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Arrabiata Pasta with Shrimp

Arrabiata pasta is a traditional Italian spicy sauce pasta made with garlic, tomatoes and dried red chili peppers cooked in olive oil. It's made with simple ingredients yet has a deep spicy bite that will definitely give your taste buds a kick. Try it with sauteed shrimp for a quick and flavorful weeknight meal!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 309kcal
Author: Yumna Jawad


  • 3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 24 oz garlic pasta sauce I used Sam's Choice Italia
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil roughly chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 8 oz penne pasta I used Sam's Choice Italia
  • Parmesan cheese for serving
  • Basil for serving


  • 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.
  • Heat remaining 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in the same skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the garlic pasta sauce and basil, season with salt and pepper and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta until al dente.
  • Add the pasta to the cooked sauce and stir in the shrimp. Toss to combine.
  • Serve with grated Parmesan cheese and fresh basil, if desired.



  • Preparation: The arrabbiata sauce can be made up to 3 days ahead and refrigerated in an airtight container. Or it can be frozen for up to 1 month.
  • Storage: Refrigerate any leftover pasta in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 190mg | Sodium: 1189mg | Potassium: 534mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 645IU | Vitamin C: 11.9mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 3.4mg