The key to this super simple sauce is the tiny tomatoes. Not only are they an easy ingredient to work with, they also lend a slight sweetness to this Shrimp Fettuccine in Cherry Tomato Sauce.
1 tablespoon butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound medium or large shrimp, peeled and deveined with tails on
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes
1 (1-pound) box of fettuccine pasta
Freshly crushed black pepper
2 tablespoons basil, torn into small pieces
Fill a large pot with water. Add 2 tablespoons of salt and bring to a boil.
Melt butter in a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in garlic. Cook for 30 seconds and add shrimp. Cook shrimp, stirring frequently, until they’re pink and opaque. Remove shrimp and garlic from pan, and set aside.
Return pan to heat and add olive oil. Add onion and cook until it softens, 2-3 minutes. Toss in the whole cherry tomatoes. Cook the tomatoes for 5-6 minutes, stirring frequently. Once the tomato skins starts to split, crush them with the back of a wooden spoon. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, cook pasta until al dente — or for two minutes less than the box recommends. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water before draining.
Turn sauce to high heat, add pasta water to the sauce and bring it to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and add shrimp and garlic.
Drain pasta and toss it with the sauce until all pasta is coated. Garnish with torn basil and serve.