15 November 2015

(Serves 6)

I can’t believe that I have been working on this food blog for almost 5 months now and still have yet to post a pasta recipe! Well, that will change today. As requested I have for you the recipe for my Garlicky Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta.  I have made this dish quite a few times now as I was never completely satisfied with the consistency and color of the sauce. I felt that the sauce was too creamy causing the color and texture to suffer as a result. However, today’s version was exactly what I wanted. The color is more of a vibrant red and the coated pasta while still creamy has a smooth texture.

The spicy shrimp causes me to reminisce about the time period when I was still living in New Orleans with my husband. It was really the first time in our relationship where we could freely go out and experience everything together. It was also a time where we went out and frequented many mom and pop restaurants to experience the local cuisine. I suppose, according to many, New Orleans is a great place for these kind of adventures and we do not disagree. We surely ate well the years that we were there.

Of course I needed a vegetable to go with this dish and okra seemed to be the answer. I served Crispy Oven-Baked Okra to get another food group on the table. (Recipe coming soon.) I hope you will enjoy the Garlicky Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta as much as my family. My poor little Evie was puffing a little from the spice but still asked for more... I guess a little heat never hurt anyone yeah?

3/4 cup mayonnaise

1. In a bowl, whisk the sauce ingredient together until well blended and set aside.

2 tbsps garlic chili

3 tbsps lime juice, fresh

1 tsp Sriracha

1 tsp red pepper flakes

1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined

2. In a baking pan, toss the shrimp and seasoning together and let marinate for at least 15 minutes prior to cooking.


(NOTE: I toned down the heat a bit so feel free to up the spice if needed.)


3. Ensure that the shrimp is in a single layer on the baking pan.

4. Bake at 400F for about 10 minutes until the shrimp is pink and cooked through.

5. Remove from the oven.

3 tbsps garlic, minced

1 1/4 tsp paprika

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 tbsp olive oil

1 lb spaghetti, cooked

6. In a large mixing bowl, toss the pasta, shrimp and sauce until well incorporated.

Parsley, chopped

7. Plate and garnish with parsley prior to serving.

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