Shrimp Pesto

Most Italian chefs consider putting Parmesan cheese on seafood pastas a faux pas. But you have permission to do so, because it is delicious over this Shrimp Pesto! You may also substitute chicken for the shrimp if you have a shellfish allergy.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 25 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 1 lb. gemelli pasta or spiral-shaped pasta
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1⁄2 lb. shrimp, shells removed
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1⁄4 cup prepared pesto
  • 1⁄4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta according to directions on package. Drain.
  • In a skillet, sauté the garlic 1 minute. Add shrimp and sauté 3 minutes or until shrimp turns pink. Add tomatoes and pasta. Add enough pesto to lightly cover the pasta. Add Parmesan cheese and toss. Serve hot.