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Spicy Red Shrimp Sauce


This flavorful pasta sauce is great with your favorite pasta. Serve with a tossed salad for an excellent meal.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried leaf basil
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 large can (28 ounces) tomatoes in puree
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 1/2 pounds large shrimp
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry or white wine
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper


Heat olive oil in a 3 to 4-quart saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat; add onion and saute until very softened and beginning to yellow, about 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in the sugar, basil, salt, tomatoes with puree, tomato paste, and water. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Add the shrimp, sherry or wine, and crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Simmer for about 1 minute longer, or until shrimp are cooked through. Serve with hot cooked pasta and pass the Parmesan cheese.
Serves 6.

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