Spaghetti with a spicy tomato sauce and shrimp. A delicious 20 minute weeknight dinner fancy enough to serve on a date night. This recipe is absolutely mouth-watering, incredibly easy to make and loaded with flavor. Full of garlic, red pepper, juicy cherry tomatoes and shrimp. Pure joy. This pasta has it all! Straightforward, easy to prepare and out of this world delicious. Everything gets tossed together in a spicy tomato sauce made with tomato paste and cherry tomatoes, packed with garlic and finished with some grated Parmesan. Yup, it’s just that simple. The shrimp help give the pasta a little depth, while the crushed red pepper flakes and sambal add just enough kick. It’s perfect. Serve with some crusty bread and a simple side salad drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. —Anna Chwistek | Serving Dumplings
(6.4 oz) spaghetti
(10.6 oz) shrimp, peeled and deveined
(8.8 oz) cherry tomatoes
(5.5 oz) tomato paste
(1.7 oz) grated parmesan, more for serving
shallot, finely chopped
garlic cloves, minced
each: red pepper flakes, smabal
each: salt, black pepper, sweet paprika
In This Recipe
In a large bowl, combine shrimp with 1 tsp salt, black pepper and sweet paprika. Add 1 tbsp olive oil, toss and set aside.
Cook the spaghetti in a large pot of boiling, generously salted water. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water.
In the meantime, heat the remaining 2 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Place the shrimp in a single layer, sear for 1 minute. Flip and sear the other side, 1 minute. Transfer to a plate.
In the same skillet, lower the heat and melt the butter. Add garlic and shallot, cook until fragrant for about 2 minutes. Add cherry tomatoes, cook about 3 minutes or until the tomatoes start to burst. Press on the back of the tomatoes with a fork to release their juices and stir to combine. Add tomato paste, red pepper flakes and the remaining salt, black pepper and sweet paprika. Deglaze with 1/4 cup cooking water, and scrape the bottom with a wooden spoon to release the brown bits. Add sambal, cook for 2 minutes.
Toss with spaghetti and add 1/4 cup cooking water. Add parmesan and transfer shrimp back to the skillet. Add parsley, stir until smooth and glossy. Add more cooking water if needed.
Divide spaghetti among bowls, serve with extra Parmesan. Enjoy!