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Shrimp marinara

Easy Shrimp Marinara

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


No one will believe this flavorful shrimp marinara takes under 30 minutes to make! It’s an easy dinner recipe that works for entertaining too.



For the shrimp and pasta

  • 8 ounces spaghetti noodles
  • 1 pound large shrimp, deveined (peeled or unpeeled)
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter (or olive oil)
  • Parmesan cheese, for garnish (optional)

For the marinara sauce 

  • 28 ounce can crushed fire roasted tomatoes (or best quality crushed tomatoes)*
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 fresh basil leaves, plus more for the garnish


  1. Thaw the shrimp (according to the package instructions, or see the section above). When thawed, pat the shrimp dry with a paper towel or clean rag.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Boil the pasta until it is al dente (start tasting a few minutes before the package recommends: you want it to be tender but still a little firm on the inside). Then drain.
  3. In a large skillet, heat the butter on medium high heat. Add the shrimp, basil and kosher salt. Cook the shrimp for 1 to 2 minutes per side until almost cooked through, turning them with tongs (they will cook additionally when you add the marinara at the end). Remove the shrimp from the pan into a bowl, leaving the juices inside the skillet.
  4. In same skillet, add the marinara sauce ingredients, scraping any bits off of the bottom of skillet as you stir it together. Bring to a simmer, then cover and cook for 15 minutes.
  5. Add shrimp to the skillet and remove the heat. Serve over pasta and topped with Parmesan cheese (optional) and chopped basil.


*If you can’t find fire roasted tomatoes, use the best quality tomatoes you can find. Taste the tomatoes before you start. If they taste bitter, you may need to simmer the sauce a little longer than the stated timing. Fire roasted tomatoes taste sweet right out of the can so they can simmer less time, whereas other brands taste bitter and need longer to simmer.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian