Shrimp & Spinach Pesto Pasta

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Pesto is such a rich, flavorful sauce. You may be surprised at just how easy it is to whip up a batch. It’s the star ingredient in this simple but delicious Shrimp & Spinach Pesto Pasta. 

Shrimp & spinach pesto pasta

Pesto

There are so many wonderful things about pesto. The no-cook sauce comes together in less than 10 minutes. The flavor rich sauce is perfect to add to all sorts of dishes including shrimp & chicken. With pine nuts and olive oil it is packed with healthy fats. It also freezes well. 

pesto blends up quickly in the food processor

Shrimp & Spinach Pesto Pasta Recipe

Garlic, basil, pine nuts, parmesan cheese and olive oil blend together to give this dish delicious flavor. You will have extra pesto leftover. Save and freeze the extra sauce to use with other dishes. According to the FIXATE Cookbook, 2 teaspoons of pesto equals 1 teaspoon for your container counts. 

This recipe makes 4 servings. Each serving is 1/2 cup pasta, 3/4 cup shrimp, 1 cup spinach and 2 teaspoons pesto. 

Shrimp and spinach pesto pasta

Ingredients

  • 4 oz whole wheat pasta
  • 24 ounces shrimp
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 1 teaspoon chopped or minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 4 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

pesto for shrimp and spinach pasta

Instructions

  1. Boil water and cook pasta according to package directions. During the last 2 minutes of cooking add spinach. Drain pasta and spinach. 
  2. While pasta cooks, combine garlic & pine nuts in a food processor or blender. Blend for about 30 seconds or until coarsely chopped. 
  3. Add basil, parmesan cheese and olive oil. Blend for about a minute until smooth. 
  4. Grill shrimp for about 3 minutes on each side or until opaque. 
  5. Top pasta & spinach with shrimp and 2 teaspoons pesto. 

Container counts = 1 Green, 1 Red, 1 Yellow, 1 tsp

Shrimp & Spinach Pesto Pasta

Shrimp & Spinach Pesto Pasta

Yield: 4 servings
Pesto is such a rich, flavorful sauce. You may be surprised at just how easy it is to whip up a batch. It's the star ingredient in this simple but delicious Shrimp & Spinach Pesto Pasta. 

Ingredients

  • 4 oz whole wheat pasta
  • 24 ounces shrimp
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 1 teaspoon chopped or minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 4 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Boil water and cook pasta according to package directions. During the last 2 minutes of cooking add spinach. Drain pasta and spinach. 
  2. While pasta cooks, combine garlic & pine nuts in a food processor or blender. Blend for about 30 seconds or until coarsely chopped. 
  3. Add basil, parmesan cheese and olive oil. Blend for about a minute until smooth. 
  4. Grill shrimp for about 3 minutes on each side or until opaque. 
  5. Top pasta & spinach with shrimp and 2 teaspoons pesto. 

Notes

This recipe makes 4 servings. Each serving is 1/2 cup pasta, 3/4 cup shrimp, 1 cup spinach and 2 teaspoons pesto. 

Container counts = 1 Green, 1 Red, 1 Yellow, 1 tsp


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