Now I’ve made some pretty interesting flavor combos over pasta before, but this Old Bay garlic shrimp pasta might just be the most interesting one yet. Yes, I am aware there is nothing weird about shrimp and Old Bay, but have you had it over a plate of pasta before. Before you turn away, this dish doesn’t scream Old Bay like a seafood boil does. Instead it leans on the great spice mixture to make a savory and delicate garlic and herb sauce. Take one bite and you will see, this dish just works, and might I mention it is done in under 20 minutes.
But… Old Bay?
I grew up with Old Bay in my pantry. We never used it, the yellow tin (did you know it is not a tin anymore) just sat in the back untouched. If you aren’t familiar with Old Bay it is a savory spice blend which is comprised of 18 different spices. While this spice blend leans more towards seafood it can be used in a variety of different ways… including this pasta dish. Wondering what is really in Old Bay? Below are just a few of the major players:
- Celery Salt – Once you know this you will never not taste it.
- Black Pepper
- Cayenne Pepper – it does have a little kick.
- Dried Mustard
- + some warmer spices and so much more
What You’ll Need for Old Bay Garlic Shrimp Pasta
- Pasta – Players choice, however i do recommend a long noodle. The pasta used in this particular dish is Maldafine, which works great for more delicate sauces. This shape can be found in most supermarkets however don’t expect to find it in the blue box. Look for the smaller lesser known brands such as ANA.
- Shrimp– Feel free to use whatever type of shrimp you have on hand. I love little shrimp for this dish specifically Key West Pink Shrimp. Frozen is absolutely okay here, in fact if you see them behind the fresh counter chances are they were previously frozen. Defrost fully and pat dry before cooking.
- Garlic– A lot of it, as always fresh only!
- Old Bay Seasoning – Did you know there are 3-4 other flavors, while they are great, make sure you use the original seasoning.
- Parmesan Cheese – Freshly grated.
- Optional Lemon Zest – If you are looking to brighten this dish up add some fresh lemon zest.
Looking for other out of the box pasta dishes? Check out the below!
Old Bay Garlic Shrimp
- 1/2 lb pasta
- 4 tbsp butter
- 10 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tsp Old Bay
- 1/2 cup reserved pasta water
- 12-16 oz Key West Pink Shrimp lightly salted
- 1/2 cup parsley chopped
- 2 tbsp chives chopped
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- Cook pasta as per instructions in salty water. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water, drain and place on the side.
- In a pan over medium-low heat add the butter. Once melted add the garlic, cook until soft and fragrant approx 3-5 minutes. Do not let it brown or burn.
- Add the Old Bay and cook for another 2-3 minutes, mixing to ensure the spices do not burn.
- Add the pasta water and simmer for 3-4 minutes before adding the shrimp. Cook the shrimp in the sauce (if opting for small key west pink shrimp 3-4 minutes or until done).
- Add the cooked pasta, parsley, and chives. Toss to combine.
- Add the Parmesan cheese, toss and serve immediately.