Penne with Spicy Shrimp and Basil


This is a simple variation on a classic Shrimp Fra Diavolo, using the addition of fresh basil for extra aroma and flavor. The dish is easy to prepare and if you can get nice quality shrimp that's already been peeled and deveined, it makes for a quick meal. Serve with a tossed salad and a glass of Chianti.



  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled, deveined (tales left on)

  • 3 tbs extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 small onion, diced

  • 8 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 1/2 cup dry white wine

  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (to taste)

  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano

  • 2/3 cup fresh basil leaves, loosely packed

  • 2 tbs. fresh parsley, chopped

  • 12 ounces penne pasta, cooked and drained



  • Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and continue cooking for another 2 minutes. Add the white wine and crushed red pepper flakes. Bring to a simmer and cook for about a minute, then add the tomatoes, salt, pepper and dried oregano.

  • Continue simmering the sauce until some of the liquid has evaporated and it begins to thicken, about 6 to 8 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.

  • Add the shrimp to the pan and cook, stirring constantly until they turn pink and opaque - about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the basil and parsley. Serve over cooked penne.

    Makes 4 servings

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