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Shrimp Pesto Pasta Recipe

  • Author: Shawn Williams
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2-4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Italian


Easy pesto shrimp pasta made with fresh homemade pesto and shrimp sauteed in garlic and olive oil.


  • 8 ounces spaghetti or linguine
  • 1/2 pound large shrimp, peeled, deveined, and tails removed
  • ¾1 cup pesto sauce
  • ½ lemon, squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Grated parmesan cheese, to taste
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (if pesto is too thick)

Homemade Pesto

  • 3 cups basil leaves
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


For the pesto

  1. Combine all pesto ingredients except for the olive oil in a food processor or blender. Blend until mixed and smooth. With the motor running, add olive oil in a slow stream until combined. Pesto should not be too soupy or fine. Set aside.

For the shrimp pasta

  1. Remove tails from the shrimp by pulling the tail off the base of the shrimp, season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of olive oil and cook spaghetti al dente.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan to medium-high heat. Add olive oil, minced garlic, shrimp, and fresh squeezed lemon juice. Cook until shrimp are no longer translucent and fully cooked through. 4-5 minutes per side.
  4. Once shrimp are fully cooked, strain off any excess juice, leaving 1-2 tablespoons behind in the pan.
  5. Strain spaghetti and add to the saucepan with the shrimp. Stir in 3/4 – 1 cup of pesto until evenly coated. Serve immediately topped with freshly grated parmesan cheese if desired.


If pesto is too thick, add a ¼ cup of olive oil so it spreads easily through the pasta.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 503
  • Sugar: 4.3g
  • Sodium: 545mg
  • Fat: 27.8g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.3g
  • Carbohydrates: 48g
  • Fiber: 1.3g
  • Protein: 28.9g
  • Cholesterol: 178mg

Keywords: pesto pasta, pesto shrimp pasta


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