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Pasta & Shrimp in Tomato Sauce

pasta and shrimp in tomato sauce on a plate, centered

This pasta and shrimp recipe is not like any other you've ever had before. At least, not unless you're familiar with Thailand's street food scene. This recipe is actually a childhood favorite of mine. Sometimes served during school lunches and usually part of the menu item for a push cart street vendor, this pasta and shrimp recipe is commonly known as Pad Macaroni (stir fried macaroni).

A lot of kids favor this dish because of its sweeter profile combined with the fun of eating what wasn't so common in the Thai household, pasta. Even as an adult, I still crave this dish every once in a while and so decided to give it a little twist with our very own Nam Prik Chili Sauce. This pasta dish is truly a fushion of the Western ingredients and Eastern flavor. You might wonder how ketchup and soy sauce could ever produce anything delicious, but you'll be pleasantly surprised.

 

WHAT MAKES THIS RECIPE DIFFERENT?  The major difference in this recipe from any other pasta recipe is the main sauce ingredient, which is ketchup. When you think of making tomato sauce, well, you would think about some combination of canned tomato sauce, puree, etc. I bet you wouldn't ever dream of using ketchup in your sauce now, would you? But it is truly the secret ingredient in this recipe that gives it its signature taste.

Most of the time, this dish is also made without any addition of spiciness. Who are we kidding though? To add a pleasant heat, this recipe utilizes Nam Prik Chili Sauce to elevate the flavor profile even more. It's got a nice tingly heat while you're still able to enjoy the delicious flavors of this dish.

 

close up of pasta and shrimp in tomato sauce

 

nam prik chili sauce and a plate of pasta and shrimp in tomato sauce

 


PASTA & SHRIMP IN TOMATO SAUCE

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb medium, peeled & deveined shrimp
  • 2 1/2 cup uncooked pasta
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 tomatoes on the vine, diced
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tsp Nam Prik Chili Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
 pasta and shrimp in tomato sauce and nam prik chili sauce

Instructions:

  1. Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 Tbsp of cooking oil. Fry onion and tomato until onions become translucent (about 3 minutes).
  3. Add chicken broth, soy sauce, ketchup, Nam Prik Chili Sauce, and salt. Bring mixture to a boil.
  4. Add cooked pasta and shrimp. Cook until shrimp are done.
  5. Garnish with parley and enjoy!