Lightened up shrimp cooked in a creamy garlic infused pesto cream sauce. This quick 15-minute one-pan dish is packed full of flavor and heavenly tossed with pasta. Shrimp and pesto are a combo made in heaven. Add mushrooms, tomatoes and your favorite veggies to take it to the next level. Toss in pasta cooked al dente and you’ve got yourself a flavor-packed fancy looking dinner in under 15 minutes.
We added mushrooms and cherry tomatoes but the possibilities are endless. Blanched broccoli or asparagus are a few of our favorites. Use home-made pesto or your favorite jarred brand!
To make the pesto creamy, we used heavy cream but half and half will also work. If you will be tossing the shrimp into pasta, boil the water for the pasta before you start making the shrimp. That way, the pasta is ready when you need it for the shrimp.
Creamy Garlic Pesto Shrimp
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pound jumbo shrimp peeled and deveined
- salt and pepper
- 3-4 garlic cloves minced
- 1 cup mushrooms sliced
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes sliced in half
- 1/3 cup pesto
- 1 cup heavy creamy or half and half
- 1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese optional
- 8 oz pasta cooked to al dente and drained
Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add the shrimp and cook for 1 minute. Add the garlic, mushrooms, and tomatoes. Stir to combine and cook for 1-2 minutes or until shrimp are almost pink.
Add pesto, heavy creamy and grated parmesan cheese. Simmer for 3-4 minutes or until the sauce has slightly thickened.
Add the cooked pasta and stir until the pasta is coated if desired.
Nutritional info per serving without pasta:
Nutritional per serving with 1 cup pasta: