Pesto Pasta with Shrimp
We visited friends in the Georgia mountains a little while back. Besides being a totally relaxing place to exist - in the middle of nature and creeks and bears - it ends up being a culinary adventure each time we go. This time my friend Scott made pesto pasta with shrimp...it tasted like summer on a plate.
Scott and I share a love of all things "Ina." His pesto recipe happened to be one of hers. I really do believe you can put pesto on almost anything. Pasta and pesto works well with almost any veggie or protein-super flexible.
Other pesto usage ideas:
-Toss with tomatoes. onions, avocado for a quick side salad
-Dot pesto on top of cheese toast with pan seared tomatoes
- I love pesto with eggs...in an omelette or on toast under a runny egg - yum!
Shrimp Pesto Pasta
-Pesto, I used Scott/Ina's recipe
-1 pkg fresh Linguine or pasta of your
choice, about 9 oz
-1 lb Shrimp, peeled and deveined
-Red pepper flakes (optional)
-1 to 2 Tbsp Oil for sauteing shrimp
1-Make the pesto and set aside at room temperature.
2-Start your pasta water over high heat with a generous serving of salt.
3-Prepare shrimp for cooking. Pat them dry and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
4-Add pasta to the boiling water for the recommended time on the pasta package.
5-Preheat a skillet with a drizzle of oil to medium heat and saute shrimp for 2 to 3 minutes per
side.Remove from skillet so that they don't overcook. Remove tails if needed.
6-Add about half the pesto to a serving bowl. Top with pasta and red pepper flakes (if using) and
toss to coat every noodle. Add more pesto if desired. Save a little pesto for the side and to drizzle
over the top and shrimp.
7-Top the pasta with shrimp and drizzle more pesto on top.
*A nice baguette goes well with this meal...be sure you save some pesto for dipping - Enjoy!
Wine pairing: Sauvignon Blanc
I've tried 2 with this meal: Touraine, Loire Valley, France (left)-Sancerre, Loire Valley, France (right)