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Orecchiette with Shrimp in a Vodka Sauce

This Orecchiette with Shrimp in a Vodka Sauce cooks up quickly for a satisfying, utterly delicious 30 minute meal!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
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Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 560kcal


  • 1 pound large raw shrimp, peeled and de-veined
  • olive oil
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes or to taste
  • ½ cup good quality vodka
  • 28 ounces canned crushed tomatoes
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup shaved Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound orecchiette pasta


  • Rinse shrimp with cold water and drain. Pull tails off and cut them in half. Coat a large saute pan with olive oil  and place over MEDIUM heat. Cook and stir shrimp for a couple of minutes, just until opaque. Remove from the heat and transfer the shrimp to a dish and set aside.
  • Coat pan with more olive oil. Add the onion and cook and stir until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, for an additional minute.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and pour in the vodka. Return pan to the heat and add the crushed tomatoes, turn heat to high, and bring the sauce to a boil. Reduce the heat to LOW and stir in the parsley, cream, salt and pepper. Allow to simmer while preparing the pasta.
  • Prepare the pasta according to the package directions in a large pasta pot. Drain all of the water off, add the vodka sauce to the pasta in the warm pot, and stir to combine. Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.


Calories: 560kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 225mg | Sodium: 906mg | Potassium: 691mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 883IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 287mg | Iron: 5mg