Friday, October 7, 2011

Angel Hair Pasta with Spicy Shrimp

Angel hair pasta is one of my favorite types of pasta.

What I really love . . . it is ready to go from boiling water to plate in 3 or 4 minutes.  When I don't know what I'm hungry for, I start the water boiling with salt and garlic, throw in the Angel Hair Pasta and on the side melt some butter in a little olive oil, add minced garlic.  Drain the pasta, add the butter and garlic mixture and liberally add parmesean cheese.  One of my favorite meals ready within 10 minutes!  Add a salad and some bread and you've got an awesome meal.

But if you want to get a little fancier . . . try Angel Hair Pasta with Spicy Shrimp!  With my version, I saute garlic, green onion, cayenne pepper and dill in a mixture of olive oil and butter, add shrimp and cook for just 4 minutes (or until the shrimp is pink) . . . don't overcook the shrimp!!  Pour over the pasta, add some parmesean cheese . . . mmmm!

  Here is a version I found on the
 website Real Simple that I really want to try:


  • 12 ounces angel hair pasta or spaghetti (3/4 of a box)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined medium shrimp
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and return pasta to the pot.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute (do not let it brown).
  3. Add the shrimp, wine, red pepper, and ½ teaspoon salt. Simmer until the shrimp are opaque, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the butter.
  4. Toss the pasta with the shrimp mixture.


Catherine said...

Gina I love the spaghetti with butter, garlic and grated cheese too. The shrimp is an extra added plus to the dish. Blessings, Catherine xo

Martha said...

Thanks for sharing. This is my friend's favorite too! Yum!

Gina Alfani said...

Sometimes the most simplest of foods are the best . . .

Thanks for visiting and commenting Catherine and Martha!

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