I don’t post nearly enough recipes using seafood, which is weird because I love the stuff! If I had my way I’d be eating fish and shrimp at least three nights a week. If my husband had his way we’d be eating steak and macaroni and cheese every night. Well neither of us is getting our way and usually we end up eating chicken. On special occasions or when I just can’t resist any longer, I break out the shrimp and make something special, like this Spicy Tomato Garlic Shrimp with Spaghetti Squash.
Usually when I cook shrimp I grill it and stick to simple flavors like lemon or lime juice with some salt and pepper. Nothing fancy like this spicy tomato garlic shrimp! I say fancy, but the dish is actually super easy to make and it can be done using only one pan. Any meal that uses minimal dishes is a win in my book!
Aside from the fanciness, great flavor, and use of only one pan, this spicy tomato garlic shrimp is a super fast meal to make too. It is perfect for an easy weeknight dinner or great if you want to impress some seafood loving guests. The obvious way to serve the shrimp is over pasta, but if you are looking for something lighter I suggest going the spaghetti squash route. Spaghetti squash is a great substitute for pasta and tastes terrific with the shrimp. I also love that you can serve the whole meal in the spaghetti squash shell, it makes for a fun presentation!
Let’s get back to the shrimp and the uber flavorful sauce that it’s served in. The sauce is essentially a marinara sauce with red pepper flakes added for heat and Greek yogurt added for creaminess. Normally this recipe calls for cream or half and half, but I wanted to keep the meal light and healthy, Greek yogurt was the perfect solution.
The yogurt gave the sauce a silky richness and also helped mellow out some of the spice from the red pepper flakes. One tip I will mention is that when you are adding Greek yogurt to something hot, add it off the heat and make sure it is room temperature and not cold to prevent it from curdling in the sauce. Both non fat or 2% Greek yogurt work in this sauce so it’s up to you to decide how rich you want it to be. If your family loves shrimp then this Spicy Tomato Garlic Shrimp with Spaghetti Squash is sure to become a favorite!
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