On weekends, we would always go out to eat. Weekends are my kitchen day off, unless little G requested for home-cooked meals. This past weekend was one of those rare weekends when he requested me to cook for him.
He didn’t want to go out for dinner. When I asked him what he wanted, I already knew what he was going to say…pasta.
To be honest, we are sick of eating the same old pasta that he would eat three times a week, so I decided to heat things up (for us) and make the spaghetti aglio e oilio with shrimp.
He still got his favorite pasta, sans the chili flakes, and we got to eat something different and interesting. It worked out for the family.
Spaghetti aglio e olio is one of the most basic and easiest Italian recipes. As the name suggested, it’s made with garlic (aglio) and oil (olio).
The oil is olive oil, and all spaghetti aglio e olio is speckled with chili flakes, which gives the pasta a subtle heat factor, plus jazzing up the taste department.
It’s amazing how the entire dish is transformed because of the addition of chili flakes.
You can never go wrong with a few plump, fresh, and juicy shrimp on your pasta. I opted for tiger prawn but you can use regular shrimp. The end result was this amazing spaghetti aglio e olio, and we all had a wonderful weekend dinner.
Mr. Rasa Malaysia and I had the spicy version, with wine, and little G got his fix of pasta. Everyone was happy!
Try this amazing Spaghetti Aglio e Olio with Shrimp recipe, I am sure you and your entire family will really enjoy it.
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Spaghetti Aglio e Olio with Shrimp Recipe
Spaghetti Aglio e Olio with Shrimp – super easy and delicious spaghetti with garlic, olive oil, shrimp and red pepper flakes. Amazing dinner for the family!
- water for boiling
- 1/2 lb spaghetti
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 8 shelled, deveined tiger prawn or medium-sized shrimp, tail-on
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
- 1 sprig fresh parsley, leaves only, roughly chopped
- 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Bring a pot of water to boil. Cook the spaghetti according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside. Save 3 tablespoons of the pasta water.
Heat a skillet on medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the garlic and saute for 30 seconds, add the shrimp, chili flakes, and salt. Cook the shrimp until both sides turn white, then add add the spaghetti and water into the skillet. Stir to combine well.
Add the parsley into the skillet, stir to distribute well. Turn off the heat and add the Parmesan cheese.
Dish out and serve immediately.