This Angel Hair Pasta with shrimp in red sauce full of flavors from tomatoes and herbs is a quick and easy dinner the whole family will love.
We are going to cook the shrimps in red sauce that takes about 10 minutes to prepare the shrimps and tomato sauce and 15 minutes to cook. While the shrimps are simmering away in the sauce, you can cook the angel hair pasta that takes 1 minute flat. Delicious, Easy, Healthy shrimp pasta recipe that helps you get dinner to the table in less than 30 minutes. You’re going to love this!
Red sauce for Pasta
Honestly, I was never a fan of the tomato sauce, the tang is too much for me, especially the store-bought ones or even the restaurant ones. That was until I figured out a way to balance the tangy flavor of the tomatoes with garlic, onions and herbs. And I’m so thankful I did, this shrimp pasta recipe has become one of the favorite dinner recipes for my family and friends.
This red sauce is made by sauteing onions, garlic, tomatoes, basil, oregano, paprika, chili flakes and then blending to form a paste. Before blending, add my secret ingredient: parsley stalks. They give an amazing flavor to the sauce and balance out the zesty flavor of tomatoes. They may slightly change the bright red color of the tomatoes but that’s the compromise you make for a great-tasting sauce.
Shrimp in Red Sauce
how do you prepare the shrimps?
If buying fresh shrimps, remove the shells and tail and devein. If using frozen shrimps, thaw them by washing a few times with tap water or soaking in tap water for about 10 minutes, until they reach room temperature. Leaving frozen shrimps to thaw naturally (on the kitchen counter) will make the shrimps go limp and mushy.
how do you cook shrimps in tomato sauce?
Grease a baking tray with butter and arrange the shrimps in a single layer. Spread the red sauce to completely cover the shrimps. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes at 350°F/ 175°C.
can I cook the shrimps with red sauce on stovetop?
Baking the sauce with shrimps locks in the flavor and gives a thick consistency. However, if you want to cook the sauce on stovetop, by all means, go ahead. It takes a bit longer if simmered on stove-top. Heat butter in a pan and add the shrimps and sauce. Mix and simmer until the prawns are cooked (become opaque).
how do you cook angel hair pasta?
I used to think that nobody needs to learn how to cook pasta because it is so straight forward. I’ve never been so WRONG! If you don’t cook it right, you will be left with a lump of pasta which is overcooked in some parts and undercooked in some. Or just clumpy overcooked pasta. Cooking angel hair pasta is trickier because it cooks so fast, you don’t even have time to think about the damage!
So when cooking angel hair, I can’t stress “al dente” more. That means the pasta should be “firm to the bite” and not too soft.
To begin with, ensure that you’ve started cooking the shrimps with the sauce in the oven (or stovetop) BEFORE cooking the pasta because the sauce has to be hot and ready when the pasta is done.
Boil water (about 3 liters/ 12 cups for this recipe) in a large stockpot with 1 tablespoon of salt. There should be enough water and space for the pasta to move around. So choose a large pot to boil the pasta.
how long does angel hair pasta take to cook?
Angel hair pasta typically takes 2 to 4 minutes to cook depending on the brand. Cook 1 minute lesser than the time specified in the package. Mine said 2 minutes so I cooked for 1 minute. (quicker than instant noodles!) This is because you are going to mix the pasta with hot sauce where it again gets cooked in the residual heat.
how to make shrimp pasta
Drain the pasta while you reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water. The shrimps in red sauce will be ready by now. Place the pasta in a wide pan and toss with the red sauce and shrimps. Add the reserved pasta water as necessary, a few teaspoons at a time. Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese and parsley.
Tips to make the best shrimp with angel hair pasta
Do not skip the parsley stems while making the red sauce. It makes ALL the difference.
Toss the pasta with the sauce while it is still HOT. This helps the pasta absorb the sauce better.
Hope I have answered all your questions about this healthy shrimp pasta recipe.
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