Seared Shrimp Spaghetti Marinara

It’s the time of year where heavy comfort food gets shelved just like winter sweaters get stored away for the summer. Over the next few months I’ll still make a pot of chili now and again, and the occasional rich lasagna – I mean, how could we not?

For the most part I’m ready for light, fresh dishes. Salads, grilled meats and veggies and simple, easy to prep pastas.┬áHere’s one that takes 15 minutes, just perfect for a busy weeknight. (Quicker, even, than take-out!)

Seared Shrimp Spaghetti Marinara

Seared Shrimp over Spaghetti Marinara

Frozen, raw shrimp have been thawed, seasoned and seared while spaghetti boils in salted water.

Seared Shrimp with Spaghetti Marinara

Marinara is then poured into the skillet with the shrimp, followed by the drained spaghetti, and then everything is tossed together to coat. Serve the seared shrimp spaghetti marinara with a warmed crusty loaf of Italian bread and a delicious, crisp side salad. Yum!

Here’s the full recipe:

Seared Shrimp Spaghetti Marinara

Seared Shrimp Spaghetti Marinara

Serves 4
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 15 minutes
This seared shrimp with spaghetti in light marinara sauce is perfect for a quick weeknight meal - ready in about 15 minutes!


  • 1/2lb spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 bag frozen, raw jumbo shrimp (thawed and peeled)
  • 3 tablespoons sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 jar marinara


  • Parmesan (grated)


Set a large pot of water, plus 2-1/2 tablespoons of salt, to boil. Add the olive oil to a large skillet to warm over medium-high heat for 3 minutes.
Cook the spaghetti to al dente, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile sprinkle the shrimp with the remaining salt, the pepper and basil and then place them into the preheated skillet. Season the other side with salt, pepper and basil, and let them cook for 3 minutes. Flip the shrimp, and continue cooking for 2 minutes longer. Reduce the heat to medium-low.
Add the marinara to the shrimp skillet, followed by the cooked pasta and any leftover basil. Using tongs, toss the spaghetti and shrimp in the sauce until they're well coated. Serve the seared shrimp spaghetti marinara hot with Parmesan cheese for garnish.

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