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Shrimp alla Marinara


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  • 8 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 whole garlic cloves, peeled and lightly crushed
  • 2 1/2 pounds large shrimp (about 30), peeled and deveined
  • Salt
  • Marinara sauce (see recipe)
  • 8 fresh basil leaves, torn into small pieces (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh Italian parsley


Preparation time 25mins
Cooking time 25mins
Adapted from


Step 1

Heat 4 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add 4 garlic cloves and cook just until golden and sizzling. Add half the shrimp, placing them in one layer in the pan. (If you crowd the shrimp, they will steam instead of fry.) Sprinkle with salt.
Cook, turning once, just until lightly golden and pink around the edges, about 4 minutes total. With a slotted spoon, transfer the shrimp to a plate. Discard garlic cloves. Repeat with remaining oil, garlic and shrimp.
When all the shrimp are cooked, pour the sauce into the empty skillet, and bring to a lively simmer, stirring to scrape the bottom of the pan. Taste for salt and add more if needed.
Stir in the shrimp, basil (if using) and parsley, and cook just until the shrimp are heated through. Serve immediately.


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