always a home run in our house!

        Reply

  • Katie
    May 11, 2021

    This reminds me of one of my favorite dishes at Cheesecake Factory!

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    • Natasha
      May 11, 2021

      Yes! I have always found it’s easier than I think it will be to recreate a restaurant favorite, especially pasta!

      Reply

  • April
    May 11, 2021

    Delicious! Love all those flavors, nom nom nom.

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  • Andrea Thueson
    May 11, 2021

    This pasta was all the things you want Pasta to be rich, creamy, and so flavorful! A definite remake.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 11, 2021

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Andrea!

      Reply

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