Simple Garlic Oil & Crushed Red Pepper Capellini with Grilled Shrimp


This is one of those weeks where I can barely remember my name (hence I am crazy busy). Coincidentally, this is one of those recipes that needs no introduction and no explanation. The title itself (Simple) speaks of how amazingly perfect it is. One of the simplest ways to incorporate protein in your weekly meals is seafood, in particular shrimp. Shrimp takes less than 10 minutes to cook. Did you hear me? 10 minutes? That’s it?


Do you know how to add oil to a pan? Can you toss some crushed red peppers flakes into the oil? Can you boil some water? Well then this is the recipe for you and this is the recipe that I PROMISE you will want to make over and over again all summer long.


Summer Simple Garlic Oil & Crushed Red Pepper Capellini with Grilled Shrimp
  • 1 pound dried pasta
  • ¾ cup garlic olive oil
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup pasta cooking water
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1¼ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 lb of shrimp, peeled and deveined
  1. Toss the shrimp in ¼ cup of the garlic oil and ½ tsp of salt. Set aside
  2. Boil your pasta according to the package directions. Saute the onion and garlic in 2 TBSP of olive oil until tender, approximately 5 minutes. Toss in the shrimp and cook for 5-7 minutes until pink. Add in the crushed red pepper flakes, pepper and salt. Toss the pasta with the shrimp and then toss it all again with the remaining garlic oil. Sprinkle with chopped parsley or basil.
adapted from Real Simple


  1. Catherine

    A beautiful simple dish that is full of flavor and healthy. Blessings, Catherine

  2. Adri

    What a lovely dish – simple with lovely flavor and not a big production to make! I like it! Have a wonderful week!

    1. kbelleicious

      Thanks Adri! Such a simple but flavorful dish. I hope you get a chance to enjoy it this summer

  3. Erica

    Gorgeous! Simple and delicious

  4. Angie (@angiesrecipess)

    What wonderful flavours! Those grilled shrimp look succulent and delicious. An excellent pasta recipe!

  5. 2 Sisters Recipes

    This is the perfect time of year, and shrimp season has just begun here in the South. This is our favorite dish !!
    Great recipe!

    1. kbelleicious

      Mine too girls!

  6. Geni

    My mouth is watering. This looks fresh, flavorful and springy. I was totally at a loss for what to make for a quick dinner yesterday and now I will have this up my sleeve for the next dinner quandary. Hope your Easter was fabulous Jessica.

    1. kbelleicious

      This would have your family so happy and even better Geni it is gluten free if you use GF pasta or rice pasta.

  7. Mary

    What a fabulous spring recipe! my eldest daughter LOVES shrimp – this is perfect – thank you!
    Mary x

  8. Melynda@OurSundayCafe

    My husband would love this! We have become more adventuresome in the kitchen with fish and he couldn’t be happier. thanks.

    1. kbelleicious

      you just gave me a great thought. this dish would be great using the flavors and all with not only shrimp but a nice hearty fish too:)

  9. LaCuisineHelene

    I like your pictures so much. You have inspired me to cook shrimps for Dinner tonight 🙂

  10. Maris (In Good Taste)

    As I am sitting here thinking about what to make for dinner, I find this! I might try to make this one with linguine, which is what I happen to have in the house. YUM and thanks for the inspiration!

    1. kbelleicious

      I am so glad to hear from you. Just giddy in fact. You were with me way back when and now you are back again and it thrills me. Do love your new adventure with the site and mag and all! So excited for you

  11. Asmita

    I love the texture of capellini. This dish is so full of flavor! All my favorite ingredients! This will be a huge hit at my place.

  12. kitchen flavours

    I love simple meals like this! Simple yet full of delicious flavours!
    Thanks for sharing!

  13. Karen (Back Road Journal)

    I had to smile when I saw your pasta dish and the frittata on your last post. It seems we have been cooking similar dishes lately. Both dishes are not only delicious but perfect when you have a very busy schedule as they don’t take long to prepare. 🙂

    1. kbelleicious

      I know! I smiled too as we seem to think alike! I like it. You are keeping me on my toes:)

  14. Tricia @ Saving room for dessert

    Simple is great and so are these ingredients. The shrimp looks perfect – yum! I hate being so busy too. Hope it slows down a bit!

    1. kbelleicious

      It finally has Tricia! Wheww just when I needed some rest the most. Hope you are doing good and things are slower for you! Dont get me wrong life has been good just busy:)

  15. sue/the view from great island

    This looks so good to me right now, it’s an hour away from dinner time and I haven’t a clue what we’re having!

    1. kbelleicious

      you must try this. the garlic and red pepper flavor on the shrimp is incredible

      1. kbelleicious

        P.S. I love the cold chocolate snack cake! Oh my it looks insane

  16. Shea

    This looks absolutely delicious! Shrimp has been sounding really good lately too!

  17. Joanne

    Easy peasy pasta dishes always sound good to me! Especially when there is garlic, olive oil, and spice involved.

  18. Liz

    Sounds utterly delicious! And who doesn’t love a fabulous recipe that doesn’t take all afternoon to make????

  19. Eva Taylor

    This totally looks and sounds like something I would love. A perfect dish for a spring day.

    1. kbelleicious

      Yes in deed. the perfect dish for any day really. Always love when you stop by! Hope you are doing well

  20. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I’m having one of the busiest time right now and this recipe sounds PERFECT! My kids’ swimming is later (usual dinner time) so this quick pasta dish is perfect on those days! I love it when it’s so easy to make and it tastes amazing. 🙂 Win win situation~~~!

    1. kbelleicious

      Right there with you Nami! I am busier now than ever. My friends have swim team lessons so late in the day and she is always saying how hard it is on dinner time and all. Hope you get a chance to try it!

  21. Mandy - The Complete Book

    What a heavenly meal Belle and just perfect for my pasta cravings.
    Have a beautiful day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  22. My Inner Chick

    gorgeous presentation.
    I WANT))!

  23. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    Perfect meal that’s easy to make and loved by everyone. win!

  24. Balvinder

    What a great recipe! I love meals that are easy and simple to make.

  25. Monica

    This looks incredibly scrumptious. A cooking project is nice once in a while but for most days, quick & easy is my game. I love shrimp and try to keep some in the freezer all the time. Love being able to put something like this together with mostly pantry items.

  26. 2 Sisters Recipes

    What a lovely dish! This shrimp with pasta happens to be our go-to dish whenever we needed to whip up something quick and delicious- thanks for the reminder! And Welcome back!! Good to see you!

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