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Red Sauce Spaghetti Recipe With Shrimp

This truly is the BEST red sauce spaghetti recipe. It requires only a good, flavorsome tomato pasta sauce and grilled shrimp.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2
Calories: 667kcal
Author: Hina Gujral


  • Saucepan
  • Stir Fry Pan


  • 200 gram spaghetti pasta
  • 4 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Italian herb mix (oregano, thyme, sage)
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 200 gram shrimps/prawns (cleaned and deveined)
  • 1 Cup tomato marinara or arabiatta sauce see recipe here
  • ½ Cup boiled pasta water
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoon green onion or chives, chopped


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook pasta according to packet directions, but reduce the cooking time by 1 minute (because the pasta will cook further in the sauce as well). Hence, it is best to cook pasta al dente.
  • Reserve 1 Cup of boiled pasta water, drain the remaining water from the pasta. Rinse pasta with water to stop the cooking process. Set aside in a metal colander.
  • Heat olive oil in a large saucepan. Add garlic, Italian herb, chili flakes, and saute for 20 - 30 seconds to infuse the flavor into the oil. No need to brown the garlic.
  • Add shrimps, and saute till they are fully cooked. Shrimp does not take a long time to cook. They are fully cooked in 5 - 6 minutes.
  • Add the red pasta sauce, salt, pepper, boiled pasta water, and quickly stir. Simmer the sauce for 5 - 6 minutes. Taste and add more seasoning if required.
  • Add boiled pasta and gently toss to coat it with the sauce. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Turn off the heat.
  • Garnish pasta with fresh basil leaves or chives or green onion.
  • Serve red sauce spaghetti with a toasted bread slice.


  • Any good quality tomato pasta sauce such as marinara or arrabbiata works for this recipe.  
  • Adding shrimp is optional. Or you can substitute shrimp with clams, squid, prawns, or any other seafood of choice. 
  • Pasta absorbs a lot of sauce and liquid, hence adjust the quantity of sauce according to your pasta amount. 


Calories: 667kcal | Carbohydrates: 86g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 21g | Sodium: 670mg | Potassium: 709mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 904IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 3mg