Confession Time – I do not like to cook. Ok, there, I said it! However, my daughter and I have to eat so I look to simple and quick recipes to prepare for dinner. I love pasta and I love shrimp so I thought I’d share with you a simple recipe that combines both by my great friend, Mrs. G.
Simple Recipe: New Orleans Style Shrimp Pasta is slightly adapted by me in order to be more budget-friendly. This recipe serves 6 people so for a family of 2 like mine, you will have leftovers for lunch the next day. Raise your hand if you love leftovers! I sure do!
- 1 bag 40-60 count shrimp
- 12 oz. pimento cheese spread
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- 1 Tbsp. garlic, minced
- 8 oz. thin spaghetti (or angel hair pasta)
- 1 cup chopped seasoning (also referred to as the trinity of New Orleans cuisine-onion, green bell pepper, and celery)
- 1 Tbsp. Tony Cachre seasoning
- 8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- Cayenne pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a casserole dish with cooking spray. Boil pasta according to directions on box; drain. In a skillet, saute chopped seasoning and minced garlic. In a large pot, boil shrimp until they turn pink and tender.
- In a mixing bowl, add pasta, sauteed seasoning, shrimp, and other ingredients except for shredded cheese. Mix well.
- Pour half of pasta mixture in the prepared dish; then layer half of the shredded cheese. Pour remaining pasta mixture and then top with remaining shredded cheese. Sprinkle cayenne pepper on top.
- Bake for 30 minutes, making sure cheese has completely melted. Serve hot.
Here is the breakdown of costs of ingredients. Depending on the grocery store where you shop, these prices may differ by a few cents. My favorite grocery stores are Kroger, Publix, and Aldi. For this example, I will use Aldi prices because it is budget-friendly and has 1,400 stores in 32 states. The other stores have great sales every week so be sure to comparison shop.
Simple Recipe: Costs Breakdown
*Some of these ingredients will go further since they are not single use.
$5.49: 1 bag 40-60 count shrimp
*$2.99: 12 oz. pimento cheese spread
$.79: 1 can cream of mushroom soup
*$.99: 1 Tbsp. garlic, minced
$.89: 8 oz. thin spaghetti (or angel hair pasta)
$2.50 (guesstimate): 1 cup chopped seasoning (also referred to as the trinity of New Orleans cuisine-onion, green bell pepper, and celery)
*$2.68: 1 Tbsp. Tony Cachre seasoning
$2.79: 8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
*$2.96: Cayenne pepper
Total: $22.08 for 6 servings (For a family of 2 like mine, this leaves leftovers for the next day.)
Price per serving: $3.68 per serving (6 servings)
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