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Basil Pesto Pasta & Shrimp

Basil Pesto Pasta & Shrimp

I love the food opportunities a Sunday presents! It’s a great day to play around with new recipes and old. That is exactly how this Basil Pesto Pasta & Shrimp recipe came about.

Sunday always seems to be a day to wake up thinking about food. This is the day we make a big breakfast and dinner. It’s also a day I experiment with my one-pan dishes for the family and for Burnt Macaroni.

This recipe shows you don’t have to make everything by hand. I make no bones about it — I struggle with making basil pesto. So I decided to use basil pesto we bought for a wine and cheese night in this pasta. It makes this dish so much easier and more manageable.  It’s nice to not have to worry about making the basil pesto.

Basil Pesto Pasta & Shrimp

And look at the end result! It’s the perfect date night pasta dish!  Just add some red wine and french bread and you are set.

Basil Pesto Pasta & Shrimp

I started with the shrimp. We used a pound of 30-40 count shrimp. I sauteed it with a little garlic for only a few minutes until pink on each side.

Basil Pesto Pasta & Shrimp

The shrimp looks like this when it’s done. You never want your shrimp to be hard — that’s the sigh of over-cooked shrimp.

Basil Pesto Pasta & Shrimp

I also threw together whatever vegetables we had in our refrigerator. I found broccoli, zucchini, and red onion. This also sauteed in olive oil for a few minutes.

I tend to like my veggies a little crispy so it turns out a little brown.

Basil Pesto Pasta & Shrimp

I used rigatoni for the pasta but you can use whatever you want. Follow directions on the box for your pasta.

Basil Pesto Pasta & Shrimp

Next, I started layering the dish with the pasta on the bottom.  I then added the cooked veggies.

Basil Pesto Pasta & Shrimp

The shrimp went on top followed by the pre-made basil pesto. I used 6 tablespoons to cover the dish. The amount really depends on how thick you like the sauce or pesto.

Basil Pesto Pasta & Shrimp

Mix it all together and add some fresh parmesan cheese and you are set.

Basil Pesto Pasta & Shrimp

This really is the perfect date night dish!

Enjoy!

Basil Pesto Pasta with Shrimp

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound 30-40 ct Shrimp peeled
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1/2 medium Red Onion chopped
  • Small Zucchini chopped
  • Broccoli cut into bite size pieces
  • 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Rigatoni Pasta
  • 6 tablespoons pre-made Basil Pesto
  • Parmesan Cheese shredded

Instructions

  1. Heat up 2 tablespoons of olive oil and saute garlic for about 30 seconds
  2. Add the shrimp and cook for a couple of minutes on each side until the shrimp is pink
  3. Remove from heat and keep in a separate bowl
  4. In a separate pot, cook the pasta as directed
  5. In original pan, heat up another tablespoon of olive oil and saute vegetables for a few minutes until browned
  6. In a large bowl, add drained, cooked pasta, vegetables, and shrimp
  7. Add 6 tablespoons of the pre-made basil pesto and mix together completely
  8. Shred fresh parmesan cheese on top
  9. Serve

Recipe Notes

There are many ways to vary up this recipe. You can use chicken instead of shrimp or go without any meat or fish at all. Other veggies can also be used.

 

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As a married-mother of two, Chris understands the demand on all families when it comes to dinner-time. She started her food blog, Burnt Macaroni, because she wanted to make that process easier for her family and others. Follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram as she teaches herself and her kids how to cook!

24 Comments

  • candy
    05.24.16 at 7:51 am

    All my favorite ingredients, like you add broccoli and red onion.

    Reply
    • Chris
      05.27.16 at 7:57 am

      It’s the perfect combination Candy:)

      Reply
  • Emily @ Recipes to Nourish
    05.24.16 at 11:10 am

    This sounds so good! Love pesto so much and love all of the other flavors too. Yum!

    Reply
    • Chris
      05.27.16 at 7:57 am

      It’s really good Emily!

      Reply
  • Elise
    05.24.16 at 11:32 am

    This dish looks amazing. I love sea food & can’t wait to try this!

    – Elise
    http://www.prettyandfun.com

    Reply
    • Chris
      05.27.16 at 7:57 am

      You will love it Elise!

      Reply
  • Kamara
    05.24.16 at 12:44 pm

    Oh, delicious. I LOVE basil (and pasta) – thanks for sharing your recipe!

    Reply
    • Chris
      05.27.16 at 7:58 am

      Kamara I agree — basil is the perfect herb:)

      Reply
  • Amy Scott
    05.24.16 at 2:36 pm

    Love that it’s not entirely from scratch. I am not the most knowledgeable cook! I love anything pesto and anything shrimp though so this one’s for me!

    Reply
    • Chris
      05.27.16 at 7:59 am

      Thanks Amy! We always need a little help in the kitchen:)

      Reply
  • Lauren
    05.24.16 at 3:40 pm

    Yum! I love shrimp with Parm cheese! This looks delicious!

    Reply
    • Chris
      05.27.16 at 7:59 am

      Thanks Lauren!

      Reply
  • Kristen Kavan
    05.24.16 at 4:44 pm

    this is a perfect date night meal! I LOVE this and I love anything and everything basil! Thanks for sharing this! xx

    Reply
    • Chris
      05.27.16 at 8:00 am

      You’re welcome Kristen — you will love it!

      Reply
  • Joanna
    05.24.16 at 6:54 pm

    The combination of shrimp and pesto sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing:)

    Reply
    • Chris
      05.27.16 at 8:00 am

      I can’t wait for you to try it Joanna!

      Reply
  • Sophia
    05.24.16 at 7:44 pm

    Those shrimp look good and anything with pesto on it makes my day.

    Reply
    • Chris
      05.27.16 at 8:01 am

      Yay — I’m so glad! Let me know how you like it!

      Reply
  • Betsy
    05.24.16 at 8:54 pm

    Yum! I always love finding simple shrimp recipes for a weeknight dinner.

    Reply
    • Chris
      05.27.16 at 8:01 am

      It’s the perfect meal Betsy!

      Reply
  • Heather Davis
    05.25.16 at 1:36 pm

    I make basil pesto chicken but this recipe with shrimp sounds even better.

    Reply
    • Chris
      05.27.16 at 8:01 am

      It’s really good Heather — I can’t wait for you to try it.

      Reply
  • Nicole
    06.02.16 at 12:14 pm

    Wow! That looks amazing!

    Reply
    • Chris
      06.04.16 at 8:25 am

      Thanks so much Nicole!

      Reply

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