Shrimp Pasta with Tomato Basil Sauce
The choice is yours. It makes it easier and cleaner to eat with the tails off, but makes a nice presentation when leaving them on.
Pasta is a great weeknight dinner option for the whole family. Since it’s so quick to put together. Made with ingredients you probably already have; garlic, tomato, and lemon.
Ah, the classic pasta dinner. If you’ve never made it, here’s a sign to do it, and a recipe to go along with it, as well! Pasta is perfect for a delicious weeknight meal. It’s really easy to make, is a usual favorite, and has the perfect balance of carbs, protein, and fats.
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Shrimp is a well-loved source of protein!
Shrimp recipes with pasta as a main component are quite common, and for good reason. They make a great dinner or lunch option. really, any seafood pasta works as a favorite dish for many. As long as the key ingredient is pasta, you can count me in! Some succulent shrimp balances well with garlic tomato olive oil flavors.
If shrimp is not a family favorite for you, you can replace it with sliced chicken breasts. It’ll give you the protein your body needs with the flavors that you like. I recommend that you spice it up with some Italian seasoning or marinade, maybe sun-dried tomatoes or fresh cherry tomatoes and naturally a little olive oil. The beauty of easy dinners like this one is that it is perfect for any special occasion or just for busy weeknights.
Here’s what adds the special touch to this tasty dinner:
Garlic and lemon make up the main flavors of this recipe and are the perfect combination. Garlic is filled with antioxidants and supports your immune system while lemon is rich in vitamin C and supports digestion. I hope you love this original recipe as much as my family does!
Here’s why this is the best Pasta Shrimp and Tomato Sauce Recipe EVER:
No heavy cream! Fully dairy-free, this one’s for all you lactose intolerant foodies. No heavy cream, no butter, no dairy products AT ALL. You’re welcome, and I’m happy to help.
All pantry-staple ingredients: Random spices, unfamiliar ingredients, and a general sense of confusion can all be thrown out the window (not literally though). Just open your pantry and these ingredients are more often than not just right there sitting waiting for you!
Fresh produce. When you eat organic, your body thanks you. You ingest less GMO, less additives or preservatives, and after a while, you feel healthier overall. I chose fresh produce for this recipe so that you not only enjoy a pasta dish but also the benefits of healthy fresh herbs, fruit, and vegetables.
Ingredients you need to make Pasta with Shrimp in Tomato Sauce
Raw shrimp: I like to take the tails off and devein before I cook the shrimp, it’s not very pleasant to eat with the tails on. Fresh shrimp cooks best is of course the tastiest option.
Pasta: You can use any pasta that you like, I used angel hair. Shrimp fettuccine or penne pasta are popular, too.
Tomato: Not crushed tomatoes from a can, but a fresh Heirloom tomato goes well with shrimp and pasta. The flavor of fresh tomatoes matches perfectly with aromatic garlic and acidic lemon.
Garlic: It is ok to put in less garlic if you are not all about the garlic taste, but use fresh garlic, not the garlic powder.
Lemon: Lemon and seafood go together like peanut butter and jelly.
Basil: It’s a great herb to add to pasta, fresh basil that is. Also, basil is good for skin benefits, depression, and good for the digestion system.
Olive oil: Or any oil you like to use.
And of course, you need the salt and black pepper to taste.
Quick and Easy Pasta with Shrimp in Tomato Sauce
- citrus squeezer
- Wooden spoon
- garlic press
- ½ lb angel hair, or any pasta you ay like
- 6 cups water
- 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- ½ lemon, juiced
- 30 raw shrimp
- 1 large tomato diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 leaf basil, chopped
- 1 pinch salt, or to taste
- 1 pinch black pepper, or to taste
- Cook pasta according to package or just bring to a boil about 6 cups of water in a medium pot, with a teaspoon of salt. Add the pasta to the boiled water and cook until pasta is completely ready- al dente. Drain.½ lb angel hair,, 1 pinch salt,, 6 cups water
- Clean 30 raw shrimp and take off the tails (optional). Toss with 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive and juice from a lemon.3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 30 raw shrimp, ½ lemon,
- In a large skillet over medium heat, add shrimp and saute each side for 2 minutes, or until cooked. Transfer the shrimp to a plate and set aside.30 raw shrimp
- In the same pan add 1 large diced tomato, 3 minced garlic cloves and 1 chopped basil leaf with a pinch of salt and pepper; saute for 3 minutes. Stirring occasionally.1 large tomato, 3 cloves garlic,, 1 leaf basil,, 1 pinch salt,, 1 pinch black pepper,
- Reduce heat, and add shrimp and pasta back into the skillet. Give it a gentle toss and serve. Garnish with extra fresh basil (optional).
a staple weeknight meal in our home. we change up the protein but our kids love the simplicity of the pasta