Pasta Pomodoro with Shrimp

Pasta Pomodoro—angel hair pasta tossed with sautéed shrimp, garlic, tomatoes, and basil. Only 30 minutes!

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

What’s your go-to quick midweek meal? Mine often involves angel hair pasta, because it cooks in only 3 minutes. My other standby is shrimp, which also cooks almost as fast.

In this Pasta Pomodoro with Shrimp we are using both, and tossing them with quickly cooked fresh tomatoes (that’s the “pomodoro” part), garlic, and basil. You could use canned tomatoes, but if tomatoes are in season, and they are ripe and juicy, you can use them with hardly any extra time.

September is peak tomato season here in Sacramento, even more than August. Our tomatoes are all ripening at once, catching the last rays of sunshine before we slip into fall. They’re sweet and ripe, perfect for using for a quick pasta dish like this one.

Pasta Pomodoro with Shrimp

Fresh tomatoes do require peeling which you can easily accomplish by scoring them and blanching them in boiling water. Our trick for saving time? Since you’re already boiling water for the pasta, you can use that water for a minute to blanch the tomatoes, before cooking the pasta.

Pasta Pomodoro with Shrimp Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 3 to 4

To safely defrost frozen shrimp, place in a bowl of ice water.


  • 1/2 pound angel hair pasta
  • 3/4 pound raw, peeled, deveined shrimp (medium sized)
  • 4 medium ripe tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup torn fresh basil leaves
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil (divided, 1 Tbsp and 2 Tbsp)
  • Salt
  • Pepper


1 Blanch and peel the tomatoes: Fill a large pot with 2 quarts of water. Bring to a boil. (You will be using this water to both blanch the tomatoes and boil the pasta.)

Core the tomatoes and use a sharp knife to cut a small X into the bottom end of each tomato. When the water is boiling, use a slotted spoon to lower the tomatoes into the water.

Blanch for no more than one minute, just enough to loosen the skins. Remove tomatoes with a slotted spoon to a bowl of icy water, saving the blanching water.

Peel off the tomato skins from the tomatoes. Cut the tomatoes crosswise in half, and squeeze out most of the seeds and juices.

Chop the tomatoes into 1-inch pieces.

2 Sauté the shrimp: Heat 1 Tbsp of olive oil in a large sauté pan on medium high heat. Add the shrimp to the pan and cook for 1 minute. Turn the shrimp over in the pan. Lower the heat to medium.

3 Add garlic, tomatoes, basil: Add the garlic, cook a minute more. Add the chopped tomatoes and basil. Sprinkle with salt. Cook for a minute more and remove from heat.

4 Cook the angel hair pasta: Add a tablespoon of salt to the water you used to blanch the tomatoes. Bring to a boil again. Add the angel hair pasta and cook for 3 minutes.

5 Add cooked pasta to shrimp and tomatoes: Drain the pasta and immediately add to pot with the shrimp and tomatoes. Drizzle the pasta with 2 Tbsp of olive oil. Then stir the pasta in with the shrimp and tomatoes.

Serve immediately or at room temp.

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Pasta Pomodoro with Shrimp

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  • Rose Rodier

    I have been looking for a good shrimp recipe and this was just delicious. I love all your recipes and everyone I cook for loves them too. Thank You…Rose Rodier

  • Kevin Sullin

    I made this today exact to recipe and you totally nailed it! Skinning the tomatoes was something I’ve never done and it made the sauce rich and added a nice touch to the meal! The only change I made was adding fresh grated Romano cheese to top it off in the end but otherwise it was soooooo good and I appreciate what you do and your recipes are real cooking for everyday use.

  • Amber

    The recipe looks so awesome, Elise, I’m going to eat the screen! I’ve been cooking with a lot of angel hair pasta, lately, and it seems like a perfect continuation. I’ve done the recipe before with normal-sized pasta. What I add is a tsp of sugar when adding the tomatoes. That will interfere with the sour taste of the tomatoes.

    In the end, I sprinkle them with a dash of lemon zest – I can’t imagine seafood without a note of lemon somewhere there!

  • Laura ~ RYG

    This reminds me of my favorite dish from T.F.I. Fridays except they use chicken instead of shrimp. (don’t hate me for mentioning a chain on your blog….occasionally, I do like chains, confession. I just feel like I’d like a few Parm shavings on top? And now maybe I’m just clueless, but I’ve never peeled the tomatoes before, just left them on. They don’t bother me. Should they?

  • Dawn

    Wow Elise, you must be psychic. We made this for dinner last night, using gluten-free penne rather than angel hair. Really fresh flavors and the tomatoes are SO good at this time of year. Like you, I really think the texture is better if you peel them, and it only takes a few extra minutes. Now, if I could find some gluten-free angel hair, that would make my day the next time I make this!

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