Spicy Maine Shrimp Sauce Over Pasta Recipe
Here in New England, Maine shrimp are small red shrimp available seasonally and I love to take advantage of them by making a spicy sauce for pasta. If you can find them with heads on and roe intact, all the better for a more intense flavor, but headless shell-on shrimp will do just fine. (This can be made with any type of shellfish or calamari)
- Maine shrimp rinsed and patted dry, shells on (I used a 1/2 lb. for 1 generous serving since it was my first of the season.)
- 2 whole medium cloves of garlic, peeled
- Canned tomatoes, roughly just under a 1/2 can or so (kitchen ready, strained Pomi, your favorite tomato for pasta sauce)
- 1/2 c. roughly chopped Italian flat leaf parsley, 1 bay leaf (not California), pinch of dried oregano
- Dried chili pepper to taste (I used 1 Thai chili, crushed between my fingers)
- Olive oil
- Salt and ground black pepper to taste
- Pasta (I prefer linguine fini for fish sauces.)
- Saute shrimp in approximately 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil in a sauce pot for about 2 minutes on each side over medium high heat.
- Lower heat to medium and add garlic cloves, and saute until light golden brown on each side.
- Add tomatoes, some salt and ground black pepper, chili pepper, parsley, dried oregano and bay leaf and bring back to a boil.
- Let cook for 20 minutes over low heat, covered (as long as it slowly bubbling). Taste for seasoning, adding more spice/salt if necessary.
- Boil your favorite pasta in plenty of well salted water. Drain pasta and serve with shrimp sauce. Please note that shellfish will break down the sauce so it appears to be on the watery side, but the flavor will still be intense.
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