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Tender sauteed shrimp are tossed with pasta in a creamy basil and green olive pesto in this recipe for quick and easy shrimp pesto pasta. Dairy-free if you make my homemade pesto! | justalittlebitofbacon.com #italianrecipes #dinnerrecipes #pasta #shrimp #pestopasta #italianpasta
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Shrimp Pesto Pasta with Walnuts

Tender sauteed shrimp are tossed with pasta in a creamy basil and green olive pesto in this recipe for quick and easy shrimp pesto pasta. Dairy-free if you make my homemade pesto!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pesto pasta, shrimp pesto pasta
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 600kcal
Author justalittlebitofbacon

Ingredients

  • 1 lb large shrimp, thawed, shells and tails removed
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 12 oz short pasta, such as cavatappi, gemelli, or rotini
  • 1 cup green olive pesto, or purchased pesto

Instructions

  • Toss the shrimp with the salt, paprika, cayenne, and olive oil. Set aside.
  • Heat a large pot of water for the pasta. Salt it well and cook to package directions. Scoop out 1 cup of water from the pot and drain.
  • Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add the shrimp and saute, turning once or twice, until cooked through, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Transfer the pasta to a serving bowl and mix with the pesto and about 1/4 cup of the water. If it still seems dry, add some more water until you are happy.
  • Add the shrimp and toss.
  • Optional: Add extra toasted walnuts, basil leaves, and/or chopped green olives (all ingredients in the pesto) to the dish.

Notes

  • Pasta: I used cavatappi in the recipe, also known as cellentani.
  • Pesto: The green olive pesto I call for has a great flavor which pairs well with the dish. You will need about half a recipe here. You may also use a store bought, though you will likely need a little less, 1/2 cup - 3/4 cup.
  • Work Flow: You can make the pesto a day or two ahead, or prepare it while the shrimp is marinating.

Nutrition

Calories: 600kcal