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an overhead photo of the pan in the corner of the photo showing red creamy spaghetti with shrimp and a few scattered fresh spinach leaves

Creamy Spinach Red Pepper Spaghetti

This super flavorful creamy spinach red pepper spaghetti comes together in less than 20 minutes! 

Course Entree, one pot dinner
Cuisine American, Italian, Mediterranean
Keyword creamy, onepot, shrimp, spaghetti, spinach
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Nadia Hubbi


  • 1 package 16 oz spaghetti
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 cups fresh spinach more or less according to preference
  • 1 Tbsp red pepper paste
  • 1 can 8 oz tomato paste
  • 1 tsp salt season to taste
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 lb uncooked shrimp *Optional


  1. Boil spaghetti according to package instructions, set aside
  2. in medium size pan on medium to low heat, add butter, garlic, milk, heavy whipping cream, red pepper paste, tomato paste, salt and pepper for 5- 7 minutes or until desired creaminess is achieved.
  3. Add uncooked shrimp and spinach for 3-4 minutes or until shrimp is pink
  4. Add cooked spaghetti to creamy sauce. Toss to coat.
  5. Serve while hot.

Recipe Notes

  • If you do not like shrimp, you can substitute with broiled eggplant, chicken, or eliminate completely.
  • You can choose to add Italian herbs for even more flavor, however, its amazing without any additional seasoning!¬†
  • if you cannot find red pepper paste, you can either¬†
    • eliminate red pepper paste and the dish will still taste great as a creamy tomato pasta
    • get a jar of red pepppers, drain, mix in the blender until fully blended