Whenever I tell people that I’m a food blogger and cook at home for a living, inevitably there is one question that always follows:
“What on earth do you do with all of that food?!?”
My answer is simple:
“I have neighbors!!”
And not just any neighbors — I happen to think that I have the coolest neighbors in the world who absolutely love our city, love our little neighborhood, and love our #neighbornights. They’re pretty much the best. But notably, they also happen to have some of the best appetites of any friends I know, which works out perfectly for me.
All I need to do is post on our neighborhood Facebook page that I have leftover lasagna or cookies or margaritas from a day of recipe testing, and within minutes, someone is knocking on my door ready to “help out”. It’s pretty great. Everyone always shows up more than ready to taste-test the day’s fare. But I must say, they don’t always show up with a plan for how to transport the day’s fare back to their places. This used to be the cause for many a missing dish in my house.
But I learned my lesson early on, and now have an entire shelf in my pantry devoted to storage containers that I likely will never see again. My latest favs?! These brilliant little Heat & Eat Containers from Reynolds. And my latest favorite recipe that I sent home with some hungry neighbors? This brilliant Shrimp Pasta with a Creamy Tomato Basil Sauce.
Win = win.
This pasta was actually so good that I made it twice in one week — first for a date night in with this cute guy. And second for lunch with my friend, Rachel, just to double-check and “make sure” that it was good enough for the blog.
Both times we all ate until we were blissfully full.
For years, I have been looking for storage containers that are:
affordable (because I go through a lot of these in a month)
sturdy and well-made (because those don’t always mix with “affordable”)
single-serving sized (because let’s be practical)
BPA-free (because I care about my neighbors)
environmentally-friendly (because I care about our world)
Surprisingly, it’s been hard to find products that fit my little list of qualifications. But when I saw these Heat & Eat Containers on the shelves at my grocery store recently, I was sold! They remind me so much of the to-go containers at some of my favorite environmentally-friendly restaurants. But now they’re available for me to use in my own little kitchen, filled with my own food. :)
Most recently, I loaded them up with this delicious pasta.
Since Barclay is a pescetarian, we’ve been eating a lot of fish and seafood together lately. And when I learned that he was especially fond of red pasta sauces, I decided to whip up a simple creamy tomato basil sauce.
I usually love adding in tons of crushed red pepper to my tomato sauces, but he’s a little more cautious than I am about spice. So I went a little lighter on the pepper this time, and added in a little bit of cream to round things out, along with some fire-roasted tomatoes and fresh basil for some extra depth of flavor.
Seriously, this pasta was so good that I went back for seconds, and Barclay even went back for thirds. We couldn’t stop eating it! The sauce was the perfect mixture of everything savory, slightly sweet, creamy, herby, and even (yes) a little spicy that we love. And when paired with some simple sauteed shrimp, al dente pasta, and some freshly-grated Parmesan on top, it was absolute perfection. We enjoyed every last bite on our plates…and then my neighbors enjoyed every last bite in these cute little containers (which I must say, heat up the food back up beautifully).
Hope that you enjoy the pasta as much as we did! And if you have leftovers to share with friends (or your fridge), I highly recommend checking these out these new containers. I’m now a total convert!
This Shrimp Pasta with Creamy Tomato Basil Sauce recipe is simple to make, full of delicious flavors, and it also happens to make for GREAT leftovers!
12 ounces dried pasta (I used penne)
2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 teaspoon sea salt, divided
1 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper, divided
1 cup diced white onion (about 1 small onion)
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 (14-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 (14-ounce) can diced fire-roasted tomatoes, drained
3 Tablespoons julienned or chopped fresh basil leaves
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, plus extra for sprinkling
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
pinch of granulated sugar (optional)
1/3 cup heavy cream
optional toppings: freshly-grated Parmesan cheese, extra fresh basil, extra crushed red pepper flakes
Cook pasta al dente in a large stockpot of generously-salted boiling water according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, as the pasta water is heating, heat 1 Tablespoon olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add shrimp and season evenly with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Then saute for 4-6 minutes, flipping once or twice, until the shrimp are cooked through and pink and no longer translucent. Transfer the shrimp to a separate plate and set aside.
Return the saute pan to the stove and increase heat to medium-high. Add the remaining 1 Tablespoon olive oil, then add the onion and give it a stir to coat it evenly with the olive oil. Saute for 4-5 minutes until the onion is soft and translucent, stirring occasionally. Then stir in the garlic, and saute for an additional 1-2 minutes or until the garlic is fragrant, stirring occasionally. Add in the crushed and diced tomatoes, basil, crushed red pepper flakes, oregano, sugar, and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper, and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium and simmer (uncovered) for 8-10 minutes, or until the mixture is reduced and is fairly thick. Stir in the heavy cream until combined.
Then once the pasta is cooked and drained, combine it with the creamy tomato basil sauce and the cooked shrimp, and toss until combined.
Serve immediately, with the optional toppings if desired. Or transfer to a sealed container (such as Reynolds Heat & Eat Containers) and refrigerate for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.
This post is sponsored by Reynolds Kitchens. I am partnering with them on this post because I genuinely am a fan of their product, and use these containers all the time! All opinions are 100% my own as always. So thanks for supporting the great brands who continue to make this site possible!
Looks delicious! Those containers sound like a great idea!
It looks SO yummy! I herewith apply for becoming your neighbor. I would always bring a container with me and I don’t mind tons of crushed red pepper :).
Thanks Julia, we hope you love it! :D
This looks absolutely delicious! I love a good homemade tomato sauce!
Thanks Dani! :D
You just inspired a MAJOR pregnancy craving!!! This is going on the menu plan stat. Plus I am the literal worst at taking my lunch to work in a Tupperware and then forgetting it somewhere, so those containers might be the perfect thing!
Haha awesome Alison! We hope you love it! :)
i love the photos of your meals can i take a copy of these HOW JOHN
Thank you John, you may post one of these photos with the gimmesomeoven watermark on it, as long as you link back to gimmesomeoven.
Can you make
It without cream?
Yes, you certainly can! You could use any kind of milk you prefer (we’d recommend 1/2 and 1/2 if you want something a little lighter than cream, or whole or 2% milk. 1%, skim, or unsweetened, unflavored almond/soy milk would work fine as well, just keep in mind the sauce won’t be quite as thick). :)
This looks beautiful! I love that your neighbors take the extra food off your hands – my parents do a pretty good job of that haha!
Thanks Christina, we hope you enjoy! :)
Delicious!!! Just ate this for dinner. Loved the combination of crushed tomatoes and fire roasted tomatoes. Will definitely be making again.
Thanks Kim, we’re so happy you liked it! :D
On the hunt for dinner tonight, I was thrilled when this quick and easy recipe showed up in my inbox today. Love the fresh flavored of this dish and will definitely be making it again soon. The only adjustment I made was just a sprinkle of red pepper flakes to make this a bit more toddler friendly and subbed the heavy cream for full fat milk (no heavy cream on hand).
Awesome, we’re happy to hear you enjoyed this Melissa! :D
What would you recommend subbing the shrimp for? I’m a college kid so I would like to make something similar for my guy Friday night but without the cost of seafood.
Hi Rose! We’d recommend using Italian sausage or chicken – either one would be really tasty in this recipe. We hope this helps, and that you and your guy enjoy! :)
That’s the best idea to have a neighbor Facebook page! I never know what to do with all of my leftover baked goodies… My freezer is constantly stuffed to the brim, and I recently started giving almost everything to my mom for her to bring into work whenever I see her. I’m definitely keeping that in mind for the next time I move and meet new neighbors! Thanks for sharing that tip Ali!
Yay, we hope you enjoy this Amy – thanks for your sweet words! :)
This pasta looks great!
Your neighbours are sooo lucky. I wish mine would give delicious food away for free. Not happening. I love this pasta it sounds delicious and it’s easy to make, double win.
Thanks Kristina, we hope you love it! :)
I’m a proud owner of this recipe now and this is a keeper for sure. I wish I was your neighbour and the containers are perfect xoxo
Thanks Beverley, we’re so happy you like it! :D
awesome recipe.. I am now cooking some dishes for my 95 year old aunt. This is wonderful and especially since it will freeze well! Thank you!
Thanks Hilda, we hope you and your aunt enjoy this!
I love your recipes and you inspire me to continue cooking and trying new things! I tried this recipe and it was delicious! I have already told a few people about your website :-D
Thank you Tabitha, that’s so sweet! We’re happy you enjoyed this, and thanks for spreading the word! :D
This looks like a great family dinner for the weekend. Thanks!
Awesome Julia, we hope you and your family enjoy it!
Can you please send me the Nutritional Facts for this recipe? I am on Weight Watchers and need to figure the points.
Hi Susan! We’re sorry but we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!
How Tasteful this is! I will definitely try this for next weekend. Thank you for sharing this great recipe.
Thanks Sarah, we hope you enjoy!
I just wanted to say that I made this recipe this week, and we absolutely loved it. I made it as you stated with the exception I don’t measure when adding spices and herbs so I don’t know how close I came to your measurements, (I add to taste) but omg this was so very good! I usually make a recipe and have to change this, that or the other thing but with yours I didn’t, it’s perfect just the way it is!
100% a phenomenal dish and I thank you so much for the recipe!
Thanks for your sweet comment Christine, we’re so happy you enjoyed it! :)
This looks wonderful and I’m thinking of making for my family…they’re coming to visit this weekend. I have two questions though…approximately how many does this serve? Also, I’d like to add a little more to it to make it go a little further, do you think if I added some Italian (ring) sausage that that would work?
Thanks Samantha, we hope you and your family enjoy it! This pasta will make about 6-8 servings, and we think adding some Italian sausage would be an excellent idea! :)
Once again your recipe is a hit with my picky husband. I made this with chicken instead of shrimp because he is crazy and won’t eat seafood. I’m still learning to cook and trying new recipes every week. Each time I try a new dish I ask him to give it a rating on a scale of 1 to 10. This is my first and only 11!!! Thank you so much. Every time I search for new recipes on Pinterest I always seem to end up on your page!
Thanks Amy, we’re so glad to hear that, and we’re so happy you like the blog! :D
I just tried this recipe tonight for the first time and it is AMAZING. I have never made a pasta sauce from scratch before but this was so easy and I LOVE crushed red pepper so this was right up my alley. I acutally made a double batch of the sauce so that I can freeze half and then all I have to do is heat it up and add more pasta and shrimp. Thanks for the great recipe! I will definitely be making this again.
Thanks for sharing Courtney, we’re so happy you enjoyed this! :D
I Am So Loving This Recipe and would like To Know Can I Substitute Using Tomato & Basil in The Jar? ALSO Where Would I Get The Cream From What Name Brand? Can I Add My Sofrito Sauce To The Tomatoe & Basil using Onion Garlic Mixtures.?
Hi Colleen – yes, we think you could use a jarred tomato and basil sauce. Any brand of cream is fine, and sure, we think adding your sofrito should be nice too. We hope you enjoy!
I’m just venturing into the world of shrimp eating (so scary I know, lol). I came across this recipe and thought it would be a great dish to get my feet wet. Perfection! Really delicious and a nice little spice kick. I packed up the lefties and shared them with the in laws who also raved about it. I’ve yet to see the Reynolds containers in stores…we usually use our Pyrex for sharing (with those we trust for returns lol) but I love the packaging of the Reynolds, will definitely keep an eye out! Thanks for another great recipe!
Thanks for sharing Rebecca! We’re so happy you and your in-laws enjoyed this! :D
Are there sides that can be served with this
Of course! You can serve this with whatever you like. Salad would be a great side, or another green veggie, like roasted broccoli or brussels sprouts. We hope you enjoy!
I’ll give it a try.
Just made this for dinner tonight and it was fantastic. I’m trying to watch my calories so I reduced the oil to 1 tablespoon and used half and half instead of cream. I also used the Barilla Protein Plus pasta. It was great! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for sharing with us Christina — we’re so happy you enjoyed this!
Yum! Had to google fire roasted tomatoes as not something you find in my local store here in the U.K But was a delicious, fresh and filling meal!
We’re so glad you enjoyed this, Victoria! :)
I made it for dinner tonight in an attempt to use some basil that I grew in my garden. It was absolutely delicious. I will definitely be making it again in the near future.
Exactly what my tastebuds were looking for. Made this today and the verdict: Craving satisfied.
I used fresh parsely as I did not have fresh basil around. Also used dried thyme instead of dried oregano, and doubled the quantity of dried basil. Turned out really great. Hope I can share photos. Kinda proud moment for me. Thanks for the recipe!
Are both cans of tomatoes supposed to be drained? Or just the fire roasted? I will be making this tomorrow. I have made plenty of your recipes and have loved every one of them! Thank you
This recipe was good and easy to make. Will keep this recipe as an easy weeknight meal.