Shrimp Pasta with Red Carbonara Sauce

Pasta dishes are a staple for my family. Every great sauce starts with great ingredients, which is why we love Ragu sauce. There is just a rich aroma and texture, which is due to the Assunta’s secret family recipe slow-simmering vine-ripened tomatoes, garlic, and fragrant herbs. This makes it the perfect pasta sauce for our family as well as the perfect sauce for the Ready. Set. Cook! challenge.

The Ready. Set. Cook! content challenges home cooks to create new and unique recipes featuring a sponsored ingredient, plus a list of other contest ingredients. I was challenged to use Ragu + 4 other ingredients. Some of the other ingredients weren’t necessarily ingredients my family would enjoy. I was able to pick from the list and come up with a meal idea that would make my family happy – Shrimp Pasta with Red Carbonara Sauce.

While Ragu pasta sauce is delicious on its own, I was excited to think outside of the box with this Shrimp Pasta with Red Carbonara Sauce recipe. This is a crowd pleasing meal that is sure to be a hit with your family as well. You will need just five ingredients for this recipe.


1 jar of your favorite Ragu Pasta Sauce
6 slice of bacon
12 ounce frozen shrimp, thawed
8 ounce spaghetti or linguine, cooked and drained
1 teaspoon Italian bread crumbs

Cook bacon on a large skillet. Cook until crisp while stirring frequently. Remove from pan. Keep two tablespoons drippings for cooking.

Brown shrimp in the bacon drippings until slightly golden.

Stir in the Ragu sauce.

Bring to a boil. Remove from heat.

Stir in cooked pasta. Top with crumbled bacon and crumbs.


You can submit your own favorite recipe or a new recipe to the Ready. Set. Cook! challenge through November 30, 2015. The Grand Prize winner will receive $3,000 for their original recipe. What will you create?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Ragu. The opinions and text are all mine.