Pasta Dishes/ Seafood Recipes

Spaghetti with Shrimp Marinara

Spaghetti that is cooked al dente then tossed with a sauce made with peeled fresh shrimp, tomatoes that has been gently simmered with garlic, extra-virgin olive oil, and hot pepper flakes, makes a quick and out of the ordinary weeknight dinner. This is 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 easy dish and she knows how much it pleases our father.
The garlic and red hot pepper give it just a little kick that complements the sweetness of the tomatoes, while it makes the shrimp more flavorful. It’s not fancy, not pretentious, but definitely delicious. And definitely easy.
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. 

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 dish, we used the peeled tomatoes to give this sauce a plump juicy flavor to add to the shrimp.

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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