Guy Fieri Inspired Dish: Kid-Friendly Creamy BBQ Penne with Sausage and Shrimp

*This post was sponsored by Lifetime Brands. All opinions are my own.

If you have a family as large as mine, you will have cupboards and drawers full of cooking gear.  You also likely have a few favorites that you use time and time again.  I'm starting to see that the value of a good skillet, spatula, and knives is worth whatever you have to pay; imagine my surprise, however, to learn that some of the most sturdy, durable, and easy to use kitchen essentials are Guy Fieri's line of products and that they are very affordable!

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I recently put this gear to the test in an effort to recreate Guy's signature dish: Penne with Cajun Hot Links and Chipotle Shrimp.  Our challenge was to put our own spin on it, which we did -- as a kid-friendly version!

Our recipe switched out some of the spicier parts of the original, and added garlic.  We also halved the cream -- it was loved by the kids! (See the recipe with instructions at the bottom of this post.)

Did you know that you can also try your hand at your own version?  By doing so, you can enter to win some of Guy's new cookwear in his Cook-Off Sweepstakes! Simply share a photo of your version of the recipe via the hashtag #GuyAtWM on Instagram, and then fill out the form below!

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Now, for our recipe for Kid-Friendly Creamy BBQ Penne with Sausage and Shrimp: 


  • 1/4 teaspoon olive oil 
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 1 Polish Sausage Link, cut into "coins"
  • 15 large raw shrimp, peeled
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup BBQ sauce 
  • 1/8 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard
  • 2 cups cooked penne pasta, drained
  • 1/2 cup fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 green onion, diced
Begin by heating the oil in a skillet on high.  Add the garlic, sausage, and shrimp.  Cook until the shrimp are pink, stirring well to prevent overcooking.

Turn down the heat to medium and add the salt, pepper, cooked pasta, whipping cream, BBQ sauce, lemon juice, mustard, and Parmesan. Stir until blended well and creamy.  Serve immediately topped with the tomatoes and green onion. Add extra Parmesan, if you like!

Your family will LOVE this dish!

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