Shanghai Pasta (With Shrimp and Sweet Bell Peppers)

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 15 mins

I really love this dish and hope you enjoy it too. The red and yellow sweet peppers, along with the bright green beans, combine for a very pretty presentation. Credit goes to Gene Lee, who first submitted this recipe to Family Circle. I modified it a bit to my tastes.

Ingredients Nutrition


  • 8 ounces dried fettuccine pasta (or other type such as Linguine, Fusilli, etc.)
  • 12 medium red bell pepper, seeds and ribs removed, thinly sliced
  • 12 medium yellow bell pepper, seeds and ribs removed, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup green beans, the slender kind, cut in half (or you may substitute 1 cup pea pods)
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 12 ounces frozen large shrimp, without tails (peeled, deveined and thawed, 26 to 30 shrimp per pound count)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger (or you may substitute 1/2 tsp. ginger root powder)
  • 14 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon bottled plum sauce
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 12 teaspoon red chili paste (optional)

  • 2 green onions, sliced thin
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted


  1. Mix ingredients for the sauce (listed above) and set aside.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and keep warm.
  3. In a large skillet or wok, cook and stir green beans and sweet peppers in hot oil for five minutes. Push veggies to the side if using a wok. Otherwise pour them in with the pasta to free up the skillet.
  4. Add a little oil to the skillet if needed, to continue. Add the garlic, ginger, and black pepper. When oil is hot, add the shrimp and cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until they are opaque.
  5. Add sauce to skillet. (If substituting pea pods for green beans, add them now too).
  6. Finally, add pasta, green beans and sweet peppers back into the skillet and heat through.
  7. To serve, top with sesame seeds and green onions.


Most Helpful

Very good and easy dish which my family enjoyed! The changes I made was using 1 whole red bell pepper (instead of two halves), used whole wheat fettuccine and since I didn't have any fresh ginger I sprinkled in some dried ginger. I also added the green onions in with the pasta so they cooked a little bit. Delicious and easy too! Thanks for sharing!

ellie_ April 19, 2009

I used garlic fettuccine which went real nice with this. I would have liked this if the scallions were cooked or sliced thin as a garnish. The one inch was just a bit much. I followed the recipe as called for and it was very easy and quick. I loved the sweet peppers in this. I made this for PAC Thanks!

Rita~ March 28, 2009

This pasta loving family loved this! That we also love sweet peppers, fresh ginger, garlic and shrimp made for a wonderful combination. Didn't have the green beans or peas pods on hand so was extra generous with the peppers. Other than that made as posted. Looking forward to making this with garden fresh vegetables! Yes this one's a keeper and one I will be serving to family and friends. Thank you averybird.

Gerry February 02, 2009

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