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Spaghetti with Shrimp Marinara is an exquisite dish made with fresh shrimps sauteed in a delicious tomato sauce and tossed with spaghetti.  Our shrimp marinara sauce is made with shrimp, Italian peeled tomatoes, garlic, extra-virgin olive oil, and crushed red pepper.  This Spaghetti with Shrimp Marinara is flavorful and ready in 15 minutes!  Elegant enough to serve on weekends and simple enough for weeknights!


This shrimp marinara recipe is a family favorite!  And I enjoy cooking this one often, simply because this dish is very easy to make and the whole family loves it.

If you love shrimp for dinner, and you are planning a seafood dinner menu, you may want to consider serving this spaghetti with shrimp marinara as part of your main course.  

You can easily serve our Perfect Mussels Provencale, or our Crab Cakes as the appetizer, and prepare the shrimp marinara sauce in advance and set it aside. 

Then boil the pasta and toss them together when your ready to serve this dish as the main course.



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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.

The garlic and crushed red pepper give the shrimps just enough heat that complements the sweetness of the tomatoes, while it makes the shrimp more flavorful. 

Plus, fresh herbs give the sauce its fresh taste and flavors – so don’t leave them out.


 Cook’s Notes and Tips for Success!

  • 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 will find these in most supermarkets.

  • For this recipe, we used the peeled tomatoes, instead of crushed tomatoes.  We prefer to give the shrimp marinara sauce a plump juicy flavor and texture, giving it a fabulous savory taste!

  • Buying quality canned tomatoes from Itay will make a huge difference in flavor when cooking with these particular tomatoes.

  • Can we serve it with grated Parmesan Cheese?  It’s not usually recommended, but you certainly can if desired.


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How To Make Spaghetti with Shrimp Marinara…

1.  In a large skillet, sauté olive oil and garlic for a few minutes over medium heat, until the garlic turns golden brown.  Add red pepper flakes.

2.  Next, add chopped tomatoes and fresh parsley.  Cover and simmer on low heat for 10 minutes. 

3.  Add the shrimp and cook until the shrimp turns pink, stirring occasionally.  Toss in the basil.


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


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5.  Cook the spaghetti until it is al-dente (tender to the bite).  Drain and toss with the shrimp marinara and serve!


Simple, easy to make, and delicious tasting! 

Try our Spaghetti with Shrimp Marinara and leave a comment below.

…and Buon Appetito!




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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 crushed red pepper. This shrimp marinara dish is easy to make, ready in minutes, and elegant to serve on weekends, or as a weeknight dinner!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 3/4 pound medium shrimp - peeled, deveined
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 large garlic cloves - sliced
  • 1 (20 ounces) can of San Marzano 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
  • 2 Tbsp. butter


  1. In a large skillet, sauté olive oil and garlic together for about 2 to 3 minutes over medium to low heat, or until garlic is golden brown. Add red pepper flakes, sauté for 1 minute to fragrant the oil.
  2. Add the chopped tomatoes and chopped fresh parsley.
  3. Cover and simmer on low heat for about 10 to 12 minutes.
  4. Add the shrimp and cook until shrimp turns pink, stirring occasionally for about 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the fresh basil.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Turn off the heat. Cover and set aside.
  7. In the meantime, bring a large pot filled with water to a boil. Add 1 teaspoon of salt to the water.
  8. Toss in the spaghetti and cook spaghetti until al dente, about 6 to 7 minutes.
  9. Reserve 1/4 cup of boiling water and set it aside. Drain spaghetti. Return spaghetti back to the pot. Toss 2 tablespoons of butter into the spaghetti. And, add in the shrimp marinara and toss to mix. Then add in some reserved water a little at a time slowly. Toss together. Serve.
  10. Serves 4

Nutrition Information:


4 servings

Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 323Total Fat: 19.7gCarbohydrates: 31.2gProtein: 6.6g

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  • Reply
    August 13, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    Made this tonight. I didn’t have the tomatoes you recommend but I had canned plum tomatoes and chopped those. Used the juice from the can. Added additional garlic. let it simmer for about 30 or 40 minutes, then added the shrimp. Was very good!!
    Thank you for the recipe.

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      August 15, 2021 at 8:48 am

      Hi Caroline! Thank you so much for leaving a sweet comment. So happy you adapted our recipe. Thanks again. Keep on cooking! 🙂

  • Reply
    December 4, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Such a simple but delicious meal! Pass the fork! 🙂

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    [email protected] is How I Cook
    December 19, 2013 at 2:14 am

    A classic that never goes out of style!

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    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
    December 18, 2013 at 2:31 pm

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

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