reader’s recipes: shrimp fra diavolo

March 5, 2013


shrimpfra diavoloShrimp Fra Diavolo

Ingredients:
1. 1 tbsp of Better Than Bouillon to make one cup of chicken stock (or just chicken stock if you have it on hand)
2. 1 – 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes and sauce
3. 1 small onion diced
4. Whole wheat pasta
5. A few sprigs of fresh basil
6. 1 tbsp of minced garlic
7. Cajun seasoning
8. 1 lb. peeled and deveined shrimp (we did tails off, but you can leave them on)
9. 1 tbsp red pepper flakes (can add more or less depending on your spice level, I think I ended up doing 2)
10. 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
11. Chopped parsley (optional)

shrimpfra diavolo Directions:
1. In a medium bowl, toss the shrimp with cajun seasoning (or any other kind of seasoning you like).
2. Brown the garlic until light brown and then add the diced onions. Season with sea salt.
3. When the onions and garlic are cooked and transluscent, add the diced tomatoes. Proceed to add the basil (can used dried if you don’t have fresh basil) and cook down until the tomatoes are broken down.
4. Add the chicken stock. Simmer until reduced a little, then add red chili pepper flakes, depending on how spicy you like it.
5. While the sauce continues to cook, bring a pot of water to boil and cook the pasta. Once the pasta is cooked, add the pasta directly into the sauce and toss to coat.
6. Heat the extra virgin olive oil in another skillet over high heat and saute the shrimp until thoroughly cooked, about 1 to 2 minutes. Top the pasta with the shrimp and parsley for garnish. shrimpfra diavoloI made two batches of sauce, one spicy and another sans red pepper flakes for the girls. They also had chicken in theirs instead of shrimp because True is allergic to shrimp. I liked how it turned out, though Ben wasn’t a fan of the cajun seasoning. I think it’s the celery salt in it that was throwing him off. I think the recipe would also be great without any seasoning on the shrimp or maybe just lightly sauteed with garlic. I love cooking with garlic! It makes everything smell and taste yummy. Well, everything but dessert. I can’t do garlic in my dessert. I’ve tried garlic ice cream before and wasn’t a fan.

This recipe comes from Linda who pens the blog Pound of Glue. See her recipe for Shrimp Fra Diavolo here. She’s always cooking up something that looks yummy and she has a few other recipes she sent me that I want to try out. This is only my third reader’s recipe, but I love trying out things that you guys love. If you have something you love to make and eat in your home, please do share (just leave it in the comments and or email me). I would love to try it too!

Thank you Linda for this delicious dish! I can’t wait to try the Pad See Ew recipe you sent too! 

Wanna see other past recipes recommended from readers? Check out this Vietnamese chicken pho and this paella recipe. Both so good!

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