One of my responsibilities at work is is to load any menu changes for the restaurants into the computer systems (stupid Micros). This gives me a reason to become familiar with all the food that is being offered. It also provides me with some inspiration for new meals that I would not have thought about trying to make on my own.
Shrimp Fra Diavolo is one of those dishes on the new menu where all aspects of it caught my attention. Nothing is easier to cook than shrimp and pasta, then you add in a spicy red sauce… you can’t go wrong. I made my usual substitution of chicken, since I have an endless amount of high quality, cheap chicken.
Just like every other type of meal, I am no expert when it comes to cooking pasta. I am still at that stage of my culinary adventure where I wonder if it will even turn out edible. Fortunately for myself (and anyone who eats my food), I am an expert at following simple directions.
In this case, I was spot on! The pasta was cooked perfectly and the sauce was really ^&*$)ing spicy… which is what I was going for (I added a little extra red pepper powder to the chicken (and sauce) while it was cooking). I figure anything that means Brother Devil deserves to have a high intensity of spice.
Since I’ve never had this prepared for me, I have no idea how this dish is supposed to taste… but I very much enjoyed the version that I prepared.
A simple pasta dish with a spicy kick, easily modifiable to your tolerance level.