Spicy Shrimp Pasta

by Krista on March 3, 2014 · 44 comments

Spicy Shrimp Pasta {Pasta Recipes}

A dish that is light, healthy, done in 30 minutes and perfect for the seafood lover; Spicy Shrimp Pasta. 

Ok, so the other day I was looking through my Recipe Index and noticed that I am a seriously lacking in the Seafood department. It’s not because I don’t like it, because I do. I just don’t buy it all the time.

Today I am adding this Spicy Shrimp Pasta recipe to the mix because it has, you guessed… Seafood! :)

What I love about this dish is it is doesn’t leave you with this “I’m stuffed” feeling that most pasta dishes do when your finished. It has a kick of heat from the red pepper flakes, an slight hint of tomato & basil but not too overwhelming, and the perfect amount of tender shrimp mixed in with the pasta.

So if you are a “fish are friends not food” type person than this recipe is not for you. But if like seafood, namely Shrimp, then you need to make this dish. Oh, while I’m ordering you around..  follow my “Fish are friends AND Food” pinterest board. :)

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To get started, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 1 pound of rigatoni pasta to pot. Cook until al dente, cooking time on pasta box. Reserve 1 cup of water for use later.

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In the mean time, heat a large skillet to medium high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to skillet. Next add 1.5 lbs. of large shrimp {peeled and deveined} to the pan in a single layer. Season with 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes and a pinch of salt. Cook until just pink. {approximately 2 minutes per side} Transfer to a plate.

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Next add 1 small chopped onion to the skillet, cook until translucent. {about 2-3 minutes}, then add 1 minced garlic clove and cook for 30 seconds. Immediately add in 1/4 cup of white wine to skillet and scrap up the brown bits off the bottom of the pan. Cook for about 1 minute. Add one 15oz. can of no-salt diced tomatoes, 1/4 cup of freshly chopped basil, 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.

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5.0 from 2 reviews
Spicy Shrimp Pasta
 
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Recipe type: Pasta, Seafood
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. of rigatoni pasta
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1.5 lbs. of large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ½ teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 15oz. can of no salt added diced tomatoes
  • ¼ cup of white wine
  • ½ cup of fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of half & half
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. Add rigatoni pasta to pot. Cook until al dente, cooking time on pasta box. Reserve 1 cup of water for use later.
  3. In the mean time, heat a large skillet to medium high heat. Add olive oil to skillet. Next add large shrimp {peeled and deveined} to the pan in a single layer.
  4. Season with ¼ teaspoon of red pepper flakes and a pinch of salt.
  5. Cook until just pink. {approximately 2 minutes per side} Transfer to a plate.
  6. Next add chopped onion to the skillet, cook until translucent. {about 2-3 minutes}, then add minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  7. Immediately add white wine to skillet and scrap up the brown bits off the bottom of the pan. Cook for about 1 minute.
  8. Add diced tomatoes, ¼ cup of freshly chopped basil, ¼ teaspoon of red pepper flakes, and salt.
  9. Smash the tomatoes a little bit and cook until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in half & half and cook 1 more minute.
  10. Add shrimp back to skillet, stir in pasta, and 1 cup of reserved cooking liquid. Season with salt and top with ¼ cup of freshly chopped basil.
  11. Optional topping: parmesan cheese.
Notes
Recipe slightly adapted from Food Network Magazine January/February 2014 edition

 

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{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

Cindy Eikenberg March 3, 2014 at 8:18 AM

Krista, I love shrimp and I love pasta! This looks very delicious and sounds easy to make. I like idea of using rigatoni!! Thanks for sharing and pinning – have a happy Monday! :)

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Krista March 3, 2014 at 1:11 PM

I officially LOVE rigatoni, its just a different kind of pasta and when it is cooked al dente it has the perfect little bit to it and goes perfect with this fresh light dish! Thanks for the pin girl, have a great rest of the week Cindy!

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marcie March 3, 2014 at 8:33 AM

This looks simple, fresh, and delicious, just the way I like a week night dinner to be! I wouldn’t get any complaints serving this! :)

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Krista March 3, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Awesome Marcie, sounds like you and this dish are perfect for each other. :) hehe

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laramealor.com March 3, 2014 at 11:49 AM

I love that this is so light and has no tomato paste sauce . Cant wait to try this!

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Krista March 3, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Thanks Lara thats actually my favorite part too, hope you enjoy it!

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Paula - bell'alimento March 3, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Love a little kick in my pasta.

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Krista March 3, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Me too! {well, I guess you figured that out with this recipe.. haha} Thanks for stopping by Paula!

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Christie - Food Done Light March 3, 2014 at 1:41 PM

This pasta looks delicious. I love the spice added to it and am always looking for quick, healthy meals.

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Krista March 3, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Thanks Christie, hope you get a chance to try it. You will LOVE it! :)

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Rebecca {foodie with family} March 3, 2014 at 3:58 PM

My hubby and sons are shrimp-a-holics, so I need to give this a try for them soon!

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Krista March 3, 2014 at 8:14 PM

haha… love the ‘shrimp-a-holics’ comment. If they love shrimp then you totally need to try this dish Rebecca! Thanks for stopping by girl!

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Toni | Boulder Locavore March 3, 2014 at 6:02 PM

True confessions? I had difficulty reading your post the photographs are so tantalizing! Wow. This looks and sounds so delicious and healthy too. Gorgeous.

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Krista March 3, 2014 at 8:15 PM

haha… thanks Toni that is a great “true confession”. :) Hope you get a chance to try it!

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Rach @ EazyPeazyMealz March 3, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Krista! This looks amazing. I keep seeing it on my various feeds, and now I am debating pausing the Bachelor (gasp), putting on real clothes, and heading to the store to get the ingredients I don’t have. That is impressive! Can’t wait to try it. mmmm

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Krista March 3, 2014 at 10:20 PM

haha… love first off that you would be contemplating pausing the bachelor and that you watch the bachelor too! {intense show tonight}

This recipe is seriously awesome! I made it for a friend who just had a baby so she didnt have to worry about cooking and liked it so much that I made it again 2 days later. :)

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Jelli March 3, 2014 at 9:42 PM

This sounds delicious, Krista! I love simple pasta recipes that use fresh ingredients. Shrimp is one of my all-time faves. When my husband has evening meetings and won’t be at home for dinner he’ll often walk to the supermarket and buy me a small bag of shrimp to cook for myself for dinner. It makes a solo meal a lot more enjoyable, though I’d still rather have his company. Thanks for sharing!

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Krista March 4, 2014 at 2:45 PM

oh.. such a sweet husband. PS love that instead of chocolate or flowers he brings you home shrimp. :) The man knows you well, and loves you well!

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Julie @ This Gal Cooks March 3, 2014 at 9:54 PM

This. Looks. AMAZING! I love that it isn’t loaded with sauce and that it has a kick to it. And beautiful photos too, Krista! Pinned!

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Krista March 3, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Thanks for the pin and sweet comments Julie. Loving the lack of sauce in this one too, totally the way to go. Sometimes the sauce just weighs down a dish.

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Deb@ Cooking on the Front Burner March 3, 2014 at 10:06 PM

This would be a perfect dish for us on the weeknight. Looks fantastic and love all the ingredients – pretty photo too!

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Krista March 3, 2014 at 10:21 PM

Thanks Deb! :) I love how simple and quick this is, totally the perfect weeknight dish.

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Chris @ Shared Appetite March 4, 2014 at 8:46 AM

I totally don’t eat enough fish, rarely cook fish, and I think only have 1 fish recipe on my blog… Arghhhh! I need to step up my seafood game big time!!! Thanks for the inspiration to get going on my seafood game!

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Krista March 4, 2014 at 2:42 PM

haha… I’m right there with ya Chris. So we can go Fish Crazy together! :) Glad I could inspire.

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Louisa [Living Lou] March 4, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Shrimp and pasta are one of my favourite combinations. I love how quickly shrimp cooks up, so it’s a the perfect quick, weeknight meal.

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Krista March 4, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Thanks Louisa! Yeah, shrimp does cook up ubber quick, definitely a plus for those quick weeknight meals. Thanks for stopping by girl, hope you have a great rest of the week!

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Jenn @ Deliciously Sprinkled March 4, 2014 at 8:42 PM

This looks so delicious, I love shrimp and pasta! And your pictures are stunning, Krista! Pinned :)

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Krista March 4, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Thanks so much Jenn! So glad you like the recipe and enjoyed the pics! :) Thanks for the pin girl!

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Julia March 5, 2014 at 7:27 AM

I am definitely making this next week! Yum! I’d love for you to come link this up on my Tasty Tuesday blog hop!

Julia @ Mini Van Dreams

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Krista March 5, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Awesome! So glad to hear it Julia. :) Will definitely stop by if I get a chance, thanks for the invite!

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Kelly March 5, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Love this Krista! Haha, I am totally on the the “fish are friends and food” group and totally digging this dish! This looks amazing and love tasty 30 minute meals! Pinning :)

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Krista March 5, 2014 at 8:10 PM

haha.. yeah for Fish are Friends AND Food. :) I am totally all about the 30 minute meals too! Thanks for the pin friend!

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cathy March 8, 2014 at 7:56 AM

Krista this looks great, fresh and delicious! I pinned this fabulous seafood sensation :-) Checking it out from super saturday link party! :-)
Cathy

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Krista March 8, 2014 at 8:49 AM

haha.. thanks Cathy. Ps love the “seafood sensation” comment. :) Thanks for stopping by girl and linking up to the party!

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Jodee Weiland March 8, 2014 at 11:47 PM

Love it, love it, love it…my kind of recipe! This looks so delicious. I love olive oil with pasta and shrimp. Thanks for sharing!

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Krista March 10, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Yeah, so glad you liked it Jodee! Hope you get a chance to try it!

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Heather @ Sugar Dish Me March 9, 2014 at 7:38 AM

Pretty! I love shrimp. And rigatoni. And not feeling super full after a bowl of pasta. Pinning!

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Krista March 10, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Thanks for the pin sweet friend! :)

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Cindy @ Hun... What's for Dinner? March 11, 2014 at 8:54 AM

This looks awesome! My kids love shrimp, so I’m always on the lookout for new recipes. I’d love for you to come share at Simple Supper Tuesday.

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Krista March 11, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Thanks so much Cindy! If I get a chance I will totally stop by! :)

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