Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is NOT safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe contains cheese and some of those who are lactose intolerant may be able to tolerate it.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Use gluten-free pasta in this dish and make sure the spice blend is gluten-free.


"The smell of shrimp is comforting." -Lennon Parham

The refrigerator light goes on...

This is a classic New Orleans dish, but the recipes that you will find almost universally start with a couple of tablespoons of butter and a 1/4 cup of heavy cream alongside a hefty addition of salt. I have said for a long time that it is easy to hide your sins as a chef with fat and salt. Yes, it makes food taste good, but not in a skilled way. You just don't need all that fat and salt to have your meal taste good.

The great thing about not using all that added fat and salt is that it lets the other flavors shine. In this case that means the onions, garlic, and shrimp, but you can also get the hints of lemon and green onion coming through.

Choosing your Cajun spice is critical. Store bought brands can be pretty good, but it is really easy to make your own with my Cajun Spice blend recipe.

When it comes to heat, that is absolutely a personal matter. You can use more of the cayenne pepper if you wish, but I prefer that it remain more in the background with this dish to let all the other flavors come through.


Shrimp Monica

Servings: 2 | Serving size: 2 ounces pasta with shrimp and sauce

Cooking time: 30 minutes

This recipe can easily be multiplied but does not make very good leftovers.

Shrimp Monica


Place the water in a large sauce pan over high heat.

Add the linguine and cook for about 14 to 16 minutes (or according to package directions). Stir occasionally.

While the pasta is cooking, place the olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium high heat.

Add the garlic and cook for about one minute. Stir frequently.

Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes. Stir frequently.

Add the Cajun seasoning, lemon juice, white wine, maple syrup, and salt.

Cook for one minute, stirring until the spice is blended into the onions and garlic.

Add the shrimp and the white part of the green onions and cook for about 5 minutes. Stir frequently.

Add some of the pasta water 1/4 cup at a time to keep enough liquid in the pan to cover the onions about halfway.

Add the goat cheese and the drained pasta.

Fold together gently.

Add the parmesan, the green part of the green onions, and the parsley.

Fold together gently and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 2 ounces pasta with shrimp and sauce

Servings: 2

Amount Per Serving

Calories 562 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value
Total Fat 19g 29%
    Saturated Fat 9g 45%
    Monounsaturated Fat 6g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 175mg 58%
Sodium 500mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 61g 20%
    Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
    Sugars 8g
Protein 37g
Vitamin A 20% Vitamin C 35%
Calcium 20% Iron 20%
Vitamin K 113mcg Potassium 579mg