Tender shrimp pasta in a creamy pesto sauce makes up this one-pot 30-minutes-or less recipe. A perfect dinner for seafood lovers any night of the week!

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About Creamy Pesto Shrimp Pasta

I’m always looking for ways to make seafood at home (much to the dismay of The Steak-Loving An old friend of mine) and this, my friends, was the very first shrimp recipe I was brave enough to try.

It was a few years ago, back when I had only attempted “real” cooking a handful of times, so I did a lot of searching (read: delaying) before settling on this recipe.

It scared me just enough to make me nervous, but not enough to worry that I’d end up wasting precious shrimp.

I’d also never had pest before I made this recipe for the first time, which is so typical of me.

Because really, what better way is there to try new things than to cannonball right into the deep end with a million new experiences at once?

Creamy Pesto Shrimp Pasta! Tender shrimp pasta in a creamy pesto sauce makes up this one-pot 30-minutes-or less recipe. A perfect dinner for seafood lovers any night of the week! | HomemadeHooplah.com

But after all the worrying, my first attempt at this dish went so well that I’ve made this recipe as many times as an old friend of mine will tolerate crustaceans in his diet.

I’ve even made some minor adjustments to suit it to my liking, such as extra garlic (sorry not sorry, I just can’t help myself) and a dash of parsley on top.

Creamy Pesto Shrimp Pasta! Tender shrimp pasta in a creamy pesto sauce makes up this one-pot 30-minutes-or less recipe. A perfect dinner for seafood lovers any night of the week! | HomemadeHooplah.com

Since starting this little food blog, I’ve branched out into so many seafood recipes, from Honey Garlic Shrimp and Broccoli to Honey Walnut Shrimp as well as Italian Shimp Bake and can’t forget Shrimp, Spinach, and Tomato Pasta, and yet through it all…

I still love this recipe best.

I remember being so nervous the first time I made it and yet these days I can whip it whip it up in 30 minutes without a second thought.

Just goes to show that time and persistence does pay off!

Now if only an old friend of mine would suddenly become as obsessed with seafood as I am…

I keep feeding him shrimp dinners but so far, no luck.

Creamy Pesto Shrimp Pasta! Tender shrimp pasta in a creamy pesto sauce makes up this one-pot 30-minutes-or less recipe. A perfect dinner for seafood lovers any night of the week! | HomemadeHooplah.com

This recipe was originally posted on September 3, 2014. It received a TLC update with new photos on May 2, 2016.

notes & tips for this shrimp pasta recipe

Creamy Pesto Shrimp Pasta! Tender shrimp pasta in a creamy pesto sauce makes up this one-pot 30-minutes-or less recipe. A perfect dinner for seafood lovers any night of the week! | HomemadeHooplah.com

Recipe Details

Creamy Pesto Shrimp Pasta! Tender shrimp pasta in a creamy pesto sauce makes up this one-pot 30-minutes-or less recipe. A perfect dinner for seafood lovers any night of the week! | HomemadeHooplah.com
4.2 from 5 votes

Creamy Pesto Shrimp Pasta

5 mins prep + 15 mins cook
892 kcal
Yields: 6
Tender shrimp pasta in a creamy pesto sauce makes up this one-pot 30-minutes-or less recipe. A perfect dinner for seafood lovers any night of the week!

Ingredients 

  • 16 oz linguine
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced (optional - check your pesto sauce to see if it has garlic)
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 pinch salt to taste
  • 1 tsp fresh parsley (optional) chopped
  • 1/3 cup pesto
  • 1 lb shrimp peeled and deveined, tail on

Instructions

  • Prepare the linguine per package directions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  • While pasta cooks, melt the butter over medium heat in a large skillet Add garlic and quickly saute for 1-2 minutes, just long enough to be fragrant.
  • Pour in heavy cream and add salt and pepper to taste. Cook sauce for 6-8 minutes or until sauce starts to thicken, whisking constantly. It's important that the sauce keeps moving - you don't want the cream and butter to burn.
  • Add parmesan cheese and pesto to skillet, then whisk until smooth.
  • Add shrimp to the skillet and cook in the pesto sauce until the shrimp are pink and slightly curled, about 2-4 minutes. Be careful not to overcook.
  • When ready to serve, you can do this two ways: you can add the cooked linguine to the skillet with the sauce and shrimp, toss to coat, and then serve, OR you can serve the linguine on a dish and pour pesto & shrimp sauce on top.

Notes

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Nutrition

Calories: 892kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 56g | Saturated Fat: 32g | Cholesterol: 355mg | Sodium: 1147mg | Potassium: 309mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2060IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 391mg | Iron: 2.8mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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19 comments

    • patti

    In your recipes are you using fresh grated cheese or the one in a plastic container like craft.

    • Janet S
    • 4 stars

    The recipe needs at least 1/2 tsp salt. A “pinch” of salt is simply not enough to balance the flavor of the cream.

    The recipe makes enough sauce for at least twice this amount of shrimp. We’re going to use the leftover sauce and re-heat it with another 2 lbs of shrimp (before peeling). DO NOT leave the tails on. No one wants to pick shrimp shells out of their mouths while eating a fancy meal!

    • Sarah
    • 5 stars

    Looks very good can’t wait to make it hopefully this week. i love shrimp and creamy pasta dishes Thanks Chrisy

    • Rae

    what kind of pesto did you use?

      • Chrisy

      Hey Rae! I don’t have any brand loyalty when it comes to pesto, especially when it’s in mixed dishes like this, but I tend to buy Mezzetta brand pesto.

    • Joanna

    Hi, looks very delicious. Which pesto did you use? Cheers, Joanna

    • Patti

    I just made this for dinner-super delicious!!

    • Dee Dee (My Midlife Kitchen)

    I feel ya’ on those recipes that used to overwhelm, and are not tried-and-true dishes. I used to be the family member who could burn water, so there are a LOT of those in my arsenal! LOL This looks luscious and delicious! Kudos!

    • Healing Tomato

    What a great way to use pasta. This looks very creative. It feels like a very authentic Italian recipe

    • Thanks! I have to admit this recipe tastes better than many of the restaurant versions I’ve had. No all of them, of course, but quite a few 😀

    • Elena

    Creamy pasta with shrimp and lots of garlic is one of my favorites! I love it!

    • Julie @ Texan New Yorker

    This looks so amazing! I love any creamy pasta dish with seafood, and shrimp are especially good in my book 🙂

    • Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    I’m a little seafood obsessed, too, and your dish is on my list of things to make…SOON! Love the creaminess along with the pesto!

    • Right?! Pest and seafood together is just heaven. Thanks Patricia!

    • Michelle @ The Complete Savorist

    I’m all over this dish! It looks so rich, creamy and delicious.