Spicy (or Not) Garlic and Shrimp Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes



Yield: Serves2-3


2 Tbsp dry bread crumbs

3 Tbsp + approximately 1 tsp Flying Olive Garlic, Basil, Tuscan Herb or a Single Varietal of Flying Olive Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided

½ pound angel hair or other long, thin pasta such as spaghetti or linguini

1/2 pound shelled shrimp

4 garlic cloves, minced

½ cup dry white wine

1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil, and a sprig for garnish if desired

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/4 tsp-1 tsp of Flying Olive Cayenne Red Chili Extra Virgin Olive Oil, optional


In a small skillet, cook the bread crumbs in 1 Tbsp of Flying Olive EVOO of Choicel over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until golden and crisp, 2 to 3 minutes. Scrape the bread crumbs onto a plate.

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta 1 minute less than indicated on package directions. Drain the pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water.

Meanwhile, in a large, deep skillet, heat 1 + ¼ tsp Tbsp of EVOO of Choice or Combination of Choice. (I use 1 Tbsp and ¼ tsp of Cayenne Red Chili EVOO’s)of olive oil and add the shrimp to the pan, spreading them evenly in 1 layer. Cook for 1 minute then turn them to the other side and cook 1 more minute.

Add the garlic to the pan and cook for 30 seconds. Deglaze pan with the wine and add the cherry tomatoes. Add pasta, remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil and basil to the shrimp.

Cook over moderately high heat, tossing the pasta and lightly crushing the tomatoes, until the sauce is slightly thickened and the shrimp are cooked through, about 4 minutes. If the sauce is thick, add a little reserved cooking water to thin out the sauce to the desired consistency.

Season with salt and pepper to taste, transfer pasta to bowls, sprinkle the bread crumbs on top. (I like to add a little drizzle of Flying Olive Cayenne Red Chili Extra Virgin Olive Oil to my pasta and mix it in before I add the bread crumbs. It adds an amazing flavor and a little kick of heat. Your choice, of course) Serve.

Submitted by Barb L.