This company-dinner shrimp pasta with olives and artichoke hearts is full of Mediterranean flavors that are enhanced with white wine and a little feta. If you love kalamata olives and marinated artichoke hearts (I often eat both right out of the jar) you will love this!
How do you make the recipe gluten-free?
We used gluten-free pasta, particularly rice angel hair pasta. But any pasta would be delicious. The finer the pasta, the more surfaces the flavorful sauce has to cling to.
I simmer the sauce just long enough to allow all the rich flavors to blend, then add the shrimp to cook in it. Last, I garnish with some fresh parsley for a color contrast with the bell peppers.
The recipe that inspired mine called for sun-dried tomatoes, which I always find a little chewy. But this dish would be very beige without some red! So I was really happy I had included the bell pepper strips for color.
These bell pepper strips are very mild and they also absorb the strong olive and vinegar flavors. Yum!
I served this dish recently to friends who loved the tart notes of flavor from the Kalamata olives, artichoke hearts and wine. I used small Key West shrimp, which we all thought were fantastic here, though they didn't turn as pink as I expected.
We cooked the pasta at the last minute and served the sauce on top, because they are the kinds of friends who like to spend a bit of time puttering in the kitchen together.
Can I make this pasta shrimp dish ahead of time?
Of course. To make the dish ahead of time, prepare the sauce and the pasta. It's best to undercook the shrimp slightly, as they will get tough otherwise when reheated.
Then use a fork to twirl the cooked pasta into 8 bundles and place evenly in your baking dish. Spoon the sauce over the pasta, cover with foil, and refrigerate. Warm it for about a half hour, covered, in a 325 degrees F oven as guests are arriving.
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However you serve it, it's a tasty and showy dish that looks like you spent a lot of time in the kitchen. But really, it's the ingredients that do the work.
If you make this recipe, please let me know in the comments how it went! And kindly share on social media!
Other seafood recipes you may enjoy
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Easy Massaman Salmon or Steelhead Curry
Steelhead Potato Chowder with Bacon
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Shrimp Pasta with Olives and Artichoke Hearts
- 1 ⁄4 cup olive oil
- 4 -6 cloves garlic minced
- 1 sweet onion chopped fine
- 1 tablespoon fresh oregano minced (or 1 teaspoon dried)
- 1¼ cup marinated artichoke hearts plus ¼ cup of the marinade
- 1 cup roasted bell pepper strips drained (I used Jeff’s)
- ¾ cup pitted kalamata olives chopped
- 1½ teaspoons sea salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ¾ cup dry white wine
- ½ cup coconut milk or more if desired
- 2 pounds shrimp peeled and deveined
- 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
- ½ lemon juiced
- 1 ⁄4 cup chopped Italian parsley
- 16 ounces fine pasta such as gluten-free spaghettini or angel hair, cooked until al dente
- extra virgin olive oil as needed (optional)
- In a large deep skillet, heat olive oil on medium heat, and add chopped onions. Saute for about 5 minutes until the onions are starting to become translucent, then add garlic and cook for one more minute, just until fragrant.
- Add the wine and coconut milk, reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 3-5 minutes.
- Add the artichokes, sliced red peppers, oregano and chopped olives, and season with salt and pepper.
- Add the shrimp to the pan, and cook over moderate heat until the shrimp curl and turn pink, several minutes. Stir in the lemon juice, half the parsley and the feta. Check the seasonings and add salt or pepper to taste. At this point you may wish to add more coconut milk, artichoke marinade or wine if you want to dish to contain more sauce.
- While you are simmering the shrimp, cook the pasta. Cook pasta until al dente, according to package directions (the Angel Hair took 4 minutes). Toss pasta with a little extra virgin olive oil to keep it from sticking together.
- Fold in the cooked pasta, tossing to mix, until everything is evenly blended. Or serve the pasta on the side and have your guests take the amount they want, then spoon the sauce over it.
- Sprinkle the dish with the rest of the parsley.
- Serve hot, with a green salad.
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This looks delicious. Have saved it and looking forward to preparing it. Thanks!
Beth, thanks! It's become one of my favorite recipes for guests - it's amazingly flavorful.
That looks delicious! I love the combination of shrimp with the saltiness of the olives.
Christian, thanks - I so agree, plus the vinegar from the artichoke hearts made for a delicious sauce.
I love pasta with seafood and this shrimp pasta looks wonderful! Love the addition of olives and roasted red peppers!
Jacqui, I do too, and we all loved those additions. Best, it was so easy to make.
Nart | Cooking with Nart
Looks delicious, Beth! And yes, very Mediterranean. Would you ever use fresh artichokes in this recipe?
It is delicious, Nart. You certainly could use fresh artichokes - that would be very elegant. It would be a bit of work to get each "choke" down to the heart, compared to how easy it is to open a jar of the marinated ones - but then you'd get to nibble on the inner parts of the leaves. And you'd need to add the olive oil, vinegar and herbs that you'd otherwise have in the marinade. Interesting thought, though!
This looks so delicious! I'm such a sucker for olives and artichoke hearts! Love that this is so colorful too 🙂
Ai, it is delicious and happily makes a lot which is good because it's great as leftovers too. I'm with you on the olives and artichokes!
I love me a good pasta recipe. Thanks for sharing.
Relle, me too! This one has all the goodies you want in the sauce.
The pasta sounds great with loads of flavor. I love the addition of olives.
Lathiya, it is really a great Mediterranean meal, and the olives add the most amazing amount of flavor.