Shrimp Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce


A delicious spaghetti dish with large shrimp in a tomato sauce.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 20 mins
8 servings


  • 20 large shrimp, deveined with shell and head left on

  • 4 tomatoes, or more to taste

  • 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, divided

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 fresh red chile pepper, finely chopped

  • 4 large cloves garlic, sliced, or more to taste

  • ½ cup water

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 ⅝ pounds spaghetti (Optional)


  1. Peel shrimp and place skin, heads, and tails into a large saucepan. Fill pan with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer, about 45 minutes.

  2. Combine tomatoes and 1/2 the parsley in a blender; puree until smooth.

  3. Heat olive oil in a separate pan over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper, and chile pepper; cook and stir until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic; cook until fragrant but not browned, 1 to 2 minutes.

  4. Pour pureed tomato mixture into the pan with the peppers. Add water, tomato paste, oregano, salt, and black pepper. Stir well; add paprika. Let sauce simmer on low to medium heat until juices have reduced.

  5. Strain shrimp shells from the water. Bring water back to a boil and add spaghetti. Cook spaghetti, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water and drain the rest.

  6. In the meantime, add shrimp to the tomato sauce. Add the reserved water, stir well, and cook until shrimp is pink, about 3 minutes. Plate spaghetti and spoon the sauce on top; garnish with the remaining parsley.

Cook's Notes:

Pick sweet and juicy tomatoes, if possible.

You can substitute 8 fluid ounces of tomato passata for the tomato paste and omit the water.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

486 Calories
9g Fat
78g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 486
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 160mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 78g 28%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 51mg 255%
Calcium 75mg 6%
Iron 6mg 31%
Potassium 642mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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