Fra Diavolo is always a favorite of mine because it likes to bring the heat. A little spice never hurt no one, so feel free to add an extra dash of crushed red pepper if you are feeling adventurous. This version is more rustic with the onion slices and chunks of tomato, so it goes nicely with a lighter base such as angel hair pasta or brown rice. Today I threw in shrimp, but this is also delicious with chunks of lobster meat if you want to get fancy.
Recipe yields 6 servings
2 lbs large shrimp, cleaned with the tails off
2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (plus more if you want to turn up the heat!)
2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (you want enough to cover the bottom of the pan)
1 large yellow onion
28 oz can diced tomatoes
2 cups dry white wine
1 head of garlic
1 tsp oregano
1/4 cup parsley
1/4 cup basil
Start out by rinsing off the shrimp and tossing with the crushed red pepper flakes. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet and add the shrimp. Cook, turning once, for about 1-2 minutes per side. Don't worry about cooking the heck out of these guys right now, they will see the heat again!
Remove the shrimp to a plate and set aside for now. We will get back to them a little later.
Slice the onion and chop the garlic.
Add your onion and garlic to the same skillet the shrimp were in. Add an extra tablespoon of olive oil to the pan if things are looking a little dry. Cook until the onion is translucent and the garlic is fragrant.
To the skillet, add the diced tomatoes, wine and chopped oregano. Give everything a good mix and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let the sauce simmer for 15-20 minutes. You want a lot of the extra water to evaporate and allow the sauce to thicken up. Once your sauce has thickened, dump the plate of shrimp back into the skillet and toss to coat in the sauce. Cook for another 2-3 minutes until all the shrimp are cooked through and all the flavors have had some time to get to know each other.
Cut the heat and stir in the chopped parsley and basil. Serve over rice or pasta for a delicious meal. Enjoy!