Gambas al Pil-Pil (Sizzling Hot Chili Shrimp)

Tapa Recipe, shrimp recipe


Gambas al Pil-Pil (Sizzling Hot Chili Shrimp)

Gambas (shrimp) al pil pil, is a simple, traditional, delicious Spanish tapa that is easy to prepare.



8 ounces uncooked medium shrimp, peeled, deveined

1 teaspoon coarse salt

1/4 cup olive oil

2 garlic cloves

1 (1-inch) piece dried red chili pepper, seeded or 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Pinch paprika

1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley


Place shrimp in bowl; sprinkle with coarse salt and toss. Let stand 15 minutes. Pat dry. Heat oil in medium skillet over high heat. Add garlic, and dried pepper and stir. When garlic browns, discard it and the dried chili. Add shrimp; stir until just cooked through, about 2 minutes. Transfer to serving dish with the oil. Sprinkle with paprika and parsley

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Pasta e Fagioli Recipe

Tuscan recipe, Italy recipe Pasta e Fagioli

Throughout Tuscany, and indeed, all of Italy, Pasta e Fagioli (pasta and bean soup) is served. Delightful on a winter’s day, this hearty soup is easy to make. For a vegetarian version, omit the pancetta.


4 tablespoons of olive oil
3 small garlic cloves, minced
2 ounces of finely chopped pancetta
One 16-ounce can of Italian plum tomatoes, crushed, in sauce
½ teaspoon of dried basil
½ teaspoon of dried oregano
2 tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley, or one tablespoon dried
One 15-ounce can of cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
8 ounces of small elbow macaroni.
Salt and pepper to taste (to spice it up, add ¼ teaspoon of red pepper flakes)
Grated Parmigianino Reggiano cheese


Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat; add pancetta and brown, about 5 minutes. Then add garlic and sauté until golden, less than 2 minutes should do. Stir in tomatoes and cook 5 minutes. Add parsley, basil and oregano and simmer until tomatoes are soft, stirring occasionally. Add beans and cook for another 10 minutes. Do not boil, maintain medium heat. When ready to serve, add cooked pasta and mix. Serve with grated cheese sprinkled generously on top.