Spaghetti With Shrimp and Pesto 4.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Nourish Jun 16, 2016

This fragrant dish of whole-grain pasta in a lemony basil pesto sauce studded with plump shrimp is one you definitely need in your weeknight arsenal. It comes together in 20 minutes with ingredients easily kept on hand.

Serve with a simple salad.

Make Ahead: You'll have leftover pesto, which can be refrigerated -- covered with plastic wrap directly on the surface, then sealed in an airtight container -- for up to 3 days.

4 - 6

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Tested size: 4-6 servings

  • For the pesto
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 3 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • For the spaghetti
  • 12 ounces dried whole-grain spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 large cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 pound medium-to-large shrimp (26-30 count), peeled and deveined
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 small sprigs fresh basil, torn or cut into thin strips, for garnish


For the pesto: Toast the pine nuts in a small, dry skillet over medium heat until fragrant and golden brown, shaking the pan frequently, about 3 minutes. Let cool.

Transfer the toasted pine nuts to a food processor; add the chopped garlic and pulse until those ingredients are minced. Add the basil, Parmigiano-Reggiano and lemon juice; pulse until finely minced and well incorporated. With the machine running, gradually pour the oil in a steady stream through the feed tube; process to form a fairly smooth pesto. Season with the salt and pepper. The yield is 1 cup; you'll use 3/4 cup for this recipe.

For the spaghetti: Bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the pasta and cook for 1 minute less than the al- dente directions on the package. Reserve about a cup of the pasta cooking water before draining.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large, deep skillet or saute pan over medium-low heat. Add the sliced garlic and cook, stirring, until just golden, about 1 minute. Add the shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally, until pink but not cooked all the way through, about 3 minutes. Add the lemon juice, the 3/4 cup of pesto and the crushed red pepper flakes, and cook for a minute, stirring, until the mixture is barely bubbling at the edges.

Add the drained pasta to the skillet and continue to cook for 1 to 2 minutes, tossing with tongs, until the pasta is coated in the sauce and the shrimp is opaque and just cooked through. Add a splash or two of the reserved pasta cooking water as needed to loosen the sauce. Season lightly with salt and pepper.

Garnish with the basil and serve right away.

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Recipe Source

From cookbook author and nutritionist Ellie Krieger.

Tested by Nilar Andrea Chit Tun.

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