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Quick and Easy Pesto Shrimp Linguine Entrée Recipe

My husband is a wonderful cook. We share the kitchen and we each have our specialties. He often does the cooking for our dinner parties.

Linguine, shrimp, and pesto with a sprinkling of Pecorino Romano cheese

Linguine, shrimp, and pesto with a sprinkling of Pecorino Romano cheese

Quick and Easy Recipe!

Who says that you cannot make a delicious meal in 30 minutes or less? If you happen to have the ingredients on hand, this shrimp dish with linguine and pesto is about as easy as it gets. The boiling of the water takes almost as much time as anything else!

We generally keep frozen shrimp on hand. It can be thawed in the water ahead of time and be made ready for this preparation. Of course, you can also buy it fresh in most grocery stores.

In this recipe, I made the pesto ahead of time and froze it in ice cube trays. When completely frozen, I wrap them in plastic wrap and then freeze them in freezer bags. That way, they can be taken out a cube or two at a time and be ready for use in no time. They thaw very quickly.

You can make your pesto or buy it ready-made. If you have any leftover pesto, the ice cube frozen method keeps it available for you to use at a moment's notice.

Okay, let's get started with this recipe.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

20 min

30 min

2 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces linguine
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons pesto, room temperature
  • 16 pieces medium to large raw shrimp, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Peel the shrimp and sprinkle them with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  2. After the water is boiling, add the linguine to the water and cook it according to package directions. (Always salt the water first when boiling pasta. Chefs say it should taste like the sea.) When about 6 minutes are remaining, start the next step.
  3. Put the butter and extra virgin olive oil in a nonstick pan. When heated, saute the shrimp on one side for approximately 2 minutes. Turn and saute the other side another approximately 2 minutes until pink and done. Remove from the heat.
  4. Drain the pasta and return it to the pan. Stir in the pesto until the pasta is well coated. The warmth of the drained pasta will warm the pesto.
  5. Plate the pasta and sprinkle it with the Pecorino Romano cheese. Top the pasta with the shrimp and serve.
A fork is full of delicious flavor!  We served an arugula salad to accompany our meal.

A fork is full of delicious flavor! We served an arugula salad to accompany our meal.

For Your Enjoyment

I found a video of a recipe similar to the one my husband makes. He adds a bit of white wine to his shrimp in garlic butter recipe. Watch below to see how fast it comes together. That is the beauty of cooking with shrimp.

© 2020 Peggy Woods

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 27, 2020:

I am pleased that you enjoyed reading this recipe, Devika. Enjoy it with my blessings.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 27, 2020:

Peggy I like the recipe idea and you come up with such creative methods to recipes. To make make it with ease and the ingredients are accessible.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 19, 2020:

Hi Adrienne,

Since you like shrimp and pesto, this recipe has your name on it! Enjoy! Thanks for your comment.

Adrienne Farricelli on November 19, 2020:

Anything shrimp is welcomed in my kitchen! Pesto and shrimp sound like a wonderful combination. Thanks for sharing this.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 19, 2020:

Hi Liz,

It is nice to have some quick and easy recipes on hand. I am glad you like the sound of this recipe. Hope you are doing well. Thanks for your comment.

Liz Westwood from UK on November 19, 2020:

This is a great recipe, well explained. It ticks two boxes for me with the words 'quick' and 'easy' plus it's very tasty too.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 19, 2020:

Hi Devika,

I am pleased to be able to share this recipe with you. Enjoy!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 19, 2020:

Hi peggyW such recipes are interesting and creative. I like to make new recipes it allows me to leanr of other cuisines.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 16, 2020:

Hi Chitrangada,

We also enjoy eating shrimp, and this meal is so quick and easy to prepare. I hope you enjoy this recipe.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on November 16, 2020:

This shrimp recipe looks interesting and you have explained everything clearly. Would love to try this, shrimp being one of my favourite food.

Thank you for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 16, 2020:

Hi Bill,

If you are going to make this recipe, I know you must like the sound of it! Hooray! Enjoy your week with Bev and your lovely dogs. It must be getting cold in your "neck of the woods."

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 16, 2020:

Hi Pamela,

This dish is tasty! I am glad that you liked the accompanying photos. I take many photos and try different lighting to see what works best.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 16, 2020:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

This entree is so quick and easy. I am pleased that you like it, and I appreciate your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 16, 2020:

Hi Paula,

I am glad that you like the sound of this recipe. Enjoy!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 16, 2020:

Hi Kalpana,

Since you love eating shrimp, this is a recipe sure to please! Thanks for your comment.

Liza from USA on November 16, 2020:

You're most welcome :)

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 16, 2020:

This looks like something I would eat. I might even give it a try making it. Thanks my friend. Have a great week!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on November 16, 2020:

This dish look absolutely delicious and not too difficult to make. Peggy, you really did a beautiful job on the way you wrote this article with your pictures, etc.

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 16, 2020:

Oh, this looks quite amazing indeed and absolutely worth trying! Thank you indeed!

Paula on November 15, 2020:

Fast. Easy. Looks and sounds delicious. Will try it soon.

Kalpana Iyer from India on November 15, 2020:

Love shrimp! Thanks for the easy shrimp linguini recipe. Looks delicious.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 15, 2020:

Hi Liza,

I agree that this is so delicious and fast and easy to prepare. Cooking does not have to be complicated to be good. Thanks for the first comment on this post.

Liza from USA on November 15, 2020:

The shrimp linguine with pesto is one of the fastest comfort food that we can cook in under 30-minutes. I have made a few times for dinner. My husband and I love pesto in the pasta. Easy recipe with simple ingredients can make delicious food! Thanks for sharing the recipe, Peggy.

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