Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
4 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)

The combo of Cajun seasoning and ground red pepper really packs a punch of heat in this dish, but the creamy sauce takes the edge off. Decrease the ground red pepper or simply omit it for a milder version of the dish. Serve with sliced French bread.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain. Place pasta in a large bowl; keep warm.

Step 2

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and tomatoes; sauté 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Sprinkle shrimp with Cajun seasoning, red pepper, and salt. Add shrimp mixture to pan; sauté 3 minutes or until shrimp are almost done; remove from heat. Stir in half-and-half. Pour shrimp mixture over pasta; toss. Sprinkle with parsley.

Step 3

Wine note: Linguine with Spicy Shrimp combines peppery heat with a creamy sauce, making a fuller-bodied white a good partner. Little Penguin Chardonnay 2008 ($6), from Australia, has tropical and pear fruit, with just a bit of sweetness and refreshing acidity. --Jeffery Lindenmuth

Ratings & Reviews


July 26, 2016
Love this recipe. Have made it for company a few times and everyone really enjoys it. I ran out of my usual cajun seasoning and bought just any one and have to say it made a big difference. It was just okay. I now use "Slap yo Momma" cajun seasoning which I love

mayla2326's Review

August 10, 2014

shadxfx's Review

February 13, 2014
This was such an easy and excellent dish. Perfect mix of favors. Many compliments from my family. I will definitely be adding this recipe to our favorites folder.

lucid220's Review

August 30, 2012
Pretty good with some modifications. Made it to specifications first, except I used about 1/2 to 3/4 lb shrimp because 1 lb seemed like too much. It came out bland. Seeing as there are reviews saying it's way too spicy and others saying it's too bland, I think the problem is the huge variety among "cajun seasoning." Since I still had most of the shrimp and sauce in the pan I added about a 1/4 cup of shredded parmesan cheese and more cayenne and cajun seasoning. It turned out delicious.

hollowayb's Review

April 27, 2012

rayraex's Review

February 03, 2012
The pasta was delicious! I made a homemade cajun seasoning mix using a recipe I found online. WHOA was the pasta spicy! It doesn't seem like others had this issue, so maybe it was because I made my own cajun spice. Next time I will tone it down, but the pasta was still delicious and had great flavor. Will definitely make again!

joboe1's Review

April 11, 2011
I thought this was great! I did what a previous reviewer suggested and put a few shrimp in the tomato mixture first for my toddler and then set them aside while I cooked the rest of the shrimp for us. The only change I made to the recipe was to use cilantro instead of parsley because that's what I had in my fridge. I will definitely be making this one again!

pinks53's Review

January 30, 2011
My mom made this for me and it was delicious. I am going to try to again with clams instead of shrimp. Yummy recipe!

pickles4ever's Review

January 05, 2011
It was great! added extra cajun to the shrimp before saute, for that extra spice I was looking for. Leave the pan on the burner for a bit when adding half and half.

oregonhaas's Review

November 07, 2010
Definitely needs some bread to sop up the tasty sauce. I'm sure it would have been better with a fresher Cajun mix, too...mine had been in the cupboard a while. Also, it was easy to modify and cook unspiced shrimp for the kiddo by cooking & pulling it before adding the spiced shrimp. I should have added it a little earlier, though, because I ended up overcooking the tomatoes. Surprisingly, broccoli that accidently got sauce on it was really tasty!