Garlic and Basil Shrimp over Angel Hair Pasta

5 from 1 vote

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A close up of garlic basil shrimp with pasta.
 For many years the only pasta that I would eat was the classic spaghetti with a hamburger tomato sauce.  You know the kind that I am talking about.  My mom, as I am sure that your mom did as well, made this almost every week.  We grew up on this meal and myself and my six brothers and sisters loved it.   As I have grown older, my palate has grown as well.  Don’t get me wrong, I will happily eat a big plateful of the good old fashioned pasta any day of the week.   But sometimes, I want to mix it up a bit and put a new twist on this age-old favorite.

A person cutting basil.

As I was walking through the supermarket the other day, I passed the meat counter.  The friendly butcher asked if I needed anything and that’s about the moment that I spotted some beautiful shrimp on sale.  I quickly asked for a pound of those curled beauties, not knowing what the end result would be.   The newly found treasure was placed in the cart and I continued on my way.  Without a conscious effort, I started to place in my basket the makings of a fabulous meal:   Fresh basil, garlic, shallots, Italian diced tomatoes, and angel hair pasta.

A person frying shrimp in a pan.

When I got home, I opened up a bottle of our favorite white wine and went right to work on this simple dinner.  While I have never made this meal before, I knew that it would be delicious.  How could it not with all of these fresh ingredients?  As the shallots and garlic sautéed,  Dan’s interest was clearly peeked.    Just before meal times, our children often ask, “What’s cooking and when will dinner be ready?”  It was only a matter of a few short minutes that Dan started to sound like one of our boys – not that I minded.  True to form and before I knew it, his camera appeared and a Platter Talk post was born.

A close up of pasta with shrimp.

A glass of wine for the cook and another for his best friend and life partner.  Great conversation began and the house filled with wonderful aromas.  This meal went together quickly, but the indelible evening that we shared will remain in our memories for a long time to come.   -Scott

shrimp pasta on a plate.

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Garlic and Basil Shrimp over Angel Hair Pasta

5 from 1 vote
Sauteed shrimp basked in fresh basil and a light marinara.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 6 minutes
Total: 21 minutes
Yield: 2 servings


  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 4 Garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 small shallot finely chopped
  • 1 lb raw shrimp cleaned and deveined
  • 1 28 oz Diced Italian tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil chopped
  • 3 oz tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • grated Parmesan cheese for garnish
  • Angel hair pasta


  • Over medium heat, add olive oil to a saute pan.
  • Place the garlic and shallots in pan and cook for approximately 2 to 3 minutes. Make certain to stir the garlic and shallots so that they will not burn.
  • Add shrimp and cook for 3-5 minutes.
  • When shrimp have firmed and become slightly pink, remove from the pan and place to the side.
  • Stir into the pan the tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, white wine and salt and pepper.
  • Cook for approximately 8 -12 minutes. Your sauce should slightly thicken.
  • Place the shrimp back in the pan and allow to reheat for 2-3 minutes, or until the shrimp are warm.
  • In a stock pot, cook angel hair pasta according to directions on the box.
  • When the angel hair pasta is cooked, strain in a colander and rinse with cold water.
  • Plate the pasta and sauce and garnish with Parmesan cheese and some additional chopped basil.


Calories: 914kcal, Carbohydrates: 84g, Protein: 62g, Fat: 32g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 572mg, Sodium: 2274mg, Potassium: 1838mg, Fiber: 9g, Sugar: 20g, Vitamin A: 4231IU, Vitamin C: 77mg, Calcium: 412mg, Iron: 9mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
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Dan & Scott split their time between Wisconsin and Southwest Florida and are dads to six boys. Good food runs through their veins, and they love showing others how to cook easy recipes.

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  1. 5 stars
    Ohl my goodness – this looks fab!! And my mom made her homemade hamburger marinara spaghetti every week and I still love it to this day but its fun to mix it up and get creative!

  2. I love everything about this pasta dish! Looks so colorful, tasty and fragrant. I often forget about adding things like shrimp to pasta but it’s so good. Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe.

  3. As always, I thoroughly enjoyed your post. Thank you for allowing us once again to peek into your kitchen and tempt our taste buds with another wonderful dish. So family-friendly, yet elegant enough to serve for company….I love it!

    1. Thank you for your lovely comments. I hope that you give this a try. It was a nice weekday treat. -Scott

  4. I enjoy the old fashion spaghetti too. But now angel hair pasta is one of my favorites. You really did a number on this one. The tomato sauce with the shrimp—-I am likin’ the idea. In fact I am thinking I am going to serve that the next I have a guest over. Thank you.

    1. Carol…don’t wait for company to come over. This is so easy to put together. Treat yourself! -Scott

    1. Thanks Mary. This dinner was so simple to put together. Great for a weekday meal and special enough for company. -Scott

  5. Dan, your Angle Hair dish looks like “heaven on a plate”. So simple yet so delish. Life doesn’t get any better. Cheers! Pinning and stumbling!

  6. Your post actually brought tears to my eyes. Magical, special moments in the kitchen surrounded by fabulous food and a great partner – life doesn’t get much better than that!