It’s been a little while since I posted a pasta recipe, which is super strange, since we eat pasta all the time. It is definitely one of those foods that I could not live without. I guess it’s a good thing I TRY to run a lot, otherwise I may turn into a noodle. So pesto is definitely one of my favorite ingredients to put on pasta, and I’m not talking about the store-bought kind. I’ve tried store-bought pesto, and I personally just don’t think it’s very good (also…it’s expensive!). Maybe it’s because I have been severely spoiled with the homemade stuff; not to mention, that it’s just about as easy to make as it is to pick it up off the shelf at the grocery store. This creamy pesto pasta with garlic butter shrimp is a must-have for your next pasta night!
This recipe is all very simple and because it’s Friday and I want to get my weekend on, I’m going to keep things short and sweet today.
PSA: By getting my weekend on, I mean that I plan on moving straight from my office to my PJs to the couch to eat popcorn, drink beer and watch movies all night/weekend long.
Don’t judge me.
Like I mentioned above, I really do love all things pasta. There’s just something about it that screams comfort to me, and when these low temperatures start to make themselves known to the world, all I want is a big old plate of pasta.
I broke this recipe down into 3 steps, but I promise that each one of them is very easy, so don’t be afraid by the recipe’s length!
The first step: the pesto. It’s your traditional pesto, but with arugula added into the mix. I LOVE arugula in my pesto. I love that bitterness, and I really think it compliments the basil. To a blender or food processor you add the ingredients for your pesto: arugula, basil, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, garlic and oil. After that, just blend away. This is the perfect recipe to store in the fridge or even freeze for a later time. Later on, you will heat this pesto up in a saucepan with a little bit of half and half, which is essential to the creaminess of this dish.
The second step: the shrimp; also, VERY VERY EASY! This is a simple garlic butter shrimp recipe. Shrimp is sautéed in butter with salt, pepper, and creole seasoning. Once cooked through, the shrimp is removed from the pan, and to the same pan you make the “sauce.” Garlic, chicken broth and MORE butter make a delicious bed for this shrimp. Toss the shrimp back in the sauce and that’s it!
The third step: make the pasta. If you don’t know how to do this by now, I think you and I should have a little chat. Prepare the pasta as you normally would. I like linguine with pesto, but any noodle you have on hand will do just fine. Toss the pasta with the pesto and top with shrimp. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and fresh parsley.
My stomach is growling just thinking about it! Recipe for this creamy pesto pasta with garlic butter shrimp is below! I hope you guys have a wonderful weekend. Now, time for those PJs!