Easy Shrimp with Pasta

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Easy Shrimp with Pasta

1 pound penne pasta (or similar shape)

1 24-oz. jar marinara, vodka or spaghetti sauce

2-3 tablespoons vegetable oil or olive oil

2 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon thyme

1 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese

Cook pasta per manufacturer’s instructions for al dente preparation in liberally salted water. Drain pasta; set aside.

While pasta is cooking, toss the shrimp with the salt, pepper, cayenne, paprika, garlic, thyme and onion powder. Drizzle a large skillet with just enough oil to coat the bottom and heat over medium-high heat. When skillet is hot, add half of the shrimp and sauté for 3-4 minutes or until pink and cooked through. Remove shrimp from skillet, drizzle in a little more oil if necessary, then cook the remaining shrimp. Don’t cook all the shrimp at once to avoid overcrowding the pan – you want sautéed shrimp, not boiled.

Once all shrimp are cooked and removed from the skillet, reduce heat to medium-low then add pasta sauce. Once sauce is heated through, add pasta and half of the shrimp. Gently stir to combine then pour pasta into a medium baking dish or large serving plate. Arrange remaining shrimp on top of pasta then top shrimp with parmesan cheese. Garnish with chives if desired.

This recipes makes approximately 6 servings.