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We love going to different restaurants to taste new dishes that inspires me to try different ingredients or make slight modifications to an existing recipe to give it a face-lift. There is nothing like walking into a good Italian restaurant with its old-world charm and heavenly aromas floating from an open kitchen. There is just something about good food – especially Italian dishes – that make people happy! There always seems to be a party going on with servers bringing out heavy trays of food and cocktails. One of those restaurants is Carrabbaโ€™s Italian Grill providing the inspiration for this recipe and many other dishes including: Wood-Grilled Prosciutto Wrapped Pork Medallions with a Fig & Port Wine Sauce, Wood-Grilled Chicken with Goat Cheese Topped with a Lemon-Butter Basil Sauce, and Wood-Grilled Chicken with Sundried Tomato Flatbread.

Linguine Pasta with Roma Tomatoes and Shrimp closeup

This is a quick and easy meal to make after work. I tend to cheat by purchasing some prepared items to save even more time. It is a fairly healthy dish as long as you limit the butter-lemon sauce and use it more to enhance the flavors. It is important to add a lot of spinach since once cooked it greatly reduces in size. Mushrooms have the same problem! I tend to purchase them whole to cut them thick to avoid them cooking away to almost nothing! Add more or less roma tomatoes depending upon how much sauce is preferred with the linguine. Mix a quick salad, throw a loaf of bread in the oven, pour a glass of red, and plate the Linguine Pasta with Roma Tomatoes and Shrimp – and you might think you are in a great Italian restaurant with its wonderful food and aromas! Mangia!

Linguine Pasta with Roma Tomatoes and Shrimp plated

1 pound linguine
2 tbsp olive oil, divided
4 – 8 ounces White mushrooms, sliced
1 pound medium shrimp
4 cups Baby Spinach about 5 ounces, chopped
1 can Roma tomatoes
1 – 2 tbsp Butter-Lemon Sauce (I bought mine premade from Wegmans)
2 tbsp Fresh basil, chopped
Salt and White Pepper

Cook the linguine according to the instructions on the package. While the linguine is cooking, make the sauce. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a pan and cook the white mushrooms until tender. Transfer to another bowl. Add the remaining olive oil in the pan and cook the shrimp. I take a shortcut as I purchase cleaned, cooked shrimp to save time. I might add it cold to the pasta or at the very end mixing with the pasta. Add the spinach and cook for about a minute. Add tomatoes and butter-lemon sauce and cook until heated through. Add the cooked mushrooms and fresh basil. Drain the pasta and add to the pan to mix with the sauce. Season with salt and white pepper before serving.

26 thoughts on “Linguine Pasta with Roma Tomatoes and Shrimp

  1. I’m slowly learning to cook…I’m going to see if I can’t make this recipe work. Thanks for the suggestion.

    1. Bernice says:

      That is wonderful!! Let me know if you have any questions on your cooking journey!!

  2. Looks delicious Bernice, I would love this recipe!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you Michael! It was good and easy to make – especially since I took a few short cuts. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Simply damn delicious!!!
    pasta, tomato and seafood is a great combo…..

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you! It was really good.

  4. Oh great. Is it time to eat. Yes, it’s breakfast. So what? I could go for this right now. Yum. Love shrimp too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Bernice says:

      How about an early lunch!!

      1. Sorry, I missed it. While I stepped out for some errands today, they took me longer than I’d expected and I missed normal lunch as well. Supper then! ๐Ÿ™‚

      2. Bernice says:

        Just in time for a nice supper on a night with freezing rain/snow!

      3. Really. Last time I looked out we were dry here. I’m between Toronto and Niagara Falls.

      4. Bernice says:

        Not here. Wet snowy weather. Icy roads. Black ice. Lots of accidents. A good night to stay indoors.

      5. I would stay indoors too. Get something hot to drink for comfort, along with a cat or two. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

      6. Bernice says:

        That is the plan. Not leaving this house until I have to go back to work. ๐Ÿ™‚

      7. Another blogger posted about a half-hour ago or so New York is getting a storm the likes of they haven’t seen in forever. Stock up now… I haven’t had the radio or TV on. I just checked weather for our are, between Toronto and Niagara Falls and there’s snow coming Wednesday, a couple of centimeters for a few days.

      8. Bernice says:

        The storm is not for Buffalo. It is NYC, Boston, and Philadelphia. Nothing for us and let’s hope it stays that way. I am tired of storms. ๐Ÿ™‚

      9. I’m concentrating on spring around the corner–which corner remains to be seen. ๐Ÿ˜€

      10. Bernice says:

        Me too – spring can come any day!

      11. Any day in the next few months. ๐Ÿ˜€

      12. Bernice says:

        ๐Ÿ™‚ Lets hope so!

      13. Ha ha ha ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

      14. Bernice says:


  5. Lilly Sue says:

    Yes, good pasta always makes me happy! It is great getting inspiration to make new foods or just variations! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Bernice says:

      I love pasta too and really need to step out a bit to try different noodles and sauces.

  6. Sophie33 says:

    I made this & a few days ago using spelt linguini & it was the best! Really tasty too! x

    1. Bernice says:

      Wonderful! I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe and the Basmati rice!

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