Introducing One Pot Shrimp Pasta: A scrumptious, hassle-free meal perfect for busy days. Say goodbye to multiple pots and pans with this simple yet satisfying dish!
Experience the ultimate fusion of flavors in this one-pot wonder. Picture al dente spaghetti mingling with succulent shrimp, all in a luscious tomato sauce infused with garlic and spinach. For an extra kick, a dash of Tabasco adds just the right amount of heat, elevating every bite to a culinary delight. Get ready to savor a symphony of tastes in every forkful!
Calories in One Pot Shrimp Pasta
This delicious one pot shrimp pasta recipe serve 4 people and is 412 calories per serving.
If you're looking for more recipes within the same calorie range, you'll find an abundance of options in my dedicated collection of 400+ calorie recipes.
If you're following a calorie-controlled diet or a healthy eating plan, it's important to calculate your daily calorie intake using a reliable calorie calculator. Please note that the calorie counts provided are estimates and can vary based on specific ingredients and serving sizes. Personalizing your calculations is essential to meet your individual needs. By using a calorie calculator, you can make informed choices and stay on track with your dietary goals.
To prepare this yummy recipe, you will need the following ingredients:
- Onion: just a regular onion
- Garlic: fresh garlic minced, but lazy or jarred mince garlic is fine also
- Tomatoes: Fresh diced tomatoes are the star ingredient, providing unbeatable flavor. Their lower acidity guarantees a lush and delightful sauce as they naturally break down while cooking. If you prefer to use canned tomatoes, I suggest choosing a reputable brand of plum tomatoes in a rich tomato sauce for optimal results.
- Passata: commonly found in major grocery stores, typically comes in cartons or large glass jars. It's essentially sieved tomatoes and serves as a fantastic addition to any pasta sauce, imparting richness and depth of flavor.
- Fresh Spinach: Fresh spinach not only provides a beautiful pop of green color but also packs a nutritional punch. It's loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, making it a fantastic addition for boosting overall health and vitality.
- Chicken Stock: It's crucial to use the right ratio of stock cubes for the required amount of stock. Not all stock cubes are the same, and using the wrong amount can result in either a bland and watery broth or an overly salty stock. You can use vegetable stock of fish stock here too. Chicken is just my preferred choice.
- Spaghetti: use dried spaghetti for this dish, but feel free to use any type of pasta you prefer.
- Large Prawn/Shrimps: I would recommend using fresh ones and removing the tails and shells, but frozen would work just as well. Just be sure to defrost them beforehand and then remove the tails and shells prior to cooking.
- Tabasco Sauce: This fiery condiment adds a spicy kick to the dish and is optional. If you don't have Tabasco, feel free to use a similar hot sauce to achieve a comparable flavour or even a pinch of red chili flakes.
- Salt and Pepper: These basic yet essential flavour enhancers are key for elevating the taste of your dishes. No food will ever be bland when these are used to season to taste.
- Low Calorie Spray: I use a low-calorie spray with no added emulsifiers or other ingredients.
See the recipe card for full quantities.
Once all the ingredients are prepared, you can get ready to make this easy recipe.
Fresh Tomatoes vs. Canned: Elevating Your Pasta Sauce
In crafting a homemade pasta sauce, I always opt for fresh tomatoes whenever available. While canned tomatoes can suffice in a pinch, the unrivaled taste of fresh tomatoes as they gradually break down into a luscious sauce during cooking is truly exceptional. Their inherent natural sweetness imparts a delightful flavor profile, unlike the typically acidic nature of canned tomatoes, which often necessitate the addition of sugar or sweeteners to balance.
It's worth noting that some canned tomato brands may prove less ideal, as they can be overly watery and fail to break down properly due to the addition of citric acid. This can result in a thinner sauce consistency and a less satisfying overall texture.
Variations on the Recipe
Looking to switch up this delectable dish? Here are some creative twists to tantalize your taste buds:
- Protein Swaps: Don't limit yourself to shrimp/prawns! Experiment with different proteins such as diced chicken, sliced sausage for a unique flavour profile.
- Greens Galore: While baby spinach adds a nutritious touch, feel free to explore other leafy greens like kale, Swiss chard.
- Vegetable Swaps: Experiment with a variety of vegetables to add color, flavour, and texture to your pasta. Consider options like diced bell peppers, zucchini (courgette), mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, or asparagus.
- Pasta Possibilities: Mix things up by trying different pasta varieties such as penne, fusilli, or linguine. Opt for gluten-free options like rice or quinoa pasta for a dietary alternative.
- Cheese Choices: Enhance the dish with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese for a savoury finish. For a dairy-free option, consider nutritional yeast or a dairy-free cheese alternative.
By experimenting with these variations, you can transform this recipe into a personalized culinary masterpiece that suits your taste preferences and dietary needs.
Suggested Sides for One-Pot Shrimp Pasta
Looking to round out your meal with some nutritious and low-calorie options? Here are some suggested sides that pair perfectly with one-pot shrimp pasta:
- Fresh Garden Salad: Toss together crisp lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, red onion, shredded carrot and some of your favorite veggies for a refreshing and light accompaniment.
- Steamed Vegetables: Serve a medley of steamed broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower for a simple and healthy side that complements the pasta beautifully.
- Roasted Vegetables: Roast seasonal vegetables such as bell peppers, zucchini (courgette), and eggplant with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of herbs for a flavourful and satisfying addition to your meal.
- Sauteed Greens: Quickly sauté asparagus or some tenderstem broccoli for a healthy addition to bulk out your plate.
- Whole Grain Bread: Pair your pasta with a slice of whole grain bread or a small portion of homemade whole grain garlic bread for some added fibre and texture.
These side dish options are not only delicious but also help to balance out the meal with a variety of nutrients and flavours. Enjoy your one-pot shrimp pasta with these healthy accompaniments for a satisfying and well-rounded dining experience.
More One Pot Pasta Dishes
Love easy one-pot recipes? Here are some tempting options to try:
- One Pot Creamy Zucchini Pasta
- One Pot Cheeseburger Pasta
- One Pot Creamy Pork Pasta
- One Pot New Orleans Cajun Pasta
- One Pot Cajun Chicken Alfredo Pasta
- One Pot Creamy Harissa Beef Pasta
- One Pot Taco Beef Pasta
Looking for more recipe ideas or sides to complement your meal? Head over to the FULL RECIPE INDEX, where you'll discover over 900 delicious recipes categorized by meal type, ingredients, course, diet, and more.
At Slimming Eats, we provide estimated nutritional information for all recipes, making it easier for you to make informed choices about your meals.
Come and follow me on:
You can also Subscribe to Slimming Eats so that you never miss any new updates.
Need some support on your weight loss journey? Maybe you need advice or tips on a recipe, or just general meal ideas.