Sometimes when I need to fix dinner for Charlie and me (or anyone else who will be joining us) in a hurry this is what I do. Now if Charlie were fixing this dish he would start from scratch. But this is my standby quick and delicious dinner.

  • 1 Jar E. 48th Street Market Sauce (Regular or Spicy – I use Spicy).
  • 1/2 Lb Shrimp – peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 Lb Calamari – cut into rings
  • 3 Cloves Garlic – roughly chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • Red Pepper as needed for extra spiciness
  • 1 Lb Pasta
  • Fresh Basil – chopped

In a large pan heat some olive oil over low to medium heat.
Add garlic and cook until aromatic but do not let it burn.
Add Sauce and let it all combine together. Just as it starts to bubble add fish and cook, stirring until the shrimp is pink. The calamari does not take very long either.

If I’m drinking some white wine while I am cooking (which I probably am) I will add a splash to the pan before I add the tomato sauce and let it bubble for a few seconds.

Drain the pasta, save 1/4 Cup of the pasta water. Put the pasta in a large bowl and toss with some of the sauce and a little of the pasta water. Dish out the pasta into individual serving bowls (we always eat pasta out of a bowl at or house), top with some more sauce and the fish and sprinkle a little extra virgin olive on top. Sprinkle with chopped basil and pass the cheese.

Now in Italy you would never see anyone put cheese on a fish dish but that’s how our family likes it! Sometimes I throw in some drained white beans.  Usually Navy Beans because they are smaller and I think sweeter.

Serves 4

Buon Appetito!