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Shrimp in Tomato Cream Sauce Recipe

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Shrimp in Tomato Cream Sauce Recipe

© 2011 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Shallots, garlic, wine, tomatoes, and cream make a fabulous fresh sauce for shrimp and pasta. It is paired with angel hair pasta here, but feel free to use your favorite pasta or even cheese tortellini. Have all your ingredients chopped and ready to go because this dish only takes about 15 minutes to cook from start to finish.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 shallots, minced (or 1/2 cup minced sweet onion)
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced (or pressed for stronger flavor)
  • 1/2 cup Lambrusco (sweet red wine)
  • 6 Roma tomatoes (or 3 medium tomatoes), chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (crushed to release flavor)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 pound large raw shrimp (31 to 40 count), peeled and deveined
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Angel hair pasta, cooked al dente
  • Additional chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional)


Heat a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil and saute shallots or sweet onions for 2 minutes. Add garlic and saute another minute. Carefully pour in wine and cook another minute, stirring constantly. Add chopped tomatoes, oregano, and basil, stirring to combine. Simmer about 5 minutes for flavors to blend.

Add heavy cream to tomato mixture. Continue cooking until reduced and somewhat thickened. Add shrimp and fresh basil to tomato cream sauce and simmer, turning often, only until pink and opaque. (Do not overcook or the shrimp will become tough.) Stir in Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper to taste. Serve immediately over cooked angel hair pasta.

Yield: 4 servings
Shrimp in Tomato Cream Sauce Photo © 2010 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.

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 5 out of 5
Fast and Easy, Member Nicole689

We cooked this tonight and it was delicious, easy and FAST! I added asparagus to the dish and some extra tomatoes I had that were ripe. I also used light cream rather than heavy cream to cut down on the fat and white zinfandel for the wine. Very Tasty! Even my 3 yr old ate the shrimp and asparagus and he asked for 3 helpings of angel hair pasta. I bought french bread to eat with dinner and we used it to soak up the wonderful sauce. We used the food processor to mince the shallots and garlic to speed things up. I would modify this recipe and add scallops or even salmon for a different dinner. I would highly recommend this recipe for an easy dinner during the week.

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