White Cheddar Shells and Cheese with Shrimp and Peas

White Cheddar Shells and Cheese with Shrimp and Peas – Made with lightened up creamy white cheddar cheese sauce, pasta shells, and sweet peas, Shrimp Shells and Cheese puts a new spin on ordinary mac ‘n cheese and the whole family will LOVE it!

Overhead view of White Cheddar Shells and Cheese with Shrimp and Peas

You guyyyyys! I am writing to you from 35,000 feet in the air. I can’t sleep, even though this flight is 9 hours long, and I can’t really watch another movie, so what better thing to do than to whip out my macbook here and talk to you all?!

AND revolve this whole conversation around my family’s new found mac-n-cheese love that involves shrimp.

White Cheddar Shells and Peas in a bowl

This White Cheddar Shells and Cheese with Shrimp and Peas was dinner 2 nights in a row because, a) leftovers, and b) packing suitcases + making from-scratch, homemade dinners? Those two things just don’t go together. I tried and failed. Because of that, I forgot to pack up the kid’s bathing suits and was given the, “You don’t love me, you don’t think about me!” treatment because I also forgot to pack up their princess dresses… send wine, please!

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Anywho! Have you ever tried shrimp with your shells and cheese? Good stuff, right?

The cheese sauce is so good here! Working off my very popular Chicken and Broccoli Shells and Cheese recipe, I lightened up the sauce by not using any cream, and gave it an extra oomph by adding white cheddar instead of our good ol’ friend, sharp cheddar cheese.

I definitely wanted to include a veg in this recipe, and what better veg to choose than sweet and poppable green peas?! Seriously. They were the best choice for this shells and cheese dish.

Overhead view of White Cheddar Shells and Cheese with Shrimp and Peas in a skillet

Please hear me when I say that this is as simple as it is delicious. I mean like 30-ish-minute simple. YOU (WE) CAN TOTALLY DO THIS.

Step 1: Make pasta

Step 2: Melt butter

Step 3: Cook shrimp

Step 4: Add sauce

Step 5: Add pasta, peas, and cheese

Step 6: Eat Eat Eat!

ENJOY!

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White Cheddar Shells and Cheese with Shrimp and Peas

Katerina | Diethood
White Cheddar Shells and Cheese with Shrimp and Peas - Made with lightened up creamy white cheddar cheese sauce, pasta shells, and sweet peas, Shrimp Shells and Cheese puts a new spin on ordinary mac 'n cheese and the whole family will LOVE it!
Servings : 6 serves
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 12 ounces small pasta shells
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen green peas
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic minced, divided
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 cup low sodium fat free chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta according to the directions on the box.
  • Place peas in a colander. Drain pasta over peas in colander.
  • In the meantime, add butter and olive oil in a large nonstick skillet and melt butter over medium heat.
  • Add shrimp and half of the minced garlic; sauté 4 minutes or until shrimp is pink.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, chicken broth, and flour.
  • Add remaining garlic, salt, pepper, and chili powder to the mixing bowl; whisk until well combined.
  • Stir the milk mixture into the pan with the shrimp.
  • Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until sauce is thickened.
  • Add pasta, peas, and cheddar cheese to the skillet; stir until cheese is melted and continue to cook for 2 minutes, or until heated through.
  • Remove from heat and let stand 3 minutes.
  • Stir and serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5 Cups | Calories: 551 kcal | Carbohydrates: 54 g | Protein: 37 g | Fat: 21 g | Saturated Fat: 11 g | Cholesterol: 242 mg | Sodium: 1044 mg | Potassium: 384 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 4 g | Vitamin A: 870 IU | Vitamin C: 17.9 mg | Calcium: 477 mg | Iron: 4.8 mg | Net Carbs: 53 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy shrimp recipe, shrimp dinner recipe
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8 comments on “White Cheddar Shells and Cheese with Shrimp and Peas”

  1. Simple and yummy recipe. I AM curious why the garlic is cooked in two steps. I’m a lazy cook so I’d be tempted to throw it all in at the beginning and get on with things. 🙂

  2. This looks yummy. You mention adding garlic in steps 4 and 6 – how much at each step? Is it one clove at each step, resulting in the 2 cloves listed in the ingredient list?

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Thanks so much for catching that! It’s supposed to be 3 to 4 cloves of garlic, minced and divided. So use half of it for the first step and then the rest. 🙂 Again, thank you for letting me know. 🙂

  3. I’ve tried to print recipes from your page but the printer icon hasn’t worked for me. Any ideas?

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Hi!! The “print” button should open up a different window with just the recipe in it. I take it that is not what you are seeing. Could you please tell me what browser you’re using and device?

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