Spicy Shrimp Pasta

Author: Cooped Up Chick  //  Category: December 2011, Main Course, Seafood Dishes


One day while at my friends, Lisa and Robs, house Lisa decided to make us a snack. She grabbed the cast iron frying pan, some thawed shrimp, pickled hot peppers and a jar of chopped garlic. Not sure where she came up with this but she threw it all in the pan and out came some delicious spicy shrimp.

Years later I continue to make this for myself as the PERFECT snack. Dip it in some tangy cocktail sauce and its my favorite thing to eat while catching up on late night tv.

I have eaten this as is, made this shrimp to top a beautifully grilled steak and now I have decided to make a pasta out of it.

I love pasta. No, I REALLY love pasta. Fresh, homemade pasta is the best but if that is too much of a bother or you don’t have the time or desire then at least use the freshest, best ingredients for your sauce.

What you will need:

Spicy Shrimp Pasta Peppers Garlic

Shrimp, peeled and deveined

raw shrimp

2 large tomatoes, chopped

chicken stock

1 tsp garlic, chopped

2-3 pieces of pickled hot peppers, I use the PC brand ‘Mixed Hot Peppers’ or ‘Hot Banana Pepper Rings’


salt and pepper



Start by heating your skillet to medium (I prefer a non stick for this recipe instead of the usual cast iron). Melt your margarine. Add the shrimp and saute until pink.

lightly sauteed shrimp butter

Add a little more margarine and the chopped hot peppers and garlic. Saute for another minute.

sauteed shrimp butter hot peppers garlic

Remove shrimp from skillet and set aside.

shrimp on the side

Add the chopped tomatoes to the skillet. Don’t worry if there are still bits of garlic in the pan….thats a good thing!


Heat tomatoes until they begin to soften. This is the base of the sauce.

stewed tomatoes

Add a 1/4 -1/2 cup of chicken stock and the shrimp back to the skillet.

stewed tomato and chicken stock

Cover and simmer 5 minutes or until the sauce starts to thicken. Add salt and pepper to your tastes.

stewed tomato sauce with shrimp

Meanwhile in a saucepan boil your noodles. I like Linguini. It is just the right thickness for this recipe but feel free to use whatever you have or whatever style pasta is your favorite.

Add the boiled noodles to the skillet and stir.


Add some fresh grated parmesan cheese.


spicy shrimp pasta parmesan cheese





Serve immediately.

finished spicy shrimp pasta


I love Love LOVE this pasta recipe. It combines a few of my favorite things. I hope you decide to try it and let me know what you think!

Sorry I don’t have a lovely plated picture (like usual). I guess it smelled too good and I guess I was too hungry. I didn’t TAKE one! Next time I make it I promise to get a good photo!

Happy Holidays!

love, peace and chicken grease,

-A Cooped Up Chick

Simple Crockpot Cacciatore

Author: Cooped Up Chick  //  Category: Chicken Dishes, December 2011, Main Course



I apologize if this is blasphemy to your cuisine and culture. I know not what I do. In no way,  shape or form is this “authentic”…it is my pseudo version. I am not Italian but I HAVE been to Italy! This does not excuse me, I know. I’m sorry.


I had intentions of googling a recipe, however the morning of the cacciatore day I woke up late. WAY late. So I had a general idea of what it should look like, what it should taste like and what ingredients should go in it. In short, I made this up as I went along.

All day at work I kept saying to the girls, “Oh gosh…I hope this is edible. I hope it turns out. It doesn’t have to be perfect…as long as I don’t have to cook something ELSE when I get home I will consider it a success!”

What I threw in the crockpot:

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (frozen)

1 can of Italian style Plum tomatoes

1 small onion, sliced

1/2 green pepper, julienned

1/2 red pepper, julienned

10 fresh button mushrooms, washed and halved

1 tsp chopped garlic

1/2 cup chicken broth

1 tsp dried oregano

dash of salt and pepper


I simply threw all of this in the crockpot with the chicken breasts on the bottom covered by the liquid and topped with the veggies.

I set the crockpot on low for 9 hours and left the house on a wish and a prayer.

I was prepared to come home to a disaster or at least with the expectation of cooking something else. As soon as I walked in the house there was a delicious waft of chicken and tomato baked stink that assaulted my nostrils. I was ready to eat already and it was only 4pm! Success? Only time would tell. I gently crept into the kitchen (as to not frighten the cacciatore into ruination) and started a pot of salted boiling water for the egg noodles.

I peeked into the crockpot and this was what I saw:

Looks good.

Noodles were done in 12 minutes and were quickly ladled into my bowl. Topped with a few generous scoops of cacciatore and small handful of fresh Parmesan cheese.

AMAZING! I finished off a bowl, sat back to rest a moment and then quickly went for a second helping. I rarely go for seconds!

Easy peasey. Healthy, delicious recipe for you and your family. I hope you enjoy.

PS- I LOVE my crockpot!!!

love, peace and chicken grease,

-A Cooped Up Chick


We’ve survived a year!

Author: Cooped Up Chick  //  Category: December 2011



First off, let me begin by saying HAPPY ANNIVERSARY ACoopedUpChick.com!

My reminder was a blaring email to renew the subscription. Whatever….a celebration is in order! YAY! Thanks to all that actually stop in for a visit. A really BIG thank you to all who leave comments and let me know how good the pics look, the recipes sound and especially those that let me know if they have tried the recipes and how they have turned out.

This website is truly a labor of love. And like everything else I love, lately I have been neglectful (probably why I am single)…and remiss in posting as frequently as I would like. Its funny. I eat multiple times everyday and have HONESTLY taken 100’s, if not 1000’s, of food pics yet I have far less posts then I would like.

I will try harder in the new year. I will try out even more recipes. I will try out recipes that you, my fans (LMAO), send to me. Good news is I renewed the domain name for another 2 years, that means you are stuck with me until AT LEAST December 2013! Now whether or not you continue to visit is up to you. I hope you do.


Merry Christmas, Happy Channukah, Happy Kwanzaa! However you celebrate the Holidays I send you and your family best wishes. May you make wonderful new memories and enjoy some fabulous food!!!!



love, peace and chicken grease,

-A Cooped Up Chick