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Roasted pepper and ouzo shrimp spaghetti

This flavorful recipe is the Mediterranean way to enjoy seafood! Use your favorite type of pasta and make a delicious, low-fat dinner.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword ouzo, roasted pepper, shrimp, spaghetti
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 2
Author The Hungry Bites


  • 2 ripe tomatoes
  • 2 red bell peppers or sweet horn peppers
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 star anise
  • 1/4 cup ouzo
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste, optional, for stronger tomato flavor
  • 10 large shrimp (5 per person)
  • 5-8 basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon pepper flakes (bukovo, hot or sweet)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese for serving

  • 1/2 pound spaghetti or the equivalent of two servings


  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C)

  2. Cut the tomatoes in half and place them cut-side up on the baking pan with the peppers. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until peppers are charred and fragrant.

    Cut the peppers in half, remove seeds and peel off their skins. Peel the skins off the tomatoes also.

    Blend the tomatoes and peppers in a blender (or process in a food processor) until smooth.

  3. Rinse shrimp, remove their heads and peel them. Wrap shells and heads with a piece of cheesecloth and secure with kitchen twine.
  4. Place the cheesecloth in a pot and fill with enough water to boil the pasta. When the water starts to boil remove the cheesecloth, add the pasta and some salt and cook according to directions but one minute less.

    Drain and set aside.

  5. While pasta is cooking, sauté the onion with the star anise and olive oil in a large saucepan or skillet over medium/high heat until soft, about 3-5 minutes.
  6. Add the pepper/tomato puree, tomato paste (optional), ouzo, basil, salt, and pepper and boil for 1 minute or until the alcohol has evaporated.

    Add the shrimp and cook for 4-5 minutes (depending on their size).

  7. When shrimp is almost done, add the spaghetti into the saucepan and stir gently to loosen it up. Reduce heat to low and cook for 1 more minute.
  8. Sprinkle with bukovo and feta cheese and serve immediately.


Recipe Notes

You can skip the roasting step if you want to save time.