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Shrimp All'Amatricana Recipe Paired with Malbec

Patterson Watkins

We've partnered with Cameron's Seafood to bring you some delicious recipes paired with some of our recent Gold Wine Club wines! Challenging the norm with this recipe for Shrimp All’Amatricana paired with the delightful Camino D’Oro 2016 Gran Reserva Malbec. Malbec is traditionally known as the ‘red meat’, challenge accepted...let’s pair with seafood!

All’Amatricana is this classic Italian pasta dish with an incredible spice factor. The combination of cracked black pepper and crushed red chili flakes sautéed with the garlic and onion blooms these flavors and makes an irresistible pair for this jammy well-balanced California Malbec. Malbec stands up well to a bit of spice and the present (but not aggressive) tannins don’t over power the shrimp, that little pop of palate acidity adds a lovely note as well.

March is also a lovely time of year to spice it up a bit, so to speak. Chilly temperatures call for some heat.


Shrimp All’Amatricana
Shrimp All’Amatricana

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
Serves 4


All’Amatricana Sauce:
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
• 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
• 4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
• 1/2 cup yellow onions, peeled and minced
• 1/2 cup Camino D’Oro 2016 Gran Reserva Malbec
• 3 cups crushed tomatoes

• 4 tablespoons kosher salt
• 1 lb. dried spaghetti or bucatini

• 2 tablespoons butter, cut into cubes
• 1-2lbs. Cameron’s Seafood Fresh Shrimp, peeled
• Salt to taste

• Fresh chopped basil
• Grated pecorino romano or parmesan cheese

1. Heat oil in a medium sauce pot over medium high heat. Sauté pepper flakes and black pepper together with the garlic and onions (this helps bloom the peppery flavor) for 2 minutes, just until onions are tender.

2. Deglaze pan with wine, reduce heat to medium and bring to a simmer. Simmer wine for about 2-3 minutes or until reduced by half. Stir in tomatoes, cover and continue to simmer (stirring regularly) for 5 minutes. Set aside on another burner on very low heat.

3. Fill an extra large pot with water and season with salt. Cook spaghetti noodles until just under al dente. Strain out the noodles, reserving the pasta water. Rinse noodles with cold water and set aside.

4. In a large sauté pan melt butter over medium high heat. Sauté shrimp for 2 minutes or until just pink. Ladle in all’amatricana sauce and one ladle full of pasta water. Toss in spaghetti and lightly simmer just until sauce coats the noodles and shrimp are cooked, about 4 minutes). Add in more pasta water if the sauce gets to thick. Season to taste with salt.

5. Portion pasta into bowls and serve topped with basil and grated pecorino or parmesan.


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Camino D’Oro 2016 Gran Reserva Malbec
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Patterson Watkins Author Bio: Patterson Watkins is a professional chef with over 17 years of experience. With a robust career in restaurants, contract dining and catering (including 4 Summer Olympic posts preparing food for the athletes!). Patterson switched gears and started focusing her talents consulting online and working with delicious food and beverage companies.

• Bachelors of Science in Culinary Nutrition from Johnson and Wales University.
• Advanced Studies with the Wine School of Philadelphia.
• Over 40 countries visited (plus wined and dined) and counting.