15 Minute Shrimp Pasta Recipe with Tomato and Basil

How to make this easy and delicious shrimp pasta with tomatoes and basil in 15 minutes flat. Jump to the 15 Minute Shrimp Pasta Recipe with Tomato and Basil or read on to see our tips for making it.

15 Minute Shrimp Pasta Recipe with Tomato and Basil

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How to Make Tomato Basil Shrimp Spaghetti in 15 Minutes

I love this easy dinner. It comes together so quickly. In fact, in the time it takes to cook the pasta, the shrimp and sauce are done.

How to Make Tomato Basil Shrimp Spaghetti in 15 Minutes

Start by getting your pasta cooking. We love using angel hair or a thin spaghetti, but any shape will wrk for this. While the pasta is cooking, make the shrimp. Cook garlic in some olive oil in a skillet. When it becomes fragrant, add the shrimp.

Finishing the tomato basil sauce

Just as the shrimp start to turn translucent in the middle, add a whole can of diced tomatoes, fresh cherry tomatoes and a handful of basil leaves. Bring it to a simmer then toss in the cooked pasta and cook until coated. The pasta will absorb the flavors of the sauce, the basil will wilt and the fresh cherry tomatoes will warm through.

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Recipe updated, originally posted March 2012. Since posting this in 2012, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

15 Minute Shrimp Pasta Recipe with Tomato and Basil

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This light pasta comes together in minutes and is flavored with garlic, tomatoes and fresh basil. When you choose the pasta, go for something thin like angel hair or thin spaghetti.

Makes 4 servings

You Will Need

8 ounces dry pasta, like angel hair or thin spaghetti

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 (16 ounce) can diced tomatoes

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

1/2 cup loosely packed basil leaves

Salt and fresh ground black pepper


    1Cook the pasta in boiling salted water until it is tender but not mushy. Drain.

    2Pat the shrimp dry then season with salt and pepper. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the shrimp in one layer then cook, flipping once, until they turn translucent in the middle, 2 to 3 minutes.

    3Stir in the canned tomatoes and use a wooden spoon to scrape any bits of garlic stuck to the bottom of the skillet. Cook until the juices from the tomatoes have reduced slightly, about 2 minutes. Taste the sauce and adjust with salt and/or pepper.

    4Add the cooked pasta, halved cherry tomatoes and half of the basil to the pasta. Toss well and cook until the cherry tomatoes are warmed through and the sauce begins to coat the pasta, another 2 to 3 minutes. Serve in bowls with basil and a drizzle of olive oil on top.

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AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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6 comments… Leave a Review
  • Donna Guarino December 16, 2016, 2:41 pm

    Delish! It was easy and delicious. I rate it a five stars

  • Lisa June 23, 2014, 7:46 pm

    I’ve been making a version of this for years that my 6 year old never tires of. I also include sautéed portobello mushrooms and toss in fresh spinach before serving. It wilts down quickly with the heat. Top it off with fresh grated or shaved Parmesan. Please don’t ruin this dish with the kraft Parmesan powder stuff with the extra junk in it. Buy a chunk of Parmesan and grate your own. You’ll love it!

  • Bridget March 20, 2012, 8:44 pm

    Saw this and had to make it for dinner tonight, it was awesome! So simple yet sophisticated and delicious. I added some lemon and red pepper flakes and it was divine. Thank you for posting.

  • wannabejulia or just plain marylou March 19, 2012, 2:00 pm

    I love the House Hunters series…let’s me live vicariously thru everybody. A travel show in each episode…
    Just like the cooking blogs, I dont even have to cook if I dont want too, just look and dream.
    I have made this dish, various ways adding or eliminating what I have or dont have.
    Love you guys!

  • Katia March 16, 2012, 5:49 am

    So simple yet SO delicious! There’s something luxuriously comforting about the mixture of pasta, prawns, basil and tomatoes!

  • Bev Weidner March 15, 2012, 1:26 pm

    This is my absolutely my most favoritey favoriter favoritest way to east pasta. EVAR.


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