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Arrabiata pasta with shrimp in a small pasta bowl
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Arrabiata Pasta with Shrimp

Pasta Arrabiata is a traditional Italian spicy tomato-based sauce pasta made with garlic, tomatoes and chili peppers, try it with shrimp!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 235kcal
Author Yumna Jawad


  • 8 ounces penne pasta
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil divided
  • 1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 3 cups tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup fresh basil roughly chopped, plus more for serving


  • Cook the pasta in a pot of salted water according to package instructions until al dente. Drain, reserving ½ cup of the cooking pasta liquid.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp to the pan, season with salt and black pepper, and cook for 2-3 minutes per side until shrimp is opaque, transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  • Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in the same skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the tomato sauce and basil and simmer on low for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens.
  • Transfer the cooked pasta on top of the sauce, and add some of the reserved cooking liquid, if desired. Serve with shrimp on top and extra basil, if desired.


Storage: Refrigerate any leftover pasta in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Make Ahead Suggestions: You can make the arrabiata pasta up to 4-5 days in advance and then just add freshly made pasta and warm through.
Freezing Instructions: You can make a big batch of the arrabiata pasta and freeze it for up to 3 months. It's best to cook it without the shrimp for freezing and it will last for 3 months. 


Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 216mg | Potassium: 369mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 302IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 2mg