Grill Like an Italian with Colavita: Spicy Grilled Shrimp Pasta
Recipe Type: Side, Main
Cuisine: Italian Inspired
Serves: 4 servings
Let the grilling begin. A cool pasta salad receives some heat from red chili and bold Italian flavor from asparagus and sun-dried tomatoes.
  • 8 ounces short (gluten-free) pasta
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • ½ pound wild peeled deveined shrimp, tail on
  • Sea salt (I used Rachel Ray Salt from the Sea Grinder)
  • Black pepper (I used Rachel Ray Malabar Pepper Grinder)
  • 2 tablespoons Colavita Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
  • 2 large shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • ½ teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup Colavita sundried tomatoes in olive oil, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons Colavita Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds (optional)
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook the pasta according to packages directions. During the last 3 minutes of cooking, add the asparagus. Drain well and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat an indoor or outdoor grill pan until smoking hot. Season the shrimp with sea salt, black pepper and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, grill until curled and lightly charred on both sides, about 3 minutes total. Remove to a bowl.
  3. Heat the remaining olive oil in a large skillet. Add the shallots, garlic, cherry tomatoes, and red chili flakes to the pan. Cook until the shallots are soft and the tomatoes are beginning to release their juices, 5 minutes. Season generously with sea salt. Remove the pan from the heat and add the cooked shrimp, pasta-asparagus mixture, sundried tomatoes, balsamic, and half the mint and hemp seeds, if using. Toss to combine and season to taste.
  4. Transfer to a serving platter and garnish with the remaining mint and hemp seeds, if using. Eat warm or at room temperature.
Recipe by Honest Cooking at