Pasta Dishes/ Seafood Recipes

Spaghetti with Shrimp Marinara

Spaghetti with Shrimp Marinara.  Spaghetti is cooked to a perfect al-dente texture, then it’s gently tossed with a delicious shrimp marinara sauce made with fresh shrimp, peeled tomatoes, garlic, extra-virgin olive oil, and hot pepper flakes.  This shrimp marinara dish can be made in minutes, and can be served as a weeknight dinner!  A classic Italian seafood dish called “shrimp marinara,” and it’s Dad’s favorite seafood for dinner.

Mom enjoys cooking this one often, simply because it’s a relatively an easy dish to make and she knows how much it pleases our father.

The garlic and red hot pepper give it just enough heat that complements the sweetness of the tomatoes, while it makes the shrimp more flavorful. It’s not a fancy dish, nor pretentious, but definitely a delicious one!  And it makes a huge impression when serving guests at a dinner party.
If you love shrimp and are planning to have fish on Christmas Eve, you may consider serving this pasta with shrimp marinara as your main course.  You can easily make the shrimp marinara in minutes and set it aside, while you boil the pasta.   Then toss them together when your ready to serve.

When we buy canned tomatoes we always look for ones that have the label that says “product of Italy” on the can.  We found that the best tasting canned tomatoes come from San Marzano, a region in Italy.  You may find these in most supermarkets.  It makes a huge difference in flavor when cooking with these tomatoes.

And, for this recipe, we used the peeled tomatoes, instead of crushed.  We prefer to give this shrimp marinara sauce a plump juicy flavor and texture.  Making it even more savory to taste!

Our parents will be married 62 years in the coming year and we are truly grateful and fortunate to have them with us, especially to share our favorite holiday, Christmas.  Speaking of which, it’s next week and the only real wish we want this Christmas is that they both are healthy and happy.

Enjoy and Buon Appetito!


Spaghetti with Shrimp Marinara

  • 3/4 pound medium shrimp – peeled, deveined
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 large garlic cloves – sliced
  • 1 (20 ounce) can peeled tomatoes- drained, chopped
  • 1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, divided
  • 1/2 pound spaghetti
  • salt and pepper to taste

In a large skillet, sauté olive oil and garlic together for about 2 to 3 minutes over medium to low heat, or until softened.  Add red pepper flakes, sauté for 1 minute.

Add the chopped tomatoes and chopped fresh parsley.
Cover and simmer on low heat for about 10 to 12 minutes.

Add the shrimp and cook until shrimp turns pink, stirring occasionally, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Stir in the fresh basil.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Turn off the heat. Cover and set aside.

In the meantime, bring a large pot filled with water to a  boil.  Add 1 teaspoon of salt.
Add the spaghetti and cook spaghetti until al dente, about 6 to 7 minutes.  Reserve 1/4 cup of boiling water and set it aside.  Drain spaghetti.  Stir in the shrimp marinara and add in some reserved water a little at a time slowly.  Toss together. Serve.

Serves 4

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  • Reply
    December 18, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    My dad used to make this on New Year's Eve all the time!!

  • Reply
    Dan from Platter Talk
    December 18, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Beautiful post, ladies. Wishing your family, and especially your mom and dad on their anniversary, the best this holiday season!

  • Reply
    Abbe@This is How I Cook
    December 19, 2013 at 2:14 am

    A classic that never goes out of style!

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