I'm pretty sure I've said this many times... you do not see a lot of shrimp recipes on here because I have had bad experiences with the frozen kind and fresh is not that easy to find out here. So, I tend to only buy it on certain occasions. BUT.. I was looking for something different to make... something outside of my standard chicken or tilapia...so I grabbed a bag and hoped for the best.
Good thing I did, because this bag was good. No stinky, smelly shrimp!! YAY!!!
Of course, the first thing I wanted to make was a pasta dish!! There's just something about shrimp and pasta that I adore. It's actually the one time I prefer to have a thin pasta like angel hair, over my beloved penne. And garlic........ I mean, shrimp and pasta go so well with garlic!! (as do so many, many more things!!)
Anyway, this is yet another fantastic week night meal. It can easily come together in less then 30 minutes...you just can't beat that. Not only is this a good week night meal for the entire family, but it can also be a fantastic little romantic dinner for two! Versatility is your friend!!
Spicy Garlic Shrimp Pasta
3/4 lbs angel hair pasta
2 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, divided
1/4-1/2 lbs. shelled and deveined medium shrimp
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (use less for less heat)
1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
salt and pepper
freshly toasted homemade Italian seasoned breadcrumbs (optional)
Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain; reserving 1/2 cup pasta water.
In a skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the garlic, red pepper flakes, and tomatoes. Cook for 1 minute. Add the shrimp and cook until shrimp is heated through. Remove from heat and add the cooked pasta, tossing to coat. Toss in 1 tablespoon of olive oil, the parsley and season with salt and pepper. If the pasta is too dry, add the reserved pasta water. Top with breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese. Enjoy!
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