Shrimp, Broccolini and Tomato Pasta

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~ Shrimp, Broccolini, Plum Tomatoes, Basil, Garlic, Chili, Spaghetti ~

Nothing beats a fresh and bright bowl of pasta, whipped up in less than 30 minutes, for an easy weeknight dinner. This dish has it all: Crisp tender broccolini and sauteed shrimp tossed in a simple tomato sauce flavored with basil, garlic and chili.  It’s elegant, light and utterly delicious. Happy Monday!

Spaghetti with Shrimp, Broccolini and Basil
Serves 4

1 pound spaghetti or linguine
Extra-vrigin olive oil
Crushed red pepper flakes
3/4 pound broccolini, ends trimmed, cut in 1-inch pieces
3/4 pound medium shrimp, peeled with tails intact, deveined
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 (28 ounce) can Italian plum tomatoes, drained
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup whole basil leaves
Grated Parmigiano cheese, optional

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add spaghetti and cook until al dente. Drain  and transfer to a large serving bowl.

While the pasta is cooking, heat one tablespoon olive oil and a pinch of red pepper flakes in a skillet. Add broccolini and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Sauté until bright in color and crisp tender. Transfer broccolini to a plate.

Add 1 tablespoon oil and 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes to same skillet.
Add shrimp in one layer, in batches if necessary. Cook until pink on both sides and just cooked through, 2-3 minutes. Transfer shrimp to another plate.

Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to skillet. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, one teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Simmer 5 minutes, breaking tomatoes apart with a spoon. Taste for seasoning and add a teaspoon of sugar if needed. Add shrimp, broccolini and tomatoes to the spaghetti. Toss to combine. Add basil and toss again. Divide among serving plates. Grind more pepper over the pasta and sprinkle with cheese if using.

12 thoughts on “Shrimp, Broccolini and Tomato Pasta

  1. Perfect meal, as far as I’m concerned! I love everything about it, not too heavy, fresh with the seafood and veggies… delicious!

    A Happy Monday for sure! 🙂

  2. your images are always so beautiful.. and this dish is lovely for tonight esp as we are watching more snow fall and the wind is blowing and shortly we have to go out and milk daisy. Wish you were in my kitchen making this for dinnner! c

  3. Shrimp is a favorite component of fast dinners at my house too. Pairing it with broccolini ans zingy fresh basil makes for a scrumptious spring dinner!

  4. The simple meals are often the best and in looking at this, there is no excuse for people not to cook.

  5. A beautiful dish! And like so many of the better dishes, just a few well-chosen ingredients coming together perfectly.

  6. This was such a refreshing, easy dish. Thank you. I was stumped when the recipe said add the tomato sauce as I didn’t find that in the ingredients. I added about 1/2 cup and went on. It was delicious!

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