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Tomato Basil Spaghetti With Shrimp

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“YUM! I had a similar dish at The Pasta House and decided to try to recreate it at home. I love the result, of course if it's got a noodle in it it's for! My daughter is NOT a shrimp fan, so when I make this I pull out a ladle or two of sauce just before mixing in the shrimp so that she can have either a vegetarian version or plop a couple of meatballs out the freezer into it and enjoy it that way. Either way, the basic sauce is a long time favorite for my family. I hope you enjoy it too!”

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  1. Start by getting your large pasta pot on to boil. Cook pasta according to your personal tastes in salted water. Drain and rinse!
  2. Now for the shrimp. I confess, I get them from the fish counter already cooked, peeled, deveined and tailes removed! If you want to cook them yourself, go for it! I also usually have a bag of frozen cooked shrimp in the freezer that I can just defrost and pull the tails off of quickly to use in this dish and they work fine as well!
  3. Let's start the sauce! Over medium heat, saute the onion in the olive oil until super soft and translucent, adding salt and pepper to taste during the cooking. Add in the garlic and saute for another minute or two.
  4. Pour the crushed tomatoes into the sauce pan and add all the spices. The amounts of the spices are approximate as I tend to not measure anything and just eyeball it.
  5. Use your chicken broth to rinse out the crushed tomato can then add to the sauce (I use water with a teaspoon of chicken base dissolved in it). Stir and let simmer on low for about 10 minutes.
  6. Just before serving stir the shrimp into the sauce and let it heat through for a minute or two so that it's hot but the shrimp aren't tough.
  7. Here's where many people mix the sauce and the pasta, but not us. We have a weird family. I like a moderate amount of sauce, my daughter only wants just a wee bit of sauce on her pasta, but my hubby wants the noodles swimming in the sauce. Thankfully my son will eat any amoun of sauce I put on it -- soooooo, I put the pasta and the sauce on the table separately and everyone dishes their own. We serve it with garlic bread and a salad, and sometimes roasted green beans for an extra veggie. Enjoy!

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