Habanero Pepper Cream Pasta


If you're looking for an entrée full of piquant flavor, try this quick and easy pasta dish topped with a spicy cream sauce made with habanero peppers, garlic, and shallots. You can add sautéed chicken or shrimp if desired.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 (8 ounce) package cavatappi pasta

  • 1 teaspoon butter

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • 1 medium shallot, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, diced

  • 1 dried habanero pepper, chopped

  • 2 cups heavy cream

  • 1 large tomato, diced

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until tender yet firm to the bite, 8 to 10 minutes.

  2. While the pasta is cooking, melt butter with olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add shallot, garlic, and habanero pepper; cook and stir until lightly browned and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.

  3. Bring cream to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in shallot mixture and tomato, then mix in flour and black pepper. Simmer until thickened, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in Parmesan cheese. Remove from the heat and let sit until pasta is finished.

  4. Drain pasta. Serve pasta on plates and ladle sauce over top.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

755 Calories
53g Fat
54g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 755
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 53g 68%
Saturated Fat 32g 160%
Cholesterol 183mg 61%
Sodium 365mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 19%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 8mg 41%
Calcium 324mg 25%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 364mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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