A delicious Italian dish with angel hair pasta, fresh tomatoes, basil, parmesan cheese and shrimp.
Capellini Pomodoro on a white plate
Confession: This is one of those dishes with a “fancy” name–Capellini Pomodoro–, that’s probably one of the easiest meals ever to make. Seriously, it only has a handful of ingredients and can definitely be made in well under 30 minutes (which is what I always aim for!)
Two side by side photos showing the process of making capellini pomodoro
I always kind of thought my mom made this dish up, but then when I was at Olive Garden one time I noticed “Capellini Pomodoro” on their menu! They didn’t add any shrimp to it (which is a shame) but the dishes were pretty much the same. 
So basically I think Olive Garden stole this wonderful meal idea from my mom. I’m totally KIDDING!!! hahaha. Capellini Pomodoro is an authentic Italian dish!
Cappellini Pomodoro on a white plate topped with shrimp.
capellini pomodoro with shrimp served on a plate
My favorite thing about this meal is that everything in it is fresh! Have you noticed that meals made with fresh ingredients are usually always healthier too?  So there you have it…fresh, healthy, tasty and “fancy”, in less than 30 minutes 🙂

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Prep 5 minutes
Cook 15 minutes
Total 30 minutes
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  • Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 1 Tbsp olive oil and 1 clove garlic. Cook for 1 minute. 
  • Add shrimp and saute for 3-4 minutes, just until barely pink on both sides (they will get cooked more later). Remove shrimp to a plate.
  • Add remaining 2 Tbsp olive oil and 2 cloves garlic to the same skillet. 
  • Add freshly diced tomatoes and cook, stirring constantly, about 2 to 3 minutes. 
  • Add fresh ground black pepper, to taste. Add shrimp and fresh chopped basil. Cook for a few minutes longer, until shrimp is cooked completely.
  • Serve mixture over hot cooked angel hair pasta. Garnish with parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.


Calories: 621kcalCarbohydrates: 73gProtein: 41gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 296mgSodium: 1089mgPotassium: 860mgFiber: 5gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 2315IUVitamin C: 37.5mgCalcium: 358mgIron: 4.5mg

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Lauren Allen

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  1. This looks amazing Lauren! Going on my menu as soon as I get settled into the new house!!

  2. Oooh! This looks fabulous! Perfect for dinner! My hubby would love this! Sadly I’m allergic to shrimp. Boo! I love it though! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Laura! You can definitely omit the shrimp for your food allergy and it will still be great!