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"This is a wonderful, really fragrant dish," says Rach. "The kitchen smells amazing!" It's chicken and shrimp seasoned Chesapeake Bay style and tossed with penne, cream, sherry and Parm—kind of a mashup of northern and southern food, she explains. "You're going to love it!" 

For more popular pastas from Rach, check out her Pumpkin Pasta and Creamy Saffron Ricotta Pasta


For the Shrimp:
  • 1 ½ pounds large, sweet-smelling pink shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails on
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons seafood seasoning (Rach likes J.O. Spice Company's)
  • 3 tablespoons EVOO
To Prepare Sauce and Chicken:
  • 1 pound pulled rotisserie chicken or 1 pound poached chicken
  • 3 tablespoons chicken seasoning (Rach likes J.O. Spice Company's)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion or 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 small mild pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 rib celery with leafy tops, finely chopped
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • Splash of dry sherry or white wine
  • 2 cups chicken bone broth or stock
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 pound penne rigate
  • 1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (optional)
  • Cayenne pepper sauce, to taste
  • Chives (a small bundle), finely chopped


Serves: 4 to 6


For the shrimp, season shrimp with juice of ½ lemon. Add garlic, toss with half the seafood seasoning and chill 1 or several hours. In large cast-iron skillet or large nonstick pan over medium heat, add EVOO, 3 turns of the pan and cook to opaque, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove shrimp to plate and reserve skillet.

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Bring a pot of water to boil for pasta.  
For the sauce and chicken, toss chicken with chicken seasoning.  

To the pan the shrimp was cooked in, add butter and melt over medium to medium-high heat. Add onions or shallots, peppers, celery, bay, garlic, salt and pepper. Soften 3 minutes, then add flour and stir. Add sherry or wine, let reduce, then add stock and let thicken a bit. Add cream and reduce heat to low. Add chicken.   

Cook pasta 1 minute less than package directions and reserve ½ cup pasta water. Add pasta, shrimp and starchy cooking water back to sauce and combine all with cheese (if using). Stir together and season with cayenne pepper sauce. Remove bay leaf, top with chives and serve. Pass more hot sauce at table.