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Creamy Pesto Pasta with Shrimp

Creamy Pesto Pasta with Shrimp combines butter, cream, parmesan and basil pesto to create a delightful pasta dish that’s perfect any night of the week.

Creamy Pesto Pasta with Shrimp is simple and delicious. It's perfect for entertaining, or just a Tuesday night.

This is a going to be a bit of weird post today because I want to talk about people on the internet. Not the good people like you, I’m talking about the crummy people.

Since my job is on the internet and focuses heavily on social media, I’ve developed a pretty thick skin when it comes to criticism.

Things like, This recipe looks disgusting, complete with a barf emoji, or I don’t need to hear your lame life story, just give me the recipe.

These comments are usually deleted and the person gets blocked because let’s face it, if you’re going to come at me like that, I don’t want you around here anyway.

Creamy Pesto Pasta with Shrimp combines butter, cream, parmesan and basil pesto to create a delightful pasta dish that's perfect any night of the week.

On the flip side, I often get asked why I don’t share more of my day to day life, family, Elle, etc. on social media.

Sure, I pop in on Instagram Stories every so often, but I’ve decided to keep it pretty food focused.

And if I’m being honest, it’s out of fear. Because quite frankly, people can be so damn cruel and if I can shelter Elle from that while she’s still young, I’m going to do just that.

Over the weekend, I was sitting on the couch catching up on Big Brother and happened to check my email. Yes, I watch and looove Big Brother.

In my inbox was a response to my email subscription notification for my Movie Theater Popcorn Bars.

It simply said, Drop dead.

Creamy Pesto Pasta with Shrimp combines butter, cream, parmesan and basil pesto to create a delicious and simple meal the whole family will love.
Guys, someone emailed me and told be to drop dead over Movie Theater Popcorn Bars. I just can’t.

Part of me thought that maybe she accidentally left out the word gorgeous, because let’s face it, those bars were freaking beautiful.

But she didn’t. Because when I replied to the email, which I know I shouldn’t of, she responded and told me F**! off. I mean, this gal is clearly all kinds of pleasant.

For whatever reason, this comment stuck with me for days. And not because my feelings were especially hurt – it was more than that.

It’s the fact that another human being told me to DROP DEAD after receiving a dessert recipe in their inbox, which they signed up for. Like what?

Creamy Pesto Pasta with Shrimp combines butter, cream, parmesan and basil pesto to create simple and delish meal the entire family will love!

I have so many questions and have really been wasting a lot of energy and brain space contemplating what makes a person tell another person to drop dead over the internet.

I guess what I really am trying to say here is, the world has enough unkindness. I get that maybe there are circumstances I don’t know about that made that email sender feel better for 5 seconds to tell me to go to heck. So okay.

But if we’re all honest with ourselves, there’s a whole lot of this kind of behavior on the internet, every day.

And I think it’s about time that rather than just hitting delete, we at least say, “You know what? That was unkind and unnecessary.” Which is basically what my response to her said.

And then go on to extend just a bit more kindness in our own daily lives.

Pay for the car behind you at Starbucks. Tell someone their dress is beautiful. Smile and make eye contact, and say, “I hope you have a good day.”

Creamy Pesto Pasta with Shrimp made with butter, cream, parmesan and basil pesto to create a delicious meal the entire family will love.

I don’t mean to be preachy, but I’m really at that point where I think if we were all just a little bit kinder to each other every day, folks wouldn’t be in a place where hitting reply to an email and telling someone to eff off over a dessert bar recipe feels necessary.

Who’s with me?

And now let’s get to the real deal: This Creamy Pesto Pasta with Shrimp. I made it for myself for dinner one night because I adore anything with shrimp. Then I made it again and gave it to my aunt and her family.

It was an act of kindness that comes easy – I love making food for other people.

I hope you like the recipe as much as they did.

Creamy Pesto Pasta with Shrimp is the perfect dish for the shrimp lover in your life. Simple, delicious, and perfect for any night of the week.

SHRIMP AND PESTO

Just like Forrest and Jenny, shrimp and pesto go together like peas and carrots.

Seafood pairs perfectly with bright flavors. Think about how often you see fish, shrimp and other shellfish served with citrus and herbs, like in my Chipotle Lime Shrimp Soft Tacos or these tilapia recipes.

The brightness of the basil pesto is the perfect partner to the shrimp in this easy pasta dish.

Feel free to use your favorite jarred basil pesto for this recipe. You know I’m not gonna judge! If you’re feeling up to it, though, you can totally try making your own Fresh Basil Pesto.

(Psst! Store leftover Fresh Basil Pesto in your refrigerator for up to three days or in the freezer for several months!)

CREAMY PESTO PASTA RECIPE

If you’ve made fettuccine alfredo before, then you’re already halfway to having made creamy pesto pasta. This creamy pasta sauce is super similar to your favorite alfredo.

Here’s how this is gonna go. Melt your butter and then add the cream, salt and pepper. After that cooks together for a little while, you’ll add a whole lotta parmesan cheese.

Ya know what’s better than butter, cream and parmesan? All of those things with some basil pesto mixed in. So stir in the pesto and let your sauce thicken.

SHRIMP AND PESTO PASTA

Sure, you could stop there and serve the sauce with cooked pasta for an indulgent creamy pesto pasta recipe. But why stop when you could add shrimp? We love shrimp for dinner, this easy shrimp and grits is one of our favorites. 

Serve your finished Creamy Pesto Pasta with Shrimp alongside a glass of white wine. Better serve it with some extra parm, too. You can never have too much cheese.

For more delicious dinner ideas, be sure to check out these recipes:

Creamy Pesto Pasta with Shrimp is simple and delicious. It's perfect for entertaining, or just a Tuesday night.

Creamy Pesto Pasta with Shrimp

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Creamy Pesto Pasta with Shrimp combines butter, cream, parmesan and basil pesto to create a delightful pasta dish that’s perfect any night of the week.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound linguine or fettuccine pasta
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook according to package directions (about 10-12 minutes), or until al dente; drain.
  2. While the pasta is boiling, melt butter in a deep sauté pan over medium heat. Add in garlic and sauté the garlic for one minute. You do not want the garlic to brown, so definitely keep your eye on the pan.
  3. Stir in cream, and pepper. Cook 6 to 8 minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. Slowly stir in the Parmigiano-Reggiano into the cream sauce, stirring until thoroughly incorporated. Stir in the pesto, and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until thickened.
  5. Stir in the shrimp, and cook until fully pink, about 5 minutes. Serve over the hot linguine.

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Natalie Caesar

Saturday 5th of September 2020

I came for the pesto with pasta with stump that instead I will make with chicken- I saw that you said people were mean to you- that’s just not cool! Your recipes look great and I hope that you have an awesome day!

Jamie

Sunday 13th of September 2020

Thanks so much for stopping by, Natalie! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Happy Baking! -Jamie

Mindy

Monday 15th of October 2018

Hello! I'm usually not a commenter, but I will be today. I have always enjoyed your blog posts and respect anyone who works so hard at something so creative  and beautiful.  I'm so sorry that nasty behavior from some is even an issue. 

I hope you have a great day and get nothing but positive remarks from here  on out!

Jamie

Monday 15th of October 2018

Thanks so much for your kind words, Mindy. I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Happy Baking! -Jamie

Healthy Kitchen 101

Wednesday 3rd of October 2018

I totally understand your points! I never want to be rude or crumpy with other people (at least I try to be calm in some unpleasant situations). Because I don't want to get annoyed or being irritated by others, it might destroy the moment or the day. Sometimes, I don't understand why some people just swear and be crumpy even with little things. I pity them. Anyways, your food is amazing and I always find ways to enjoy them xo Have a great week!! - Natalie

Jamie

Sunday 4th of November 2018

Thanks so much for stopping by, Natalie! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Happy Baking! -Jamie

Roxanne

Wednesday 3rd of October 2018

Love this post, and the recipe sounds incredible as well :) I stumbled upon your website tonight for the first time. I've read three recipes and I can't wait to cook them! Everyone needs more kindness. You've got a great style. Looking forward to following your future posts and catching up on some old ones!

Jamie

Sunday 4th of November 2018

Thanks so much for stopping by, Roxanne! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Happy Baking! -Jamie

Monica

Saturday 29th of September 2018

Wow, some people clearly have issues :-( I think your creations are wonderful ... so as your personality and your blog and I’m glad I started to read it a long time ago! :-)

Jamie

Wednesday 3rd of October 2018

Thanks so much for stopping by, Monica, and for your kind words! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Happy Baking! -Jamie

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