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Farfalle with Mild Gambas

Remember the Spicy Gambas that I shared with you in September??? It is considered as the spiciest seafood dish in the Philippines, wherein Gambas(prawns) are cooked with siling labuyo(bird's eye chili) in tomato sauce. Though really spicy, this has been my favorite since my childhood days and I consider it as one of the best dishes that my father used to make. When I learned to cook, I’ve modified it to my taste and put twists on it depending on the occasion. For the holidays, I love using it as pasta sauce. When cooked with less chili pepper, Gambas would make a delicious sauce for any kind of pasta.

For The Shrimp Council's "12 Days of Shrimp" Promotion on it's Eat Shrimp Facebook page, I shared my Farfalle with Mild Gambas. The festive shape of farfalle combined with the awesome flavor of shrimps and the sweetness of bell pepper make this pasta dish a hit on the holiday table! 

Don't forget to check out my post on The Shrimp Council's "12 Days of Shrimp" Promotion, and find out why Christmas and this dish means so much to me. This is entry #9.

I am also giving away two sets of  this on Pinay In Texas Cooking Corner Facebook be sure to check it out! 

Have a great week everyone! 

  • 14 oz. Farfalle (bow-tie pasta)
  • 1 lb shrimps, peeled and deveined
  • 1 ½ Tbsp Fish Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon extract
  • ½ Tbsp garlic powder
  • 3 Tbsp. garlic, minced
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • ½ cup red bell pepper, seeds removed and cut into 1" strips
  • ½ cup green bell pepper, seeds removed and cut into 1" strips
  • 1 pc. anaheim pepper, seeds removed and bias sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. rice wine
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • 5 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup finely shredded parmesan cheese
1. Combine ½ Tbsp. fish sauce, lemon extract, garlic powder and 1/8 tsp black pepper in a bowl. Marinate shrimps for at least 15 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, cook farfalle according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
3. In a wok over medium heat, saute garlic in olive oil until light brown.
4. Add onion and saute until translucent.
5. Add the shrimps and saute just until they turn light pink. Remove shrimps from skillet and set aside.
6. Add anaheim and bell pepper into skillet. Saute for a minute.
7. Add tomato sauce, rice wine and remaining fish sauce. Allow to simmer for 3 minutes.
8. Add salt and pepper to suit your taste. Put back the shrimps. Add the cooked farfalle and toss until well mixed with other ingredients.
9. Remove from heat. Transfer to a serving platter and top with parmesan cheese! Serve & enjoy!


  1. This looks of my favorite food. Your presentation looks good and easy to make. Definitely must try!

  2. Bravo for you participating in the 12 days of shrimp for the council. Cool idea.
    This particular recipe does have some great fusion going on-some asian and some italian, but it works wonderfully together. You have me wishing I had some shrimp on hand to make this. Now I will pop over to read your thoughts on Christmas-have a great day!

  3. Farfalle is one of my favorite pastas and I love the sauce and gambas you added to it!

  4. Tina, I love it and will have to give it a try. I still have Anaheim peppers left from my salsa and some shrimp in the freezer. I love the second to last photo - fab!!!

  5. Another fabulous dish, Tina! I love shrimp and pasta and all your other additions must make one delicious entree! Hope you've had a great Monday!

  6. I almost always add chillies to anything I cook :P :D Chilli flakes are always added when I cook pasta :D Love that dish !

  7. I love how colorful this dish is! Great recipe!

  8. Lovely feature & great giveaway, dear! I'm a shrimp lover & this certainly adds flavour to the pasta dish :)

  9. Tina,

    Awesome perfect dish, I like to add spices to my pasta.

  10. Love them chillies in there! Spicy, sweet, savory, seafoody .... yummers!

  11. This looks so good Tina and what more with the cheese on top to balance with the rest of the ingredients you have added inside.

  12. Your Farfalle with Mild Gambas looks amazing not only the ingredients which it is combining but the whole recipe is so exotic. I just love it.

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  13. Your farfalle with gambas sounds delicious! It looks so festive and pretty too.

  14. What a colorful, tasty and filling pasta dish Tina!

  15. I DO love this recipe! It looks so colorful and healthy and easy - all good things. With a jar of preserved lemons in the fridge I will have to substitute the lemon extract with a little preserved lemon. Sounds like a recipe for next week.

  16. Wow, my sis in law would love this. Great recipe. Gorgeous pics too.

  17. Wonderful shrimp recipe Tina! You always make great pasta dish. :-)