Shrimp Fra Diavolo….
Italy is situated on the beautiful Mediterranean sea. The food is fresh, light, and delicious, Italian food is a favorite of mine & of many people. In Italy, most meals are cooked by home cooks using fresh seasonal vegetables and a few ingredients making their cuisine the one of the most popular in the world.
So, why is it, when we eat Italian food at restaurants, the meal is heavy & we get so stuffed & weighed down? The reason is that the protein is heavily breaded, then covered with a very thick heavy tomato sauce, then topped with cheese when it should be light.
Most Italian recipes are made with basic Mediterranean ingredients such as fish, tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, lemon & herbs with or without cheese. For instance, the famous marinara sauce is made with garlic, olive oil, ripened tomatoes, making it light, tasty & it does not weigh us down , I mean how simple is that? When fresh tomatoes are in season it’s used to make the tomato sauce and when not available, a can of San Marzano imported tomatoes from Italy or organic canned tomatoes will do for a great tasting marinara sauce.
It’s been said in Italy, if the pasta does not stick to the sauce, this was an embarrassment to the cook, so it’s very important for the sauce to stick to the pasta, so it needs to simmer on low heat.
Marinara sauce can be added to many dishes, parmagian dishes, you can also use the sauce for making pizza.
1 can of San Marzzano Italian tomatoes (or you can use Rao;s Marinara Sauce)
1/4 cup of olive oil
2 tbs crushed garlic
1 tsp salt
For the sauce, in a medium size pot heat the olive oil and add in the garlic, make sure not to burn the garlic, crush the tomatoes by hand, add into the pot, simmer for about 20-30 minutes on low heat. If you are short on time you can use Rao’s tomato sauce, the sauce tastes delicious and I use it all the time.
Shrimp Fra Diavolo!
1 pound of shrimp 16-24 count
1 tsp of crushed red pepper flakes
1 prepared marinara sauce
1 box of linguine pasta (I prefer Dececco brand)
If you love shrimp you will love this dish, some add calamari and mussels but I don’t, this is shrimp fra diavolo after all.
Cook the pasta according to package direction. Meanwhile in a large, deep saucepan add olive oil, the garlic, crushed pepper flakes and cook for a few seconds until you smell the garlic. Add in the shrimp & cook for a few minutes until it turns pink (do not over cook) add the marinara sauce.
Plate the pasta and top with the shrimp fra diavolo sauce for a fantastic light and delicious Italian dinner. Garnish with fresh parsley or fresh basil.
Don’t forget to make it for your family & friends and we love to get your comments.