Shrimp with Spicy Tomato Sauce

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

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


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Uncover the pan, stir in the shrimp and olives, re-cover, and simmer for 5 minutes. Set the sauce aside and keep warm.

  5. 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.


Free recipes, giveaways, exclusive partner offers, and more straight to your inbox!


I have not made this yet so I cannot rate it.

Include a Photo Include a Photo

Click the button above or drag and drop images onto the button. You can upload two images.

Cancel Reply to Comment

Thanks for your comment. Don't forget to share!


Report Inappropriate Comment

Are you sure you would like to report this comment? It will be flagged for our moderators to take action.

Thank you for taking the time to improve the content on our site.

Sign In to Your Account

Close Window
Sign In with one of your Social Accounts
Facebook Twitter
Sign In using Email and Password