I made Marinara Sauce last week and had it in the freezer but if you don’t want to make your own try and get a hold of some Raos Marinara Sauce in a jar you’ll be just fine. Raos is my go-to jarred sauce when I need sauce and don’t have my own. Making your own is super easy but I know not everyone wants to do it. I have some recipes on my site for making your own. Look for Sunday Night Red Sauce ( Marinara) .
I made this for the 2 of us and this is what I did if you have more people just increase ingredients. No exact science here and you can make changes to suit your own preferences. I had left overs and would say that a pound of shrimp with pasta should serve 3-4 nicely. I used 1/2 a box of pasta but for more than 2 you would use a whole box and maybe increase amount of shrimp.
I used Bucatini type spaghetti because we like the ropy texture but you can use any spaghetti you like or no pasta or use zucchini zoodles.
Perfect Sunday Night Dinner or any night Dinner.
4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 lb. Shrimp — I used app. 12 large shrimp for the two of us –peeled and de-veined
4 Whole garlic cloves, peeled and minced
Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Marinara Sauce — I made my own but probably 1/2 a jar or more depending on how much sauce you like–I love Raos Marinara or Arrabiata Sauce ( spicy version)
Spaghetti –any type you like for the two of us I used 1/2 a box but if you make the whole box it’s great leftovers the next day
*Basil is really nice served chopped up in this but I didn’t have any
*crushed red pepper is a must for us but also totally optional
I pat the shrimp dry after cleaning and de-veining it and place in a bowl and sprinkle salt and pepper and mix around with the shrimp — or lay out the shrimp on some paper towels and sprinkle S and P , just make sure you get salt and pepper all around the shrimp– I like a bowl but it really doesn’t matter.
Heat 4 Tablespoons Olive Oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add 4 minced garlic cloves and cook till golden not burnt if heat is too high turn it down the garlic cooks very quickly so sometimes I will put in hot oil and remove from heat till garlic turns golden and softens.
I then add the shrimp into the hot oil and cook the shrimp but not all the way through– maybe 2 minutes on each side you’ll want the to start curling and turn pink around the edges. When shrimp is cooked set aside shrimp in a dish– If you’re making double the amount of shrimp don’t crowd the shrimp in the pan you want them to sear not steam
Prepare the Pasta according to the box directions– I prefer it al dente.
After you remove shrimp pour the marinara sauce into the pan and bring to a low simmer stirring up any small bit from the shrimp. I added crushed red pepper because we like it spicy this is totally optional.
When pasta is ready I put shrimp into the simmering marinara sauce and probably cook for app. 4 minutes depending on the size of your shrimp. Obviously if you’re using small shrimp this will cook faster you’ll have to watch it.
I plated up the pasta added sauce and shrimp and served immediately