The Kitchen

Shrimp, Pasta, & Vodka Sauce

It’s a rare occasion that my husband and I go out to dinner together, just the two of us. Last spring we went to a new restaurant in town. I ordered salmon, because that’s just what a I always order when we go out. My husband surprised me by ordering a pasta dish. He NEVER orders a pasta dish, like ever. I don’t normally make them at home because he’s not too crazy about them. However, this one caught his attention: shrimp & penne in vodka sauce. He loved it. Raved about it. I figured this would be a really simple one to make at home so I gave it a whirl. It has now become one of my go-to quick meals that the entire family with eat. I figured I’d share it with you.

Now as I have said before, I’m not really a measuring kind of cook so I’ll do my best.

Quick & Easy: Shrimp and Pasta in Vodka Sauce

When it comes to vodka sauce I use a jarred sauce.


olive oil

1 lb raw shrimp – what ever size you like

2 cloves of garlic


1 jar of vodka sauce

2 tlbs. of fresh parsley (chopped)

Shrimp & Vodka Sauce

Get your pasta water boiling first. Cooking the shrimp will take the same about of time that it takes for the pasta to cook.

Heat up a large skillet and put in a little olive oil (2-turns around the pan). Once the pan/oil have heated up toss in the 2 cloves of chopped garlic. Add your shrimp to the pan. Again, it cooks quick, just a few minutes on each side.

Once the shrimp is cooked, add the vodka sauce to the shrimp and turn the heat down to a simmer.

Now take care of your pasta, it should be ready. Drain and add to the skillet. Add some fresh parsley and your done. Dinner in 20 minutes!

Quick & Easy Shrimp, Past, & Vodka Sauce

I also made some roasted brussels sprouts. Yum. I wish my kids would eat them, but I have give them credit for trying them.

roasted brussel sprouts


8 thoughts on “Shrimp, Pasta, & Vodka Sauce

  1. Yum! You are so smart to keep it simple. Bowtie pasta is always a hit with my kiddos too. Have you tried Orzo with them? We love that as well. Do you put anything special on your Brussels sprouts before roasting them?

  2. That looks so good…

    And roasted brussels sprouts get a bad rap, but they are delicious… Big props to the boys for trying them. haha…

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