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Creamy Tomato Pesto Shrimp Pasta

Creamy Tomato Pesto Shrimp Pasta

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!
4.50 from 8 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Fish & Seafood, Main Dishes & Entrees, Noodles & Pasta, Quick, Easy & Under 30
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 846 kcal


  • 1 Large Skillet
  • 1 Wooden Spoon
  • 1 Tongs


  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1 lb Shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp Basil Pesto divided
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream or cooking cream
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese shredded, plus more for serving
  • 1/2 cup Cherry Tomatoes halved
  • 454 gram Linguine
  • 1/2 Lemon freshly squeezed
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Parsley chopped, 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.


Calories: 846kcalCarbohydrates: 90gProtein: 43gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 20gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 285mgSodium: 421mgPotassium: 680mgFiber: 4gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1444IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 259mgIron: 3mg
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