Quick note: I totally thought I shared this recipe before, but it was nowhere to be found when I searched for it. If it ever was published and I’m not going completely insane, I apologize for reposting and for, well, losing it at some point in the process as well. So confused.
Nonetheless, this is one tasty way to prepare shrimp.
So I haven’t posted this recipe on the blog before because it really feels like a cheater recipe. It’s one of my super duper easy dinners that I don’t really think of as a “recipe.”
But it’s so good and so quick and so easy that it really should be shared.
Because I love to share such things.
Since I usually have extra tomato sauce stored in the fridge and I also buy fresh shrimp at the store and freeze it, all I need is to make sure I have a box of pasta and some breadcrumbs in the pantry.
Can you see how easily this meal can come together?
I’ve also made this meal with chicken which is really yummy as well. All you need to do is cook the breaded chicken just like the shrimp and then slice it to serve over the pasta.
There you have it: A total cheater easy weeknight dinner that no one would ever know is cheater.
It’ll be our little secret.
Oh! And if you’re looking for tips on how to peel and devein shrimp, check out this video to see how I do it.
- 1 lb spaghetti or linguine noodles
- 1 lb shrimp extra large/jumbo, deveined and peeled
- 1-2 tbsp olive oil
- 3/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp kosher salt plus more to add to boiling water for noodles
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 3-4 cups tomato sauce see this recipe which can be frozen
- parmesan cheese for garnish
- Boil the noodles in a large pot of salted water until al dente (almost cooked through but still slightly uncooked). Once ready, drain the noodles and set aside for plating.
- While water is boiling for the noodles, combine the breadcrumbs, oregano, basil, thyme, 1 tsp. salt and pepper in a medium mixing bowl.
- Pat the shrimp dry and lightly coat each shrimp with the breadcrumb mixture, making sure to shake off any excess breading.
- Heat a fry pan over medium-high heat and add 1 tbsp. olive oil.
- While the olive oil is heating, add the tomato sauce in a separate sauce pan and heat through.
- Add the shrimp into the fry pan, taking care not to crowd them, and cook on each side until golden brown and opaque, about 1-2 minutes per side. If needed, add the additional tbsp. olive oil.
- To plate, start with a serving of noodles, followed by the tomato sauce and the top with 5-6 shrimp. Garnish with parmesan cheese if desired.
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