Saturday, October 6, 2012

Shrimp Fra Diavolo

I was feeling a little devilish tonight because its our 18th wedding anniversary this weekend so I decided to make something spicy. This is so easy to make at home with very few ingredients. If you ordered this in a restaurant you would probably pay around $16-$18 a dish, but you can make it at home for about $7.50 a dish feeding 4 people.
1 lb shrimp
1 24oz can of whole tomatoes 
5-6 cloves of garlic smashed and peeled
1/4 red wine
1/4 cup chopped parsley
hot pepper flakes to taste
cayenne, salt and pepper to taste
1 lb linguine
some pasta water

First season the shrimp with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper, add about 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a skillet and get a good sear on the shrimp, remove from the pan and set aside. Now add the garlic just a minute or two (don't let it get brown or it will turn bitter), add the wine and deglaze the pan. Next add the tomatoes, I just squeezed them up a bit with my hands, and re season with salt, pepper and add the hot pepper flakes. Now its time to turn the pasta water on to boil and cook the sauce for about 1/2 hour. When the pasta is almost done add the shrimp back to the sauce with 1/2 the parsley. When the pasta is done toss all together and add some pasta water if needed. 
*garlic bread and a salad would be an easy and budget friendly dinner for friend
**and of course a good bottle of wine or 2,3,4....
***happy endings ;)

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