Bennigan’s Shrimp Pasta

Bennigan’s Shrimp Pasta was one of the restaurant’s unique menu items. Penne pasta is topped with a creamy sauce infused with just the right amount of ale. Don’t miss this recipe.

a bowl of homemade Bennigan's shrimp pasta

Sadly Bennigan’s isn’t around as much as it used to be. Everyone loved their Ultimate Baked Potato Soup. You can enjoy their famous Alehouse Pasta and Shrimp with this copycat recipe.

This pasta dish has a creamy sauce packed full of fresh mushrooms. Shrimp makes this pasta dish light.

This dish is perfect for when you crave seafood and want to try something new.

Ale adds a surprisingly rich touch to an ordinary pasta sauce. This recipe contains everyday ingredients, so bringing back a flavor from the past won’t be difficult.


Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Penne pasta
  • Butter
  • Mushrooms
  • Red onion
  • Garlic
  • Irish brown ale
  • White sauce mix
  • Milk
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Scallions
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese
Bennigan's shrimp pasta ingredients

How to Make Creamy Shrimp Pasta

  1. Cook pasta according to the package instructions.
  2. Whisk together white sauce mix and milk in a bowl.
  3. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  4. Add mushrooms and onions. Cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and soft.
  5. Add garlic and cook for one minute.
  6. Add ale, white sauce mixture, and tomatoes.
  7. Bring to a boil and stir constantly until sauce thickens.
  8. Add shrimp and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until shrimp are cooked through.
  9. Place cooked pasta in a large serving bowl.
  10. Add shrimp and sauce. Toss to mix and coat.
  11. Divide the shrimp pasta equally into four bowls.
  12. Sprinkle each serving with scallions and cheese.

Quick and Easy Shrimp Pasta

This pasta dish takes no time at all to prepare. While the pasta cooks, you will make a white sauce, and saute the mushrooms.

When the mushrooms are done, your pasta will be ready, and it will take moment to put together the sauce and cook the shrimp.

If you don’t like shrimp, I think this recipe would work well with grilled chicken, but that is completely up to you!

homemade Bennigan's shrimp pasta in a bowl

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a bowl of homemade Bennigan's shrimp pasta

Bennigan’s Shrimp Pasta

Make Bennigan's Shrimp Pasta with mushrooms, tomatoes, and creamy white sauce.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Shrimp Pasta
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 635kcal


  • 12 ounces penne pasta
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 12 ounces mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup Irish brown ale
  • 1 package white sauce mix
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 pint cherry tomtatoes halved
  • 1 1/2 pound medium shrimp peeled and deveined


  • 1/2 cup sliced scallions
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  •  Cook pasta as directed on package
  • Whisk together white sauce mix and milk in a bowl.
  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms and onions and cook, stirring occasionally, 8 minutes or until lightly browned and soft. Add garlic; cook, stirring, 1 minute until fragrant. Add ale, white sauce mixture, and tomatoes. 
  • Bring to a boil and stir constantly until sauce thickens. Add shrimp; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 2 to 3 minutes until cooked through. 
  • Drain pasta and place in a large serving bowl. Add shrimp and sauce; toss to mix and coat. When serving, sprinkle with the scallions and cheese.


Calories: 635kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 55g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 447mg | Sodium: 1557mg | Potassium: 971mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1305IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 438mg | Iron: 5.8mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Liz Nelson

    5 stars
    This was a great meal for a night when I had to whip up dinner very quickly! It didn’t take long at all and it was delicious.

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