Shrimp with Spicy Tomato Sauce
Mary Ann Esposito
Published by Hearst
Creating recipes gives me great satisfaction, especially when the results are surprisingly good. When I cook I let my intuition take over, but I’m never sure until I add the final ingredient as to how the dish will taste. For this shrimp dish I wanted a spicy sauce. I had bits of limp herbs, leftover red wine, and a few black olives on hand. They went into a sauce that turned out very piccante, a perfect foil for the shrimp. Serve this over spaghetti or rice.
Total Timeunder 1 hour
Recipe Coursemain course
Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, lactose-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free
Type of Dishpasta sauce, sauces
- 1 pound (about 30) medium shrimp, in the shell
- Juice of ½ lemon
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 cup coarsely chopped onion
- 8 large basil leaves
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 28-ounce can chopped plum tomatoes (3½ cups)
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- ½ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ cup dry red wine
- ¼ cup water
- 3 tablespoons diced oil-cured black olives
- 1 pound spaghetti
In a medium saucepan, bring about 2 quarts of water to a boil. Add the shrimp, lemon juice, and bay leaf. Boil just until the shells turn pink, about 2 to 3 minutes. Drain the shrimp, let cool, then peel, devein, and set aside.
Place the onion, basil, and garlic on a cutting board and, with a knife, chop the ingredients together until fine, making a battuto. Set aside.
In a saucepan, heat the olive oil, add the onion mixture, and saute over medium heat until soft, about 3 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, sea salt, pepper, oregano, wine, and water. Cover the pan, lower the heat, and simmer for about 25 minutes.
Uncover the pan, stir in the shrimp and olives, re-cover, and simmer for 5 minutes. Set the sauce aside and keep warm.
In a large pot, bring 4 to 6 quarts of water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook until al dente. Drain and place on a platter. Pour over the sauce, mix gently, and serve immediately.
1993 Mary Ann Esposito