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Spicy Shrimp Pasta

While I've dabbled plenty in the realm of chili peppers, there is nothing that settles my cravings quite like spicy shrimp pasta. We've found that a lot of recipes try to overcomplicate this delicacy, when there is no need to! Here is our tried and true spicy shrimp recipe! Enjoy!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian


  • medium-large frying pan
  • Large pot


  • 220 g spagetti
  • 250 g extra-large shrimps
  • 250 g cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. butter or ghee
  • 1/4 cup white wine preferably dry
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red chili pepepr
  • 2 tbsp. fresh thyme and basil finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • kosher salt


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and season with kosher salt.
  • Cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente (usually about 8- 11 minutes). Scoop 1/4 cup of the pasta water out of the pot and set aside, then drain the pasta and transfer to a bowl.
  • While the pasta is cooking, pat the shrimps with a paper towel to dry them. Sprinkle lightly with salt on both sides.
  • Put a large skillet over medium-high heat. Pour in the olive oil. When it starts to shimmer, add the shrimp in one layer. Cook 2 minutes, then turn them over and continue cooking until they turn pink and opaque, about 1 more minute.
  • Add the tomatoes, garlic, butter or ghee, dried thyme and chili to the pan and stir. When the butter is melted, add wine and 2 or 3 tablespoons of the reserved pasta water and swirl around until saucy (add more if needed, a tablespoon at a time).
  • Pour the shrimp and sauce over the pasta. Top with fresh thyme, basil and parmesan cheese to taste. Toss gently and serve.
Keyword Spicy Shrimp Pasta