Shrimp Fra Diavolo

by Alli

Since my husband and I can’t make it to Italy for Valentine’s Day, I’ve got the next best thing planned. I’m bringing Tuscany to my table and the entree will be Shrimp Fra Diavolo. Fra Diavolo means “Brother Devil” in Italian because the sauce is spicy. If you don’t like spice, just leave the crushed red pepper out or don’t use as much.

With a name like Shrimp Fra Diavolo, you’re probably thinking hard, time-consuming, etc. Who has time for that? Not me! Thanks to Bertolli® Five Cheese Sauce, my Valentine’s meal will be done in less than 20 minutes! That means more time for romance!

I've got an easy, DIY Tuscan Tablescape & Shrimp Fra Diavolo in under 20 minutes. This is the perfect romantic dinner for two!

To bring Tuscany to my table, I ordered a bag of wine corks (very inexpensive) and bought some fresh hydrangeas (my fave flower) from the grocery store. Colorful placemats and DIY place card holders complete the Tuscan look.

Centerpiece for Tuscan Landscape

I used a skinny, tall vase inside a larger one. After filling the vase with water, I added my hydrangeas. Then I added corks between the skinny vase and the larger one. Don’t tell anyone, but the hydrangeas weren’t quite full enough for me, so I added some faux Allium and other faux flowers I had to make the bouquet just right. Yes, you can mix real and fake together!

Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Then I used my X-Acto knife to make a slit in the top of the cork and inserted little tags I had from a craft project from long ago. The reason I made the slit in the top and not the side of the cork is because a cork on its side will not stay still unless you flatten the bottom. I like it upright.

Shrimp Fra Diavolo

This took mere seconds to complete.

Valentine's Day Place Cards - Shrimp Fra Diavolo

I had lots of corks left over, so I filled blue mason jars with corks. You can never have too many wine corks.

Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Once the tablescape is completed, it’s time to make the Shrimp Fra Diavolo. Bertoli saves me so much time and effort and I’m intrigued by the story of how Bertoli was started.

Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Here’s the story I fell in love with: “It’s been more than 150 years since Francesco Bertolli began selling his olive oil in the small town of Lucca, Italy. In 1865, Francesco opened a small storefront business selling regional foods such as olive oil, wine, cheese and olives. In the late 1800s, Italian immigrants in America, unable to find the products to which they were accustomed, wrote to Bertolli asking for crates of olive oil. In reply, Bertolli sent orders to America and thus became the first exporter of olive oil. From its beginnings in olive oil, Bertolli today has grown to also include a broad range of Italian-inspired pasta sauce and skillet meals. Today, more than 150 years since Francesco Bertolli began selling his olive oil in Lucca, Italy, the original “Villa Bertolli” at piazza S. Donato still stands – just as Bertolli remains at the heart of the Italian-inspired cuisine enjoyed at home by millions of families around the world.”

Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Shrimp Fra Diavolo


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • I Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 8 oz. linguine
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • Bertolli® Five Cheese Sauce


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil on medium. Add diced onions and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add garlic, pepper flakes and shrimp. Saute for 3 minutes.
  4. Stir in Bertolli® Five Cheese Sauce and heat thoroughly.
  5. Serve over linguine.

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Shrimp Fra Diavolo

An Italian inspired meal wouldn’t be complete without cheese, kalamata olives and grapes. Watch out for those olive pits!

Shrimp Fra Diavolo

If you’re looking for an easy, delicious meal and tablescape for a romantic dinner for two, this is it.

Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Before you go, be sure and visit Viva Bertolli Cooking School’s website. You’ll find the most delicious recipes and 150 ways to bring Tuscany to your table. This is one of my fave websites! While you’re there, grab a coupon for Bertolli® Five Cheese Sauce. You can also follow along on Facebook and Tumbler. Ciao!

Buon Appetito! 

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Linda @ With A Blast February 8, 2016 - 5:09 am

We love shrimp and your recipe with Bertolli’s 5 cheese sauce sounds delicious ! And I agree the kalamata olives, cheese and grapes are all a must on a platter for an Italian dinner date

valmg @ From Val's Kitchen February 8, 2016 - 7:54 am

What a great idea for reusing wine corks, I’ve never seen that done. I think hubby would really enjoy this dish.

Logan February 8, 2016 - 10:56 am

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to go to Tuscany? It looks like you’ve created your own little Italy in your home. Your tablescape looks so gorgeous and the pasta looks delicious!

Jenn @ EngineerMommy February 8, 2016 - 12:27 pm

I love shrimp in pretty much any dish, and your recipe looks so delicious! I really want to try this dish for sure! I love spicy food, so this is right up my alley!

Kristen from The Road to Domestication February 8, 2016 - 1:58 pm

Your table turned out beautifully, and the meal looks divine, as always. Now I’m hungry 🙂

Liz Mays February 8, 2016 - 3:02 pm

Your table looks amazing and so does the pasta. I’d love to have a nice setup for a Shrimp Fra Diavolo meal.

Kelly February 8, 2016 - 3:11 pm

I love your tablescape. Very pretty! This looks like a delicious recipe and I will have to make it for my family.

Jaime Nicole February 8, 2016 - 4:22 pm

The recipe looks great of course – but the table may be the star! I don’t know how you manage to keep pulling together the greatest table looks – very nice!

Chris February 8, 2016 - 4:47 pm

This is tempting! This would be perfect for Valentine’s Day, I’m sure my family would love it.

Zan February 8, 2016 - 7:55 pm

Looks so Italian-y! I had not heard the story of the olive oil before but how inspiring. I am always on the hunt for good Italian recipes and your recipe sounds so easy. Thanks for the link to their site.

LyndaS February 8, 2016 - 8:18 pm

Wow! Looks like a great meal and a beautiful tablescape. I could have easily sent you the wine corks. 😉 Love your tips for entertaining and the recipe for a quick Italian dinner.

Miranda (Anosa) February 9, 2016 - 12:42 am

I am hungry just by looking at this shrimp dish, yummy! I have not had italian food in a while but I hope to fly over there soon. Loving the table decor too

Ron@MichiganHousesOnline February 9, 2016 - 2:28 am

Truly yummy recipe. Love it. Hopefully, we can try this at home too!

Rebecca Swenor February 9, 2016 - 5:58 am

This shrimp fra diavolo sounds and looks so good. It is an easy recipe and perfect with this gorgeous table set up. I love the flower center piece and the name plate settings. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea.

Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai February 9, 2016 - 10:50 am

Oh, my gosh! This looks and sounds amazing. I think Tuscany will be coming to my home soon. Love the wine cork place holders. 🙂

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Jeanine February 9, 2016 - 12:14 pm

Wow what a beautiful set up and that pasta looks so amazing. What an amazing idea. You really always have the most gorgeous set ups !

Katherine G February 10, 2016 - 12:11 pm

This looks so delicious! I would be eating this by myself since I am the only one who likes shrimp in my home.

Shirley Wood February 10, 2016 - 4:30 pm

I cracked up when you said y’all can’t make it to Italy for Valentine’s Day. I feel a little bit like Bubba Gump about shrimp so this recipe has my name on it!

Angelic Sinova February 10, 2016 - 8:31 pm

Yum, that Shrimp Fra Diavolo looks super delicious! It’s funny, I hates shrimp when I was younger but now I’m OBSESSED with it <3

Jasmine Watts February 11, 2016 - 11:26 am

The meal looks so good and delicious!! I will have to make it for myself!!

Esther | The Cuteness February 14, 2016 - 10:35 am

One of my favorite dishes ever to order at a restaurant! I’ve never made it at home though, maybe I need to try 🙂

Alli February 16, 2016 - 6:32 am

It’s so easy with Bertolli!

michele d February 16, 2016 - 5:57 pm

Alli, I could spend all day looking at your pictures from your blog. This dish looks so delicious. I can’t wait to try out your shrimp fra diavolo.

Alli February 16, 2016 - 8:16 pm

Aw, thanks! It is delish and so, so easy to make.

Crystal Nell February 19, 2016 - 5:59 pm

I love the wine corks in the vase with the flowers. Awesome idea!! My family is a huge fan of Bertolli’s sauces. Thanks for the recipe 🙂


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