by Michelle

There’s something a little naughty about a dish with the word “devil” in the title. Diavolo means devil…the translation is Shrimp as hot as hell!

Last night I had an impromptu dinner party for four enthusiastic “foodies”. Their schedules had us sitting down to dinner at 9 pm so I wanted to prepare something delicious but easy. This is the perfect dish to accomplish just that!

This dish requires 2 cup of Marinara sauce.


1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

10 large shrimp, peeled and deveined*

1 clove of garlic, chopped finely

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 teaspoon fennel seeds, freshly pounded**

1 tablespoon fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped

1/4 cup dry white wine

1/2 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes

2 cups Marinara

In a large fry pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. When the oil is hot add the shrimp and salt and pepper. Cook the shrimp just until they turn pink on the bottom then turn over. Continue cooking until shrimp are just cooked…about 2 minutes. With tongs, remove shrimp and set aside.

Add the garlic to the pan and cook for 30 seconds I love the speed of this dish! Reduce the heat and add the fennel seeds, hot pepper flakes, flat leaf parsley and cook for 30 seconds more. You are simply activating all of the delicious scents and oils from the herbs and spices.

Add the white wine and reduce to half. It will not take more than a minute. Stir in the Marinara sauce. Taste your sauce to see if you need more heat. If you do, add a little more pepper flakes. Go slowly…once added you can’t take them out!

Return the shrimp to the pan. Add your cooked pasta…toss or stir and you are ready to serve.

*I use the 8-12 count shrimp size

**if you do not have a mortar and pestle to pound the fennel seeds, you can place the seeds in a bag and give them a good whack with a hammer

Count on 6-8 ounces of dried pasta for 2 people. I take the pasta straight from the boiling water pasta pot and put it into my sauce. That way I get a little of the starchy cooking water to enhance the dish. Give it a try…you’ll love it!