Low Calorie Main Dish Pasta Seafood & Fish

Shrimp Parma Rosa

September 27, 2013

I know you’re going to scan through this post and think, “why in the world are you blogging about a sauce mix packet?” Normally I wouldn’t. This meal would be filed away under “Things I eat, but don’t tell anyone because I’m a food blogger damnit!” Believe me, that is a very long list. Sometimes I crack myself up over the random stuff I eat. I’ve got a rep to uphold right? Yeah, no. One of the best things about making a meal is not only that you get to eat it, but the memory it brings back. In college, my roommate Carol and I thought we would be fancy pants and make a fabulous dinner. We stumbled on this Knorr Parma Rosa sauce mix and decided to serve it over pasta and add shrimp. Complete with crusty garlic bread, we pretty much thought we replicated fine dining. It makes us both chuckle to think back to how we thought we were the shiz making this. Funny thing, this Shrimp Parma Rosa is the shiz…still. I hadn’t made it in years, but was craving it and I texted Carol a pic of the packet and “look what I’m making for dinner!” Her response? “I make that all the time! I recommend adding 1/4 cup Parmesan.” Ah, some things never change…and I like it that way. Still fancy after all these years! 😉

Shrimp Parma Rosa by So, How's It Taste? www.leah-claire.com

So, how’s it taste?

It’s really quite a lovely sauce. It’s pink and has a creamy tomato flavor. It goes perfectly with shrimp and makes a pretty pink presentation. Going on it’s name, I’m guessing it has Parmesan, too. Take Carol’s advice and add some to top off your spaghetti. I’ve made this with 1% milk and the butter it calls for and I make it with nonfat milk and no butter. Each option is delicious, it just depends on how rich you want the sauce. If you use nonfat milk, it takes a bit longer for the sauce to thicken. I like to serve mine with delicate angel hair pasta, but choose whichever version you like. Round out this meal with salad and garlic bread, then put on your fancy pants and enjoy!

Knorr Parma Rosa on So, How's It Taste? www.leah-claire.com

Shrimp Parma Rosa

So, How's It Taste? original (and Knorr and Carol)
makes 4 servings
per serving: 270 calories, 1.2g fat, 40.5g carbs, 2.4g fiber, 7.6g protein
*Note: Nutrition information based on using nonfat milk and omitting butter and Parmesan.


8 oz. angel hair pasta
1/2 lb. uncooked, peeled shrimp
seasoning salt
freshly-ground black pepper
1 (1.3 oz.) Knorr Parma Rosa sauce mix packet
1 tbsp. butter (can omit)
1 1/4 cups milk (I use nonfat)
Parmesan, optional


1. Cook your pasta according to the package directions. Preheat oven to 400F.

2. Place shrimp on ungreased baking pan and sprinkle with seasoning salt and pepper. Roast for 8-10 minutes, turning shrimp over half way, until shrimp turn pink.

3. Prepare sauce mix according to package directions.

4. To serve, top pasta with sauce and shrimp. Sprinkle Parmesan on top, if desired.

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  • Erin @ One Particular Kitchen September 27, 2013 at 8:31 am

    I am such a sucker for Knorr packets! No shame, sister.

  • Leslie October 20, 2014 at 8:09 am

    I added jerk chicken and roasted yellow, red, and orange peppers with bowtie pasta!

    I am going to try the shrimp tonight…

    • Leah Short October 20, 2014 at 9:07 am

      Yum, that combo sounds good!

  • Angel April 26, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    I’ve had this mixture for a while and have been all out of options for food. I’m a college student myself and I enjoy trying new things, but was skeptical about how this would taste, especially with shrimp! I am so glad I came across your blog, which is the first link on Google when typing “how does parma rosa taste?” You should be proud, you’re search engine official!

    But, thanks to you…I am about to make my shrimp parma rosa! I’m excited about it!!

    • Leah Short April 26, 2015 at 5:30 pm

      Hi Angel! So glad you enjoyed it. That is still one of my favorite shrimp dishes and so easy!

    • kay December 11, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      Where did u get parma Rosa to buy?

      • Leah Short December 11, 2015 at 1:39 pm

        Hi Kay, I find it in my local grocery store. It’s usually in the aisle with spices and spice/chili mixes.

  • Dennis Arnold February 16, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    I just stumbled on this…I use it all the time! With blackened chicken is good too!