Penne Pasta With Shrimp, Bacon, and Peas

Updated on November 9, 2016

A Quick Dish for the Fall Season

This is the season where you want to spend time outdoors as much as you can before it gets too cold. Lots of leaves to clean up, dead flowers to pull, and bushes to insulate with a layer of leaves around them.

So you don't want to spend a lot of time with dinner, especially since all of the cooking holidays are coming up; you will be doing plenty of cooking.

I found this recipe in one of my cook books but had to change it a little because there were ingredients in it that my husband would not like. This recipe is for four people but I made it for two, my husband and me. My husband doesn't always love every recipe I try, but he did like this one, a lot.


  1. You see in one of the pictures I used quick cooking pasta. It cooks in three minutes. A real time saver in any meal. It's really good too. I have used it in several dishes.
  2. Don't throw out the grease from the bacon, it adds a lot to the taste of the dish.
  3. You don't have to defrost the peas. I just chipped away at the frozen peas in a box and put it back in the freezer for another time. If you defrost the whole package, it will go to waste because you don't need a lot of it.

Photos of Pasta With Shrimp, Bacon, and Peas

The pasta dish ready to eat
The pasta dish ready to eat | Source
The shrimp added to the bacon and peas and starting to cook.
The shrimp added to the bacon and peas and starting to cook. | Source
Quick Cooking Pasta.
Quick Cooking Pasta. | Source
The pasta added.
The pasta added. | Source
The Parmesan cheese added.
The Parmesan cheese added. | Source
Almost done, but not quite yet.
Almost done, but not quite yet. | Source

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5 stars from 1 rating of Pene Pasta with Bacon, Shrimp and Peas
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Yields 4 servings


  1. Cook pasta in boiling salted water. Unless you are using the quick cook pasta then cook it after step two.
  2. In a large frying pan, sauté bacon until the fat melts and the bacon is crispy. Add the peas and sauté' for 1 to 2 minutes before stirring in the shrimp. Cook, stirring until just done. Add butter and lower the heat so that the butter melts slowly.
  3. Add the cooked pasta to the pan, and then grate the cheese, salt, and freshly ground black pepper. If it looks a little dry, add about 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Toss and serve.
  • 1 lb. Penne pasta
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 lb shrimp, raw and peeled
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 lb. bacon, cut into pieces
  • To taste salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

My Favorite Time of the Year

I'm showing these photos because I just love this season. I love the colors and I even love to see the colored leaves all over the ground. They are gone now because right after I took these pictures my husband went out with the leaf blower. But the colorful trees and bushes are still there.

Fall in My Back Yard

My Dogwood Tree
My Dogwood Tree | Source
My Dogwood and Burning bush.
My Dogwood and Burning bush. | Source

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        Rachel Alba 5 months ago

        You're so sweet, Jackie. Thanks again for another great comment and visit.

        Blessings to you.

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        Jackie Lynnley 5 months ago from The Beautiful South

        How did I miss this! My mouth started watering at the title. I can just imagine all those flavors together have to be fantastic! Guess it will have to wait til after Thanksgiving but I will be trying this as soon as I can. I buy my shrimp in big packs out of town where I don't travel to real often and I am completely out or I would be fixing it tomorrow! Thank you for another yummy recipe.

        Pretty photos.

        Happy Thanksgiving!

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        Rachel Alba 12 months ago

        Hi Audrey, Sure, you can skip the bacon. I do that with a lot of recipes; skip the ingredients I don't like or want and add others that I like better. Thanks for the comment, I always enjoy them.

        Blessings to you.

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        Audrey Howitt 12 months ago from California

        Wonderful and looks so easy--I might make it minus the bacon though--I have tried bacon substitutes, but they aren't the same--and I don't eat meat anymore

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        oliversmum 17 months ago from australia

        Rachel Alba. Hi. It is sad that your Father never got the chance to visit our wonderful country. Yes we do have Autumn colors, they are just beautiful. Autumn is from March 1st to May 31st in Australia. :) :)

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        Rachel Alba 17 months ago

        Hi Oliversmum, So nice of your to visit. Do you have the fall colors in Australia? My father always wanted to visit Australia, but he passed away before he had a chance to. Thank you for the great comments. I appreciate it.

        Blessings to you.

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        oliversmum 17 months ago from australia

        Hi. Your recipe looks wonderful. easy to make and very tasty. Thanks for sharing it with us. Love your garden, it looks so peaceful. :) :)

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        Rachel Alba 17 months ago

        Hi Pat, Thanks for the visit. I hope and pray things turn for the better for your grandson. Still praying.

        I wish you a lovely Thanksgiving as well.

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        Patricia Scott 17 months ago from sunny Florida

        This looks light and delicious just perfect for this somewhat extra busy time of the year. In case I do not get back to you closer to the day, Have a Lovely Thanksgiving, Rachel.

        Angels are once again on the way ps pinned

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        Rachel Alba 17 months ago

        Thanks Alicia. I enjoy seeing your comments. I really appreciate it.

        Blessings to you.

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        Linda Crampton 17 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

        This sounds like another very tasty dish, Rachel. Thanks for sharing the recipe and the tips. I loved seeing your yard. The plants are pretty.

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        Rachel L Alba 17 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

        Thanks. I should have saved you some.

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        Marinda Seiwell 17 months ago from Pennsylvania

        Looks good. I wish I had it right now !

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        Rachel L Alba 17 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

        Thanks Lyric. I appreciate the visit.

        Blessings to you

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        Lyric Blasingame 17 months ago

        This looks delicious!