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I love a great pasta dish. As a self-proclaimed “foodie” I have to admit, there’s no better comfort food than a hot bowl of pasta. This week I was struggling to figure out what I wanted to make. I stumbled upon an awesome recipe that seemed simple and incorporated my love of pesto and pasta. This Sun-dried Tomato Basil Pesto Shrimp Pasta turned out perfectly. The pesto was divine and I will never say no to a recipe that contains shrimp! I’m writing this blog with a belly full of some of my favorite flavors and I’m already looking forward to the leftovers!

There was some mild drama while gathering the ingredients I needed for the recipe. Apparently, a grocery store in my area is in the process of moving to a new location. I normally head to the Wegmans which is a bit further from my home, but today I strived to keep it local. As I walked into this local grocery store, it was virtually empty. Of course! I knew I should have gone to Wegmans against my better judgment. I considered buying all the ingredients I could find there but instead, I pushed my cart out and went to reliable Wegmans. They truly do have everything I need and who doesn’t love a good one stop shop!

Pesto is not only one of my favorite things to eat but also something I love to make. I’ve nailed down my perfect pesto, but I do tend to try to tweak my recipe and try different takes on this special sauce. Today I tried pesto with a twist, sun-dried tomatoes! I had some reservations that the tomatoes would drastically change the flavor profile. Ultimately, this pesto provided a quick and easy tomato sauce alternative that packed a distinct and delicious taste that I could not get enough of. The pesto is pretty thick in consistency, but that gets taken care of once we incorporate the reserved liquid from cooking the pasta. If you’re a pesto fan like me, this is definitely a recipe you will want to try!

Sun-dried Pesto Shrimp Pasta

What You Need:DSC_0125

  • 1 pound linguine
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 to 2 cups reserved pasta water
  • cup grated Parmesan cheese
Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Pesto
  • 2 8.5 oz. jar sun-dried tomatoes in oil
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 small shallot, peeled
  • 4 Tbsp. almonds
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 2 tsp. salt

Instructions:
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  • Cook the pasta in salted water. Once al dente, drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water.
  • Meanwhile, add Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Pesto ingredients to a food processor and process until finely chopped.
  • Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Pesto and saute for 1 minute.
  • Add shrimp and continue to saute just until shrimp are opaque.
  • Stir in Parmesan cheese until mostly melted, then add pasta and toss to coat, adding enough reserved pasta water to moisten to desired consistency (I used a cup and a half).
  • Garnish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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  • Cook the pasta in salted water. Once al dente, drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water.DSC_0131.JPG
  • Meanwhile, add Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Pesto ingredients to a food processor and process until finely chopped.
  • Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Pesto and saute for 1 minute. DSC_0136.JPG
  • Add shrimp and continue to saute just until shrimp are opaque.
  • Stir in Parmesan cheese until mostly melted, then add pasta and toss to coat, adding enough reserved pasta water to moisten to desired consistency (I used a cup and a half).
  • Garnish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Serve and enjoy!DSC_0152.JPG

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2 comments

  1. This looks really good. I don’t have enough basil or sun-dried tomatoes on hand to attempt this today which is a real pity because I do have the shrimp. However, I’ll be sure to add these ingredients to my grocery list for next trip!

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