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Spicy Shrimp with Basil Tomato Pasta

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Spicy Shrimp with Basil Tomato Fettuccine Pasta – lots of garlic and fresh tomatoes in this dish, smothered in a flavorful and spicy creamy sauce!

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This recipe is super easy to make and great for using fresh tomatoes if you have too many! You’ll love this refreshing pasta dinner with shrimp – it’s very creamy and satisfying with a Mediterranean flare!


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Spicy Shrimp with Basil Tomato Pasta

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Spicy Shrimp with Basil Tomato Pasta


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 small tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • half a pound of shrimp (90 count of small shrimp in 1 pound), without shells and deveined
  • salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup half and half (or milk)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 8 oz fettuccine pasta (use gluten free brown rice fettuccine for gluten free version)
  • 2 fresh tomatoes, sliced


  1. In a large skillet, saute minced garlic, sliced tomatoes, and basil in 2 tablespoons of oil for 1 minute until garlic is fragrant.
  2. Add shrimp, sprinkle with a small amount of salt, paprika, and cook on medium heat for about 2 more minutes.
  3. Add half and half, 1/2 teaspoon of dry basil, and crushed red pepper to the skillet with shrimp and tomatoes, bring to boil and reduce to simmer. Whisk the Parmesan cheese into the hot cream and stir to melt cheese, on lowest heat setting, until the cheese is melted. Remove the sauce from heat. Add more salt, basil and more crushed red pepper if desired, to taste.
  4. In the mean time, cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain (reserving some pasta water). Add cooked pasta to the creamy mixture, add fresh sliced tomatoes (2 total), more salt, basil and more crushed red pepper if desired, to taste.



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  • Natalie December 21, 2015, 11:19 pm

    This looks great, but am I missing something? I didn’t see a note about sun dried tomatoes and what do you do with the reserved water from the pasta? Looks amazing!

  • Samina January 3, 2016, 5:51 pm

    Agree with other comment. There seems to be info missing in the recipe. There’s no mention of sun dried tomatoes that the note refers to & what’s with the reserved pasta water? I’m bummed, because the recipe really looks delicious & I’d hoped to make it.

  • Rach's Recipes January 19, 2016, 6:55 pm

    I’d make the pasta first. Add maybe 1/2 cup of the pasta water back to the pasta and then add the shrimp mixture.

  • doremi March 11, 2016, 12:08 pm

    Oooooh Mmmmyyyy Gooooodnesss!!!! This was a huge hit for even my kids!!!!!–they are still little monkeys! We all enjoyed the dish!!!! On top of it, it’s SO easy to make and WAY TO FAST to serve!!! This will be one of our staple weekday menus 🙂 Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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