Shrimp Acini de Pepe #TheRecipeReDux

Shrimp Acini de Pepe

Shrimp Acini de Pepe serves up tender shrimp and pasta in a creamy casserole without the milk.


How many shrimp are too many shrimp? I don’t know about you, but I have HST (high shrimp threshold)! 😉

That doesn’t mean my recipes need to lean heavy on the ingredients list. Shrimp Acini de Pepe can be made with just a few ingredients. A great idea for this month’s Recipe ReDux challenge.

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Shrimp Acini de Pepe gets its sauciness from the pasta itself. Pasta releases starch  as it cooks. The result is a creamy casserole any shrimp lover will devour!

Shrimp Acini de Pepe

Serving Size: 4


  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth plus 1 cup
  • 1 cup acini de pepe
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 cup diced green or red bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • In a large skillet, saute shrimp, onion and peppers in oil until pink and thoroughly cooked. Remove shrimp and set aside. Add pasta, 2 1/2 cups broth and garlic to the skillet. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer uncovered about 10 minutes until pasta is tender. Add additional broth a little at a time if needed. Taste frequently for doneness. Do not overcook.
  • Return shrimp to pan and heat thoroughly.


Finish off this dish as you would risotto by adding the extra broth a bit at a time. Allow each addition to to be fully absorbed before adding more liquid.

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11 Responses to Shrimp Acini de Pepe #TheRecipeReDux

  1. I love shrimp and risotto, and have been craving it lately! I’ve never used acini de pepe – thanks for the inspiration!

  2. This look so yummy, Cindy!! I’m with you- my shrimp threshold is pretty high also. Thanks for such a great simple recipe!

  3. So simple I love it!! Totally going to make this soon :)
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  4. Sarah Reid says:

    This looks AMAZING! Simple food is so good

  5. Farrah says:

    hahaha, HST. 😛 I can’t eat shrimp, but this looks super good! I may have to try it out and just sub in a different protein. *-*

  6. GiGi Eats says:

    WHAT IS IT with shrimp that makes it just so dang delicious and addicting!!!
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