Trottole Pasta with a Shrimp Marinara Sauce Recipe

trottole pasta with a shrimp marinara sauce

Have you ever had trottole pasta? Trottole pasta is a curly-cue pasta shape that looks like a tight coil. Its shape clings to pasta sauce, so you get a perfect distribution of pasta:sauce with every bite. This recipe for trottole pasta is topped with a spicy-ish shrimp marinara sauce. The shrimp marinara sauce is a tomato base, with optional spice, and some quickly cooked shrimp in it for protein. Top this pasta with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese, and you have dinner ready in less than 30 min!

Trottole Pasta with a Shrimp Marinara Sauce Recipe

What is trottole pasta?

“Trottole” is Italian for spinning tops.

Trottole pasta is a type of semolina pasta that is shaped like a tight coil/curly-cue, and kind of looks like a spinning top.

Trottole pasta close up

Where do you buy trottole pasta?

I picked up this bag of trottole pasta at Sprouts Market here in Los Angeles, but if you want to buy some elsewhere, you can get it here on Amazon or Target.

If you don’t have trottole pasta, you can make this recipe with rotini or fusilli pasta – just any kind of twisty/curly shaped pasta.

How do you make a shrimp marinara sauce?

The full recipe is below for this recipe for pasta with a shrimp marinara sauce, but here are the steps.

In a big pot, bring a lot of generously-salted water to boil.

In a skillet on another burner, bring a tablespoon of olive oil to medium heat, and add in 1 lb of peeled and deveined shrimp. Cook for a short amount of time – 3 min total – just until pink. Transfer to a plate to the side.

Cook 1 thinly sliced shallot to the olive oil, and sautee a little until translucent. Add a pinch of salt and 1/8th teaspoon of red pepper flakes.

Pour in 14 oz of crushed tomatoes to the skillet and stir to combine.

Reduce the heat of the tomato sauce to a simmer while you cook the pasta to the pasta’s directions – about 9 minutes.

When the pasta is nearly done, add the shrimp back into the tomato sauce, and test for seasoning: add more salt, pepper, or red pepper flakes to taste.

Then add in the cooked trottole pasta directly into the marinara sauce, just by using a spider sieve to transfer the pasta directly over from the pot to the skillet.

Stir to evenly coat the pasta, and finish with fresh sliced basil on top. Parmesan too if you like.

Enjoy!

FAQs

Can this pasta dish be made in advance?

  • I would not make this recipe too far in advance – it’s best hot out the skillet!

How is it stored? For how long?

  • You can store this recipe and reheat the leftovers for 3 days.

Which ingredients (flavors) are dominant? How would you intensify, or mellow out these flavors?

  • With this marinara sauce, you get a lot of tomato flavor. The shrimp is very mild, but a seafood flavor is there too.

What if i don’t have trottole pasta? what type of pasta could I substitute?

  • Feel free to use fusilli, cavatappi, rigatoni or any short/curly/tube pasta!

Can you easily modify this to be vegetarian? Vegan? Gluten-free? Keto? Low carb?

  • To be vegetarian: if you eat fish, then the recipe is vegetarian friendly!
  • To be vegan: you can omit the shrimp and then it’s vegan friendly
  • Low carb: use a low carb pasta like Banza, or sub in zoodles
  • Keto: sub in zoodles

Can this be made spicy?

  • Yes! Add more red pepper flakes

What kind of equipment is needed? Are there alternative cooking methods?

  • You will need a big pot for cooking the pasta and a skillet to make the sauce.
  • I personally use a spider sieve strainer to directly transfer pasta from the pot to the skillet
  • If you don’t have a skillet, you can make the pasta, then strain it and leave it to the side, then make the pasta sauce and, last, mix the pasta into the pot

What are the best side dishes for this recipe?

Is this recipe popular at specific events? times of the year? holidays?

  • This is a super easy pasta recipe for dinner. It comes together very quickly, so you can make it on a weeknight with no stress.

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trottole pasta with a shrimp marinara sauce

Trottole Pasta with a Shrimp Marinara Sauce

Mimi Newman
An easy recipe for pasta with a spicy-ish shrimp marinara sauce
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine easy, Italian, Italian American
Servings 3
Calories 581 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb shrimp
  • 1/4 cup sliced shallots
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 8 oz trottole pasta or fusilli, rotini, rigatoni
  • 1/4 cup sliced fresh basil

Instructions
 

  • In a big pot, bring a lot of generously-salted water to boil.
  • In a skillet on another burner, bring a tablespoon of olive oil to medium heat, and add in 1 lb of peeled and deveined shrimp. Cook for a short amount of time – 3 min total – just until pink. Transfer to a plate to the side.
  • Add in 1 thinly sliced shallot to the olive oil, and sautee a little until transluscent. Add a pinch of salt and 1/8th teaspoon of red pepper flakes.
  • Add in 14 oz of crushed tomatoes to the skillet and stir to combine.
  • Reduce the heat of the tomato sauce to a simmer while you cook the pasta to the pasta’s directions – about 9 minutes.
  • When the pasta is nearly done, add the shrimp back into the tomato sauce, and test for seasoning: add more salt, pepper, or red pepper flakes to taste.
  • Then add in the cooked pasta directly into the marinara sauce, just by using a spider sieve to transfer the pasta directly over from the pot to the skillet.
  • Stir to evenly coat the pasta, and serve with fresh sliced basil on top. Parmesan too if you like.

Nutrition

Serving: 6ozCalories: 581kcalCarbohydrates: 72gProtein: 44gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 381mgSodium: 2176mgPotassium: 828mgFiber: 6gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 551IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 301mgIron: 7mg
Keyword homemade marinara, pasta, shrimp, trottole
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