Rainbows and Dragonflies

Recipe: Pesto Shrimp Pasta

Posted on: November 3, 2011

Pesto Shrimp Pasta

This delectable pasta dish features swirls of tender angel hair, plump shrimp, and grape tomatoes tossed with pesto. Garnish with sprigs of basil just before serving for extra color and a burst of freshness.

Prep: 8 minutes; Cook: 15 minutes

  • YIELD: 4 servings (serving size: 1 cup shrimp pasta and 1 tablespoon cheese)
  • COOK TIME:15 Minutes
  • PREP TIME:8 Minutes
  • COURSE: Main Dishes


  • 4 ounces uncooked angel hair pasta
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 1/4 pounds peeled and deveined large shrimp
  • 1/4 cup commercial pesto, divided
  • 1 cup halved grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) shaved fresh Parmesan cheese
  • Basil sprigs (optional)


1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain.

2. While pasta cooks, bring 6 cups water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add shrimp; cook 2 to 3 minutes or until done. Drain shrimp; toss with 2 tablespoons pesto and tomatoes. Stir in pasta and 2 tablespoons pesto. Top with cheese. Garnish with basil, if desired.


1 Response to "Recipe: Pesto Shrimp Pasta"

I grow both grape tomatoes and basil in my garden so this is one of my favorite dishes (with a slight variation). Like the way you think!

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