Spicy Shrimp Pasta

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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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Smash the tomatoes a little bit and cook until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in 2 tablespoons of half & half and cook 1 more minute. Add shrimp back to skillet, stir in pasta, and 1 cup of reserved cooking liquid. Season with salt and top with 1/4 cup of freshly chopped basil. Optional topping: parmesan cheese. 

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Spicy Shrimp Pasta

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4-6
  • Category: Pasta, Seafood

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. of rigatoni pasta
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1.5 lbs. of large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 15oz. can of no salt added diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup of white wine
  • 1/2 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 1/4 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, 1/4 cup of freshly chopped basil, 1/4 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 1/4 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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48 Responses
    1. 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!

  1. 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

    1. 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. 🙂

  2. 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!

    1. 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.

  3. 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!

    1. 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!

  4. 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

  5. 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 🙂

  6. 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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