Even though I love to cook, sometimes it’s extremely difficult to find the time to prep and make full meals for dinner. However I’m not a fan of fast food so my compromise is to have some staple meals that I know I can create in less than 30 minutes that taste great! I’m a lover of seafood and one of my favorite meals to make is shrimp pasta with fresh pesto sauce. So I’m sharing my 20-minute recipe with you here, enjoy!
SHRIMP PASTA WITH PESTO
Basic Ingredients: 2-cups of penne pasta (or your pasta of choice) and 1-dozen shrimp (Medium or Large). Sauce: 2-cups extra virgin olive oil, fresh basil (1-bunch), 1-tablespoon or garlic, 1-cup of fresh parmesan cheese.
- Heat pot of water until boiling, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1/4 teaspoons of salt then add pasta. Cook until desired tenderness.
- In a small electrical chopper combine: extra virgin olive oil, bunch of fresh basil and fresh parmesan. Mix in chopped to completely combine the basil leaves with the mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste and set aside.
- Peel, de-vain and season shrimp. To keep my shrimp from getting overcooked or too rubbery, heat up 1 1/2 cups of water in a frying pan. Once the water begins to simmer, place the shrimp in the pan and reduce the heat. Cook on each side for about 2 minutes (until the shrimp are pink opaque).
- Drain the shrimp, add to pasta, then a pesto on the stove top over low heat. Stir continuously for about 1-2 minutes (or until the parmesan has completely melted).
Serve while hot and enjoy!