Pesto Shrimp Pasta Toss Recipe
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Pesto Shrimp Pasta Toss Recipe

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In just 30 minutes, Fran Scott of Birmingham, Michigan whips up this elegant entree. Coated in pesto and topped with walnuts and Parmesan, the mix of pasta, shrimp and vegetables adds a dressy touch to any weeknight meal.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 9 ounces uncooked linguine
  • 1 pound cooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium yellow summer squash, sliced
  • 1 cup fresh baby carrots, halved lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup prepared pesto
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted, optional

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cup: 466 calories, 22g fat (6g saturated fat), 131mg cholesterol, 559mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 31g protein


  1. Cook linguine according to package directions, adding shrimp during the last minute. Meanwhile, in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan, combine the asparagus, squash and carrots. Drizzle with butter; sprinkle with lemon-pepper and salt.
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 450° for 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring once.
  3. Drain linguine and shrimp; transfer to a serving bowl. Add the vegetable mixture and pesto; toss gently. Sprinkle with cheese and walnuts if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Pesto Shrimp Pasta Toss in Simple & Delicious September/October 2007, p59

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Oct. 22, 2013

"Delicious. I used 8 oz. angelhair."

Reviewed Sep. 23, 2013

"This is so easy and so delicious! A must try!"

Reviewed Aug. 10, 2013

"This recipe is a fav at our home. I have also substituted other veggies that I have on hand to make it more to what our kids enjoy."

Reviewed Aug. 28, 2012

"I made this last night and my husband and I were very disappointed. We love every ingredient that it calls for, followed directions exactly, etc. throwing shrimp in boiling water left them with absolutely no flavor and the consistency of the pasta was

also tasteless. This recipe has no flavor at all. We even sprinkled some cayenne on to give it a kick, but that didn't work, either. I won't be making this again."

Reviewed Aug. 15, 2012

"Fantastic dish! This was a favorite at the potluck I had."

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