This dish seems so fancy and indulgent, yet it’s very simple to prepare: shrimp pasta tossed with garlic basil tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese! It also comes with the added bonus of making your house smell like a true Italian restaurant.
It’s incredibly flavorful and presents itself well: cook it for the family or for the company. Did I mention it takes about 30 minutes to make the entire thing?
I used cherry tomatoes here but you can definitely cut up some regular ones and they will work well as well. Basil gives this dish a great flavor, but I also thought about using spinach in it instead. There is plenty of room for experimentation here.
Very easy recipe with great flavor!
Shrimp Pasta in Garlic Basil Tomato Sauce
- 1 lb. shrimp, peeled
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 8 ounces Spaghetti pasta
- Salt and Pepper, for seasoning
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
For the sauce:
- 2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved
- 2 cups chicken broth, unsalted
- ½ cup fresh basil leaves
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp flour (rice or wheat), to thicken the sauce
- 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
- In a large skillet, add olive oil and heat it over medium high heat. When the pan is hot, add shrimp and garlic and season generously with salt and pepper.
- Cook about 2 minutes, turning shrimp over once, until just cooked through, and then transfer to a large plate.
To make the sauce:
- Add the tomatoes and broth to the skillet and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and slowly add 2 tablespoons of flour (I used rice flour) to thicken the sauce. Add basil and salt.
- While the sauce is simmering, cook Spaghetti according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
- To add everything together, toss pasta well with the shrimp sauce, red pepper flakes and Parmesan or serve the sauce over top of pasta in a serving plate and sprinkle with Parmesan and red pepper on each individual plate.