Angel Hair Pasta Salad

18 Jan

Angel Hair Shrimp Salad

Today’s recipe comes from

Prep Time: 15 minutes    | Cook Time: 15 minutes



  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup 35% cream (Heavy whipping cream)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Pesto sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 splash Worcestershire and Tabasco sauce
  • 2/3 lb Angel Hair (/Capellini)
  • 1/2 red pepper, cut in strips
  • 1/4 lb snow peas, trimmed
  • 1 lb shrimp


  1. Trim snow peas and cut red pepper into strips
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter, stir in flour, and cook for a few minutes until golden
  3. Add mild and cream, bring to a gentle simmer and continue to stir until thickened
  4. Add pesto, parsley, garlic, Parmesan, salt, pepper, Worcestershire and Tabasco, and stir until blended
  5. Reduce heat on the sauce and keep warm, stirring occasionally. Cook pasta in a pot of boiling water for about 4 minutes, or until al dente
  6. At the same time, poach the pepper, snow peas, and shrimp in another pot of boiling water for about 3 minutes

After you drain the pasta, mix it with the sauce and portion it into individual serving bowls before you top each one with shrimp and vegetables. Cooking for myself, I instead just put all of the pasta in a giant bowl, mixed in the sauce, and added all of the poached items to the mix.

This was the most complicated thing I’ve had to make so far, since I had to make my own sauce. The sauce actually ended up milder than I expected, but it was nice to not be overwhelmed by a sauce flavor, especially since the poached vegetables added such a fresh taste and crispy texture to the bowl.

I thoroughly enjoyed this dish and I’m glad that I have an absurd amount of leftovers (really, this recipe is supposed to feed four, so you might want to use less pasta, shrimp, and vegetables if you’re cooking for less).


4 Responses to “Angel Hair Pasta Salad”

  1. Mister Christopher 2011/01/19 at 2:40 pm #

    Good work on keeping the background cleaner in these pics. The foods looks a lot more delicious with the proper setting.

    • James A. Janisse 2011/01/19 at 2:50 pm #

      Yeah, that’s one of the things I learned right away after the first couple of times. That and using a filter to cut out the green affect from the fluorescent light I work under. But thanks a lot, I’m glad you noticed the progress, and yeah, I think it looks wayyyy better when set in a clean place.


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