Shrimp Pomodoro with Rotini Pasta

Today was Mother’s Day and my kids were so excited to make the day extra special for Janna. Ben woke up at 5am to hang a banner and little coloured hearts that he and Eli made the day before. He wanted to make sure that it was all up before Janna was awake.

So cute!

I have got to say that I was highly impressed because he thought of this himself and executed it without my help. This effort by Ben made it all the more special to Janna and I think she felt the love!

Over the next couple days I will post some of the food made for Mother’s Day but today the dish I want to share with you is a dish I made a couple of days before. I look for any excuse to use shrimp and this pomodoro sauce is the perfect example. Chicken, beef and even pork sausage is common in tomato based Italian pasta sauces but seafood goes wonderfully well. I used shrimp in this sauce but it could easily be substituted with calamari, mussels or some other type of seafood.

The pomodoro sauce is made with a can of diced tomatoes. Years ago I would use cans of premade Italian tomato/spaghetti sauce for any tomato based sauce but have since found that diced tomatoes or cans of crushed strained tomatoes can create a fresher sauce and you can add the specific spices to your preference. I far prefer making pomodoro sauce this way.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 -6
Author Steve Cylka


  • 1 pound uncooked shrimp , peeled and deveined
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion , minced
  • 3 celery stalks , thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper , diced
  • 3 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 800 ml /28oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 170 ml /6oz can tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 tbsp basil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 500 g dry rotini pasta


  • Cook pasta according to directions on the package. Set aside.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add onion, celery, pepper and garlic and cook until tender, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the white wine and cook a few minutes or until evaporated.
  • Stir in the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar and spices. Bring to a boil and lower heat to a simmer. Cook, stirring often, for 15-20 minutes.
  • Stir in the shrimp, cover with a lid, and cook until the shrimp is cooked through. This should take anywhere from 5-10 minutes depending on the size of the shrimp.
  • Stir in the parmesan cheese and cooked rotini pasta. Serve immediately.



About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.


  1. I like the idea of the tomato chunks instead of the sauce as well. I am beginning to like the lighter pasta dishes as opposed to the thick lasagna type. Well done!

  2. I love pomodoro sauce. This looks delightful, Steve!

  3. This pasta looks wonderful! It sounds like your kids really made an effort to make it a great mothers day 🙂

  4. How special that the kids went to all that effort for mom, all by themselves 🙂

  5. What a wonderful Mother’s Day for your wife. You’re kids sound perfectly lovely for doing all these sweet things for her special day. Can they write a “how to” so my kids can follow suit? 🙂 I love shrimp and pasta and this pomodoro sauce sounds fantastic. Looking forward to all the Mother’s day recipes as well. Have a great week~ Ramona

  6. This looks so fresh and delicious!

  7. very nice pasta! looks delicious

  8. This is incredible Steve! I love the tomato chunks you used. The pomodoro sauce sounds delicious.

  9. You’re killing me with all this shrimp, Steve!!

  10. This shrimp pomodoro pasta looks like the perfect light summer dish.

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