Shrimp Angel Hair Pasta

Serves 4

This shrimp angel hair pasta is my go to pasta recipe. It’s simple and easy to make and tastes so delicious that it’ll be a staple on your menu as well.  The tomato sauce is absolutely delectable: the tomato flavor isn’t overpowering, but is balanced by the garlic, basil and olive oil!  It’s light and is even tastier with a little bit of pesto.  Let’s get started.

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Shrimp Angel Hair Pasta – Recipe


  • 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup white wine (substitute chicken broth or water)
  • 2 Tbsp. parsley, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. basil, chopped (more for garnish)
  • 25 shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 package angel hair pasta
  • 2 Tbsp. pesto, divided (optional)


  1. Heat a large pot over medium-high, add enough water to fill it 2/3 of the way, salt to taste and 1 Tbsp. olive oil and bring to a boil.
  2. Add pasta and cook until al dente.  Strain and set aside.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, heat remaining olive oil in a large, heavy-bottom pan over medium heat, add garlic and sauté until fragrant, 1 minute.
  4. Add the can of diced tomatoes, wine, parsley and basil and combine.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until it comes to a boil, 5 minutes.
  5. Add shrimp and continue cooking until shrimp is cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes.  Add salt to taste lemon juice and stir until combined and turn off heat.

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To serve, divide pasta between four plates, spoon the sauce over, drop small portions of pesto on top and garnish with more basil (if desired).  For a complete meal, serve with a simple side salad and a slice of garlic (or cheese-garlic) bread.


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