Shrimp Pesto Pasta

Published Date
December 31st 2022
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Fresh pesto is best when tossed with pasta. Add sautéed shrimp, green peas, and fresh basil; you've got the perfect elegant yet simple dinner or lunch. First fresh basil, spinach, garlic, shallots, salt, black pepper, pecans, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil are pulsed to create a delicious pesto. Then the pesto is tossed with pasta, green peas, and basil to create a filling, hearty meal. The only thing that can make this meal better is butter bread or vegan garlic bread.

Why is pesto so fattening?

Pesto contains large amounts of oil, nuts, and Parmesan cheese. Although these are healthy fats, if you eat pesto too much without exercising, you may experience weight gain.   

What meat goes good with pesto pasta?

Pesto pasta works well with several types of meat including pork, chicken, beef, and seafood.  

Is pesto pasta unhealthy?

Both pesto and pasta have a lot of calories. Additionally, pasta is high in carbs which can be unhealthy if overeaten. So, it's best to eat pesto pasta in moderation.   

How much pesto should I add to pasta?

Generally, the average serving of pasta is about 1/2 cup. Add 1/4 cup of pesto for every 1/2 cup of pasta.   
Author: Sarah Leadon
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
4 persons




Place all the pesto ingredients into a blender and pulse until the ingredients are minced.   
Mixing the pesto sauce
Cook the tagliatelle in a pot of salted boiling water according to the package directions. Save 1 cup of pasta water, then drain the tagliatelle in a colander and set it aside.   
Draining cooked pasta
Place the butter into a deep skillet and set it over medium-high heat.   
Prepare skillet
Add the shrimp to the skillet in an even layer. Sprinkle them with salt and pepper and cook them for 1 minute.   
Cooking shrimp
Turn the shrimp over and cook them for another minute. Remove the shrimp from the skillet and place them onto a plate.   
Turning shrimp
Add the pesto to the skillet along with the tagliatelle pasta and toss to coat it in the pesto.   
Mixing pasta with the pesto sauce
Add the pasta water 1/4 cup at a time until the sauce reaches your desired consistency.   
Adding pasta water
Add the crushed red pepper flakes, green peas, and shrimp and toss to combine. Cook the shrimp pesto pasta for 1 minute until the shrimp and peas are heated through.   
Adding shrimp and seaonings
Place the shrimp pesto pasta into a serving dish and garnish it with basil. 
Serving the Shrimp Pesto Pasta

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