Creamy Tomato Pesto Shrimp Pasta is a delightfully easy and flavourful shrimp pasta recipe to make for the perfect weeknight dinner or any occasion. The ingredients are simple; seasoned shrimp, basil pesto, cherry tomatoes, garlic, and fresh linguine pasta tossed in a delicious homemade cream sauce!
Course Fish & Seafood, Main Dishes & Entrees, Noodles & Pasta, Quick, Easy & Under 30
Cuisine American, Italian
1 Large Skillet
1 Wooden Spoon
1lbShrimppeeled and deveined
1cupHeavy Creamor cooking cream
1/3cupParmesan Cheeseshredded, plus more for serving
Salt & Pepperto taste
1tbspFresh Parsleychopped, for garnish
Cook linguine pasta according to package instructions. Once al dente, drain and set aside.
In a bowl, add shrimp and season with salt and pepper to taste, minced garlic and one tablespoon of basil pesto; mix until well coated and set aside.
In a large skillet, melt butter and sauté shrimp until cooked, about 2 to 3 minutes depending on size. Remove from heat, transfer to a plate and set aside.
Add remaining (one tablespoon) of basil pesto to the skillet. Then, add cooking cream, cherry tomatoes, parmesan cheese and juice from half a lemon. Allow sauce to simmer and thicken. Then use the back of a wooden spoon to crush the tomatoes into the sauce. Taste test the sauce, and adjust as needed. Add pasta and shrimp to the skillet and toss with tongs to coat.
Garnish with fresh chopped parsley, freshly grated Parmesan cheese and a lemon wedge as desired. Serve warm and enjoy.
How to Know When Shrimp is Cooked - shrimp like most seafood cook fairly fast around 2-3 minutes per side, as opposed to other kinds of protein. There are two visual cues you can use to ensure you don't overcook your shrimp - colour and shape.See detailed notes above for additional notes and tips.
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