This is a Cajun spicy sauce with shrimp that tastes great over a plate of spaghetti. Add as much or as little heat as you can stand!

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Ingredients

5
Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a 4 to 6 quart pot over medium heat, mix 4 ounces oil, tomato sauce, 8 to 12 ounces water, basil, 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Reduce heat to medium-low after reaching a boil; stir occasionally.

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  • Season shrimp with 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper and 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes; mix thoroughly and reserve.

  • In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, warm 1 ounce oil and add green bell pepper, red bell pepper, onion and garlic for 3 to 5 minutes; stir occasionally.

  • Add vegetables to tomato sauce and cook over medium heat. After 3 minutes reduce heat to low and cook for 20 to 25 minutes; stir occasionally.

  • When sauce has approximately 7 to 10 minutes to cook until completion, add seasoned shrimp to sauce; mix well. Bring heat to medium and stir occasionally.

  • In a small dish, mix cornstarch and 1 ounce cold water; add mixture to sauce when sauce has 2 minutes left until completion and mix well.

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and place in a serving bowl.

  • Pour sauce over pasta and sprinkle with green onions; serve.

Nutrition Facts

585 calories; protein 29g; carbohydrates 61g; fat 25g; cholesterol 138mg; sodium 845mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (25)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/20/2015
Once again we enjoyed a delicious supper based on using up fresh produce I needed to clear out of the fridge the night before I head out of town! Hubs agrees some of the best things I’ve come up with are a result of AR’s recipe search feature, typing in ingredients I need to use up. I didn’t measure anything, just cooked away, using olive oil rather than vegetable oil, large rather than small shrimp, and no cornstarch. Also, in consideration of Hubs’ sensitive innards, I skipped the optional red pepper flakes. The fact I had homemade tomato sauce in the freezer made this particularly fresh tasting. This, along with a tossed green salad, made for a delicious as well as pretty meal. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
05/29/2020
Husband did not like. I felt it was only ok Read More
37 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 26
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/20/2015
Once again we enjoyed a delicious supper based on using up fresh produce I needed to clear out of the fridge the night before I head out of town! Hubs agrees some of the best things I’ve come up with are a result of AR’s recipe search feature, typing in ingredients I need to use up. I didn’t measure anything, just cooked away, using olive oil rather than vegetable oil, large rather than small shrimp, and no cornstarch. Also, in consideration of Hubs’ sensitive innards, I skipped the optional red pepper flakes. The fact I had homemade tomato sauce in the freezer made this particularly fresh tasting. This, along with a tossed green salad, made for a delicious as well as pretty meal. Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2011
I really enjoyed it. I disagree with people saying that oil for this food is too much. It might be because of my cultural background (More fat is better). I think using olive oil would solve that problem. It's healthier but still tasty. One thing. I think this recipe is more in small portion size. I tried to make for 4 but it was enough for 3. However if you tend to have small portion the recipe might be good. Two tips: 1) I replaced shrimp with chicken but I think it might be better to marinate and fry chicken before a little bit and 2) if you don't have cornstarch you can use normal flower to make it thick. Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
01/18/2011
I've made and enjoyed t his several times, and noticed that I hadn't rated/reviewed it yet. I always make it exactly as written, using sunflower oil, sea salt, some "Penzeys Freshly Ground Pepper" and white onion. At first I tried larger shrimp, but then I thought that the 51-60 count shrimp worked better, so stuck with those. It is very tasty, a nice medley of ingredients. I will say that as written it's not very spicy (I like it hot!) and there's perhaps too much oil used. But all in all, I enjoyed this a lot, usually for three big dinners. I recommend it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/20/2003
This recipe is easy and delicious! I wanted it again the next day!! Read More
(5)
Rating: 4 stars
03/30/2004
Tried this tonight and loved it! We don't eat seafood so I substituted smoked sausage which I sauteed in the pan from the peppers and onions and added 8 minutes before the sauce was done. I think chicken would be great too or maybe andouille sausage. The only changes I'll make less time are less oil in the sauce (and maybe olive oil instead of vegetable) and a little more cornstarch to make it a little thicker. But the flavor was great and my toddlers even ate it! Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
10/28/2010
THis dish was absolutely delicious!!! I made it for some friends in my one burner studio kitchen and it was so easy and very very tasty. Definitely a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/13/2004
This recipe is one of my family's favs. I just cut down the amount of oil. Other than that it is excellent. Even my picky eaters like it Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2014
We LOVED it!! I've made it twice now and it has came out perfect both times. My family requests it and DH takes leftovers (if any) to work the next day. I'm thinking next time I may serve it over steamed white rice like a spicy shrimp creole! Big thanks to Maurice for posting this! Served with garlic cheese bread and a crisp salad. YUMMY! Read More
(4)
Rating: 4 stars
02/20/2003
This Stuff is Good!!!!!! Read More
(4)
Rating: 2 stars
05/29/2020
Husband did not like. I felt it was only ok Read More