Sunday, April 3, 2011

Shrimp Fra Diavolo

As promised in my Italian Gougeres post last week, I am finally posting my Shrimp Fra Diavolo recipe! Things have been pretty hectic lately, and I have also been glued to the book Water for Elephants.  I've always been one of those people who must read the book first before seeing the movie version, and since the movie is coming out this month, I need to get cracking!
But getting back on track... Before I get to my Shrimp Fra Diavolo, I would like to send out a huge thank you to Kelly at Eat Yourself Skinny! Kelly honored me my second Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award this past week.  Please be sure to check out Kelly's Blog! She creates absolutely delicious recipes while maintaining a healthy weight! Now who doesn't want that!?

Now, without further ado, Shrimp Fra Diavolo...
Shrimp Fra Diavolo 
Ingredients:
-1 bag Penne pasta
-1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined 
-3 tablespoons olive oil, plus 1 to 2 more tablespoons 
-1 medium onion, chopped
-3 cloves garlic, minced
-1 14 oz can diced tomatoes or kitchen ready tomatoes (when I do not have diced that is what I use so I get a thicker sauce)
-1 cup dry white wine
-3 tablespoons fresh parsley 
-1/2 to 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
-2 to 3 tablespoons of oregano and basil
-Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Fill a large pan with water, salt, and a little bit of oil.  Bring the water to a boil and add the bag of penne pasta.  Cook the pasta for about 8-10 minutes or until tender.  Strain the penne and pour into a large serving dish.  Set aside. 

Meanwhile, heat a large saucepan with the 3 tablespoons of olive oil.  Toss shrimp with a little salt and pepper and add to the saucepan.  Cook for only a couple of minutes.  Remove shrimp and any juices from the saucepan and set aside. 
If needed, add 1-2 more tablespoons of olive oil to the same saucepan and add the onions.  SautĂ© the onions for about 5 minutes.  Then, add the garlic, tomatoes, wine, and oregano.  Simmer for about 10 minutes (or until the sauce thickens).  

Return the shrimp and any accumulated juices to the saucepan and mix in with the sauce for a minute or two.  Toss in the basil, parsley, and salt and red pepper to taste. If you like a little more zing to your pasta, then use the full teaspoon of red pepper flakes, but if you do not want it to be too hot, then only add a few shakes of the pepper (which is what I prefer to do). 

Pour the shrimp sauce over the penne pasta and serve! 
Enjoy this meal with your favorite glass of wine, some breadsticks or gougères, and maybe even some cannoli! Enjoy!

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25 comments:

  1. Amazing! I just bought some shrimp...now I know what to do with them...

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  2. MMMmm...bet that smells awesome. Quick and easy, too! Thanks!

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  3. This look divine and so easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Ooh! This looks like a great dinner. And the book is great by the way!

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  5. What a fabulous pasta dish...I may need to whip this up soon!

    PS...LOVED Water for Elephants...one of my top 10 favorite books :)

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  6. Lovely pasta recipe! Elyse, I have an award for you. You can collect it here:http://www.manusmenu.com/awards-galore
    Hugs! :-)

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  7. That is one delicious pasta dish! I haven't had shrimp with pasta in a while and this makes me want to change that real quick.

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  8. This simple dish looks as though it is filled with flavor (and heat). Perfect for a quick, tasty meal.

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  9. That looks so amazing, what a great meal to have during the week! Love the heat!

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  10. So how are you enjoying the book? I've been thinking about reading it too. Haven't seen the movie yet.
    This pasta dish looks good! I'm not even a big shrimp fan but I think I would totally devour this!! I like the added red pepper flakes in there too.

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  11. This looks so good and real easy to make

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  12. So glad you recommended that book, I've heard of it but not picked it up. I will add it to my list.
    LOVE the fra diavolo!! We have a local restaurant that makes this dish but I've always wanted to make it at home. Nicely done!!

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  13. Brandi and Kim... definitely read water for elephants! I'm in love with it! I can't wait for the movie now :)

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  14. Delicious pasta recipe. I love shrimps with pasta. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. This looks like the perfect dinner, quick and full of flavor. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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  16. Congratulations on your reward and kudos for such a wonderful recipe. This is my first visit to your site and I took some time to browse through your earlier entries. I'm so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you feature here.
    I plan to be back often. I hope you have a great evening. Blessings...Mary

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  17. Congrats on the award and this pasta dish looks yummy! My son loves tomatoes and shrimp, so it's perfect! I'm going to use your recipe this week for lunch. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. What a lovely looking shrimp and pasta dish: like the addition of the pepper flakes in there, too. Well done on the award! I'll need to get reading that book. You've also inspired me to check this out!

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  19. This looks awesome! I could eat pasta everyday so this is definitely one that I am going to add to my pasta rotation!

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  20. This looks wonderful! I like the added spice w/ the red pepper flakes. A little kick never hurts! :)

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  21. I have been on an Italian kick lately and this looks right up my alley!

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  22. you sound like one of my friend. She is from India but for the last few years she is settled in Sweden. She love books more than anything else! She would read all the novels and then when we sued to go for movie.. she would go 'oh no! they shouldn't have miss that part and .. bla bla' and later at night she will tell me the whole story :D :D
    you know i love Pasta .. so any pasta dish makes me drool babe :)

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  23. The dish is looking so good. Thanks for stopping by my space.

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  24. Kankana -

    I think your friend and I would get along great! haha :)

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  25. WOW yummy!!! This looks so amazing and I must make this soon :) Thanks so much for sharing!

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