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Blackened Chipotle Shrimp Spaghetti-Easy Pasta Sauce

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Who doesn't enjoy a plate full of spaghetti with a homemade chipotle sauce? Top it with blackened chipotle shrimp and eating dinner at home just became the best night!

This recipe for blackened chipotle shrimp spaghetti combines some smoky Mexican flavors of chipotle with everyone's favorite Italian pasta. Pasta sauce comes in a convenient jar, in all varieties, at your favorite market. But wouldn't you feel better preparing a homemade and delicious sauce for your blackened chipotle shrimp spaghetti? This easy-to-follow chipotle sauce recipe is done in no time and can be added to any of your favorite pasta dishes. If shrimp is not your favorite menu item, substitute with some thinly sliced chicken breast or pork chops.

Ingredients

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Directions

  1. Cook the spaghetti according to the package directions. Drain, reserving ½ cup of pasta water. Drizzle onto pasta a little olive oil and toss. This will keep the noodles from sticking together.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of oil in a medium skillet and preheat to medium for 1 minute. Add the onions, garlic and bell pepper. Season lightly with salt and pepper and saute for 3-4 minutes.
  3. While the aromatics cook, add the can of whole tomatoes, chipotles and adobo sauce to the blender. Blend on high until smooth.
  4. Pour blended tomato/chipotle sauce to the skillet. Add the fire-roasted tomatoes, pasta water, oregano, parsley and salt to taste. Simmer on low for 10-12 minutes.
  5. Preheat stove-top grill pan or skillet to medium heat for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Add 4 jumbo shrimp per skewer. Season lightly with salt, pepper and chipotle powder on both sides. Add 3 tablespoons of oil to grill pan or skillet. Sear and brown the shrimp skewers for 3-4 minutes per side or until shrimp becomes opaque.
  7. Add cooked spaghetti to serving plate. Top with generous amounts of chipotle sauce and top with shrimp skewer. Garnish with parsley and lemon wedges.

Chef Notes

If you are cooking with any canned tomato product, make sure to let it simmer for a few extra minutes when you add it to your recipe. This will allow the raw flavors of the tomatoes to cook out and give you delicious slow-cooked flavors.

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