Bucatini with Shrimp and Spicy Cherry Tomato Pan Sauce


Toss bucatini noodles with shrimp, vegetables, and herbs for a fresh and colorful dinner. Garnish this shrimp bucatini recipe with feta cheese and feta and serve with a breadstick for a scrumptious Italian-inspired dinner.

Bucatini with Shrimp and Spicy Cherry Tomato Pan Sauce
Photo: Andy Lyons
Total Time:
30 mins


  • ¾ pound Bucatini or other fat spaghetti noodle

  • 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoon cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 pint red and/or yellow cherry tomatoes, halved

  • ¾ pound wild Patagonia or Gulf shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • Generous pinch pinch crushed red pepper

  • 6 ounce aged feta cheese, broken in pieces

  • 1 handful basil, thinly sliced (about 1 cup sliced)

  • Extra-virgin olive oil (optional)

  • Aged feta cheese (optional)


  1. Bring a large pot of generously salted water to boiling. Add bucatini and cook until al dente, about 9 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/3 cup of the pasta cooking liquid to use for the sauce.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet heat oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and tomatoes. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes soften and the juices begin to bubble, about 3 minutes. If the cherry tomatoes give out very little juice, add 1 tablespoon of water and a splash (about ½ teaspoon) of red wine vinegar for acidity. Add the shrimp and a large pinch of crushed red pepper then toss just until the shrimp are cooked through, about 2 minutes.

  3. Add the pasta along with reserved pasta cooking liquid. Toss together over low heat. Remove from the heat. Stir in the feta and basil; toss with tongs, adding up to 1 Tbsp. more oil and additional feta to taste. Divide between four bowls. Serve warm. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

585 Calories
18g Fat
74g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 585
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 145mg 48%
Sodium 971mg 42%
Total Carbohydrate 74g 27%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 26.6mg 133%
Calcium 313mg 24%
Iron 4.1mg 23%
Potassium 776mg 17%
Folate, total 266.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.6mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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