20-Minute Pesto Pasta Recipe With Shrimp Doesn't Skimp on Flavor by Donna John

Pasta Seafood Dinner
2 years ago

20-Minute Pesto Pasta Recipe With Shrimp Doesn't Skimp on Flavor

Pesto pasta is one of my favorite recipes to make. Usually the protein is chicken, but this time I decided to use shrimp. Using shrimp actually made this pesto pasta recipe even quicker to make.

Because I make batches of pesto in the summer when my basil plants are thriving, I always have homemade pesto on hand. But a jar or container of refrigerated store-bought pesto works, too. Serve this easy dinner with a salad and bread.

Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1/2 - 1 pound medium to large shrimp, cleaned and deveined 
  • olive oil
  • 12 ounces spaghetti noodles, cooked according to package directions for al dente
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) pesto or 1 cup homemade basil pesto
  • grated Parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat about 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet. Add the shrimp and cook on one side until beginning to brown, about 2 to 3 minutes, depending on size of shrimp. Flip the shrimp over and cook until opaque and cooked through, about 2 minutes more.
  3. Add the pesto and cooked pasta to the skillet. Toss to coat. Serve with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

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Large Skillets $10 & Up
Basil Pesto $3 & Up
Olive Oil $4 & Up

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I don’t think I’ve tried pesto on shrimp. Sounds tasty so I’ll give it a go!
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