Grilled Shrimp Marinara with Bowties

Sunday, April 3, 2011
A simple dish that's perfect for a light meal on a sunny day with the freshness of Spring!

Marinade for Grilled Shrimp:

1 pound large or extra large shrimp, cleaned and deveined tails on

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon basil, chopped
1 teaspoon rosemary, chopped fine
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Place raw shrimp in a zipper-lock plastic bag.
Place all ingredients in bag and shake gently until well mixed, refrigerator for 2 hours.

Make Marinara Sauce:

Fresh Plum(Pomodoro) Tomato Sauce (pictured above)

10 Roma (plum) tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped ( use 8 large vine ripe tomatoes)

1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 teaspoon sea or kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup white wine

I use a food processor for the tomatoes. (If you prefer to remove the skins, place tomatoes in boiling water for ten minutes, remove and immediately put into iced water. Peel the skins with a sharp knife, you can also squeeze out the seeds.) Saute garlic in extra virgin olive oil, add seasonings,simmer in pot for 15 minutes add wine and basil. Cook for 15 more minutes.
Pasta:In the meantime boil in salted water around 1 pound of bowties or your favorite pasta,  cook until aldente, drain. Place in a bowl tossing with three tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoon of grating cheese, salt and pepper to taste. Cover and set aside.

Grilled Shrimp Cooking:
Heat Grill on high.
Thread the shrimp on metal barbecue skewers or wood skewers that have been soaked in water. Grill for three minutes on each side. . Brush with reserved marinade every two minutes.

Place pasta on a plate, top with sauce, add your grilled skewers, garnish with parsley and more grating cheese and serve.


  1. Sounds great...So you don't peel the tomatoes to make the marinara...that makes it much more simple.

  2. Sounds like a perfect meal for today!

  3. Yummy dish, thanks for including the recipe for the marinara sauce. It's so easy to be lazy about it and just buy some from the store but your recipe looks super easy. No excuses! :)

  4. You know I love how you don 't peel the tomatoes or peel all of the shrimp - ease is paramount. Love the light, luscious feel to this.

  5. Wow, the bowties and the shrimp are such a beautiful combination. Even if they didn't taste good, they look so great together! One thing, though. Maybe it was a typo, but the tomatoes only need 1 minute in boiling water to loosen their skins.

  6. wow...such a yummy dish....grilled shrimp is absolutely one of my the sauce with plum tomatoes....I would love to giv it a try sometimes !

  7. Looks and sounds great. And making the marinara isn't that big a deal, after all, is it? Perfect.

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  9. Looks great Claudia,
    I would love a good piece of crusty Italian bread to dip in the marinara sauce! Blessings, Catherine xo

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  11. Fantastic meal Claudia..oh how beautiful and tasty those grilled shrimps look!!!I Love it!!!

  12. A wonderful shrimp dish Claudia! Love that fresh sauce! I can't wait to start grilling again.

  13. I wish it was really spring in the northeast :( This shrimp dish looks great. I can't wait until tomatoes are really in season, I'm always craving them when I can't have them, haha.

  14. Love your marinade for the shrimp, that's how I make it. Haven't made this for about a year now.
    Shrimp does tastes better not peeled when grilling. Yummy!

  15. I agree, what a fresh sauce. I love the basil, and add grilled shrimp, everyone is happy.

  16. What a lovely presentation. Love the ingredients too. Made something simiar yesterday which I just put up .... amazing how different though.

  17. Looks awesome delicious shrimp. Love that marinara sauce.

  18. Sometimes simplest dishes are the best. It sounds as though this comes together quickly and it looks so good.

  19. All of my favorite foods, the marinara looks so fresh and tasty.

  20. What a great meal! Looks so yummy

  21. Home made sauces are the best, especially topped with grilled shrimp. Lovely presentation!

  22. I usually have my shrimp with a garlic sauce or a white sauce, almost never with marinara sauces except when making paella. This though is a perfect sauce that could go with almost anything and has to be great with those shrimp :)

  23. Ooh I love a great marinara sauce.

  24. Yum! Homemade marinara! This looks wonderful!

  25. Dressed up in bowties or just rocking the casual look, I love shrimp! :)

  26. It's not lunch time here yet...or else I'd be running to your place for a seat at your table.
    Love meals like this one. Well done.

    Ciao for now,

  27. Grill time :) Perfect pasta and shrimp dish for the warming weather...delicious :)


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