Disclosure – I was compensated by Dreamfields for recipe development and this post as part of #HealthyPastaMonth. As always, all opinions are my own.
In my family, pasta for dinner brings smiles to those around the table. While we do love it plain with just a bit of cheese and oil, or layered in a baked dish, our all-time favorite is topped with sauce.
Great flavor without fuss is my mantra. Simple fresh tomato-based sauces are fabulous, but once the summer tomatoes are gone, I look for ways to spice up the sauce. This easy shrimp arrabbiata fits the bill and makes weeknight dinner delicious, as well as quick.
Arrabbiata is Italian for “angry,” a nod to the spiciness of this sauce. By adding shrimp, you make the dish into a protein-rich full main course. Traditionally arrabbiata sauce is paired with penne pasta, but I prefer rotini because the spiral shape holds the sauce better. Red pepper flakes are the spice in this version; start with ½ teaspoon, which will give the sauce a bit of a kick, without making it fiery. If you and your family or guests like food on the hot side, consider adding more, up to another ½ teaspoon. The optional tiny bit of sugar cuts the acidity of the tomato sauce.
And while many Italian chefs and home cooks would not add grated cheese to a seafood pasta like this one, in my house grated cheese on pasta is a given.
The ingredients are simple and the sauce comes together while the pasta cooks.
I use frozen shrimp so that I always have the ingredients for this dish on hand. My choice was based on my own taste test and reading the label to make sure that the type I purchased had not been kept in sodium-laden seawater or a brine solution. (Best to avoid “hidden” sodium.) Of course, if you have easy access to good quality fresh shrimp, by all means use them.
Dreamfields pasta is my kind of ingredient. Made with US-grown premium durum wheat semolina, a one-cup cooked serving (2 ounces dry) has 5 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein. My official taste tester has given Dreamfields his seal of approval; he announced that he could not tell the difference between that and the imported Italian pasta he loves with a passion. Delicious and healthier – that’s a winning combination in my book.
As part of the #HealthyPastaMonth, Dreamfields is offering one of my readers a family pack of their pasta (1 of each of the 7 shapes) plus a $25 gift card. To enter, just check out the giveaway entry form at the bottom of this post.