Pasta with Shrimp


  • Pasta – 1/2 pound, (about 2 1/2 Cups)
  • Reserved pasta water – 1/3 Cup
  • Belize Shrimp or medium sized shrimps – 14-15, cleaned and deveined
  • Garlic – 1 tbsp, minced
  • Cilantro – 2 tbsp, finely chopped tightly packed
  • Lemon juice – a quick squeeze or two
  • Chili Flakes – 1/2 tsp (or more)
  • Oil – 1/2 tbsp
  • Pepper – 1/4, freshly cracked
  • Salt to taste + a generous amount for the pasta water

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Cook the pasta as per package instruction. Do not forget to season the pasta water with salt. Drain (reserve 1/3 Cup pasta water) and keep aside.
  2. While the pasta cooks, heat oil in a pan and fry the garlic in it till fragrant. Add the shrimps and cook till they turn pink on both the sides.
  3. It is very easy to overcook shrimp, so do not keep the pan unattended or cook the shrimps for too long. Once the shrimps turn pink, season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add the reserved pasta water and and the cilantro immediately. Let it stay on heat for half a minute more and then pour it over the cooked pasta.
  5. Sprinkle the chili flakes and give it a good toss.