Creamy Gruyere & Shrimp Pasta (or) “A Dinner Your Family Will Love You For”

Although my child is VERY good about trying new foods and loves to be my number one taste-tester for my baked goods, I still most often hear the inevitable disappointed sigh when I tell him what I’m making for dinner. My husband is grateful for whatever I put in front of him, but my son…he still hopes for the kid-friendly sorts of things for dinner like mac & cheese, pizza, chicken nuggets or his favorite- breakfast 4 dinner. Since my husband works at dinnertime many nights, I’m guilty of whipping up those kiddo meals at times. Especially since we’re running around to baseball games and other activities, it’s just easy to do. BUT, I do make sure that I make a few nicer dinners during the week and that my child eats whatever WE eat. He enjoys many things that other children do not… sushi, artichokes, hummus, lamb, asparagus, and Thai food. And I’m most grateful that he enjoys nearly every type of seafood (except lobster, oddly enough, but that’s probably a good thing!)

Here’s my latest dinner find that was a success with the entire family: Creamy Gruyere and Shrimp Pasta.
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You can use frozen shrimp, but fresh is best. If you have a good seafood source, sometimes they sell them already peeled & deveined. Just pull the tails off and you’re all set. That wonderful shrimp is sauteed with light butter, garlic, wine and touch of cayenne.
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We are quite enamored with creamy pasta dishes, but in this time of healthy-eating in the RecipeGirl household… they are not being served up all that often. This one was the exception- it was made to be on the healthier side of things- as healthy as a creamy pasta can be :) The cream sauce is made up of nonfat milk, flour & salt. Cheese is mixed in to make the creamy sauce. If you can’t find Gruyere, Swiss is a close substitute.
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The shrimp is mixed with the cream sauce and whatever pasta you’ve cooked up. I like the tube-pasta (like penne) with a cream sauce since the sauce gets trapped inside the pasta and thus creates more flavor in every bite! The mix is baked for about 20 minutes with a little more of that cheese sprinkled on top.
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It’s usually after a dinner like this that I hear, “Mom, you’re the best Mommy ever!” and “Honey, this is Restaurant Quality!” Needless to say, the family loved this dinner. Though I don’t typically repeat recipes, I’m going to have to make this one again.

This is an easy, easy dinner to make… even if you don’t think you know how to cook very well. Your family will be so impressed. And if you are a seasoned cook and you’re family expects great meals from you, then you’ll be pleased to have a dinner that you can add to your quick and easy pile.  I served this with the Watercress-Grape Salad with Creamy Cabernet Dressing- perfect!

This recipe can be found here: Creamy Shrimp and Gruyere Pasta

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41 Responses to “Creamy Gruyere & Shrimp Pasta (or) “A Dinner Your Family Will Love You For””

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    Jenni — April 3, 2009 @ 6:08 AM

    Yum! I’m not a seafood girl, so I’ve mentally swapped out the shrimp for chicken. The Beloved would love it as is, though!

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    Maria — April 3, 2009 @ 6:11 AM

    Yep, my hubby will love me even more for this one. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    dawn — April 3, 2009 @ 6:16 AM

    whoa that looks creamy good! I know I would have seconds of that.

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    Kimmie — April 3, 2009 @ 6:18 AM

    I <3 you! I’m in the very same situation! I’m making this one soon, and I even have a lobster tail to use!

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    carrie @ gingerlemongirl.com — April 3, 2009 @ 6:18 AM

    I AM DROOLING!! OH MY! That looks SO good!! OH I wish i could have cheese! For recipes JUST like this!!

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    LilSis — April 3, 2009 @ 6:26 AM

    YUM! I’m always looking for more recipes like this! My family LOVES seafood and pasta! I’m glad to hear that it’s still good when making lower in fat.

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    Will — April 3, 2009 @ 6:26 AM

    Yep, Sunday dinner is done.planned for. over.
    Nice work. I loved baked shrimp pasta dishes and just so happen to have some leftover gruyere from last week’s tart. perfect!

    Will

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    Jenny — April 3, 2009 @ 6:28 AM

    Mmmm, I’d even have this lovely dish for breakfast. Looks great girl! Have a great weekend! Consider it stumbled!

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    Jeff — April 3, 2009 @ 6:51 AM

    Looks amazing and most importantly tasty and simple. Nicely done and love the photography.

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    Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy — April 3, 2009 @ 8:42 AM

    Love this! It’s like a very sophisticated mac & cheese. I can see why your family loved it.

    I was always lucky like that with my daughter too. By the time she was 2, she was ordering her own California Rolls at our favorite sushi bar.

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    KatieG — April 3, 2009 @ 9:15 AM

    Oh my goodness, that looks so decadent. Yum!

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    Hélène — April 3, 2009 @ 9:16 AM

    This is the first time that I see a recipe with shrimps and gruyere. What a delicious combo.

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    Kait Nolan — April 3, 2009 @ 9:19 AM

    Oh that looks amazing. Now why don’t I have shrimp in the house when I need them?

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    Lisa — April 3, 2009 @ 9:20 AM

    Shrimp, pasta , cheese? These are my favorite foods. Yum!

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    Laurie — April 3, 2009 @ 9:21 AM

    Oh my goodness Lori, my mouth is watering!

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    Jamie — April 3, 2009 @ 9:23 AM

    This dish looks and sounds simply delicious. My daughters 3 and 1 1/2 eat whatever my husband and I are eating. They loved roasted vegetables like broccoli, asparagus and Brussles sprouts. Although my daughter always asks for mac ‘n cheese. I had to laugh when you said you rarely repeat recipes, it is the same thing in my house. I am constantly trying new things.
    I have really enjoyed exploring your blog today and look forward to seeing more delicious dishes coming from your kitchen. I found your blog through a followfriday on twitter :)

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    snooky doodle — April 3, 2009 @ 10:15 AM

    oh what a nice plate! I m getting hungry. yummy

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    Arlene — April 3, 2009 @ 10:32 AM

    That looks incredibly decadent and delicious. I make a Weight Watcher version, but I’d love to jump into yours.

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    JoDee — April 3, 2009 @ 10:44 AM

    This looks so yummy, even when I am recovery from the flu!!

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    Eliana — April 3, 2009 @ 11:23 AM

    Shrimp, pasta gruyere – 3 of my favorite things. This looks unbelievable

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    The Duo Dishes — April 3, 2009 @ 11:27 AM

    Oh that is creamy to the max! The sauce looks delicious!!!

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    Reeni — April 3, 2009 @ 5:10 PM

    This looks amazing! The perfect comfort meal!

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    DessertObsessed — April 3, 2009 @ 4:37 PM

    IMPRESSIVE!

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    LK- Healthy Delcious — April 3, 2009 @ 6:57 PM

    this looks amazing- I’m a big fan of gruyere

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    VeggieGirl — April 4, 2009 @ 3:37 AM

    Hooray for more deliciousness for the family!! :-)

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    Elyse — April 4, 2009 @ 7:41 AM

    Wow! This dish looks totally delicious. I love shrimp–and I adore gruyere. What an awesome combination!

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    Dragon — April 4, 2009 @ 8:37 AM

    Oh my! I would love this for dinner. Bookmarking!

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    Bunny — April 4, 2009 @ 6:24 PM

    My hubby is sitting next to me while I’m reading this, he saw the picture of the shrimp and said ” What’s that”!!! Guess who’s gonna be makig this ! LOL!!

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    Ronda — April 4, 2009 @ 6:28 PM

    Hi there! I just want to say that I love your blog and I have been following it for a long time now. I give you a big high five for your blog and I’m jealous! Hee Hee. You have the best recipes, and I use a lot of them. Thanks for that. That is my passion, cooking. I just don’t have enough time to take pictures everyday and post about it. I wish I did!
    Keep up the good work!
    XO

    • RecipeGirl replied: — April 4th, 2009 @ 9:06 PM

      Ronda- thanks for your kind words! It’s readers like you who keep my passion alive :)

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    Heather — April 4, 2009 @ 7:42 PM

    oh my gosh. that looks AMAZING!

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    Psychgrad — April 5, 2009 @ 12:35 PM

    Oh yum. I should stock up on some lactose pills and make this!

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    Jess — April 5, 2009 @ 4:55 PM

    Oh my gosh, I just made this for dinner tonight and it was FABULOUS!!! I halved the recipe since it’s just me, and it was all I could do not to eat all 3 servings in one sitting! Thank you for sharing this!

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    patsyk — April 5, 2009 @ 6:05 PM

    Hard to believe that this one is not a fat-laden cream sauce! Looks wonderful!

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    Gina — April 6, 2009 @ 3:46 AM

    This looks sinfully delicious!

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    Nicole — April 6, 2009 @ 7:12 AM

    This looks delicious! I have tried so hard since my kids were born to get them to try or eat anything and to no avail! They purse their lips so tightly. Maybe they will take after my picky husband. :(

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    Deborah — April 7, 2009 @ 9:39 AM

    I hope my little girl is an adventurous eater! This sounds DELICIOUS!

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    Melissa — April 7, 2009 @ 11:49 AM

    I imagine that really was great with the salad. It looks positively decadent, even with the lighter ingredients providing the creaminess. Delicious.

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    Peter — April 14, 2009 @ 12:08 PM

    Lori, I want to dive into that gooey pool of gruyere. Perhaps the shrimp are my floating devices?

    Ooops, I ate them!

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    Emily Rossignol — July 19, 2011 @ 8:56 AM

    A wonderful addition to this recipe would be bacon. It would make this dish even more savory and delicious. The bacon would pair really well with chicken too for those of you who don’t like seafood. YUM!

    • Lori Lange replied: — July 19th, 2011 @ 10:43 AM

      Love those suggestions!