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Pesto Shrimp Pasta Toss Recipe

Pesto Shrimp Pasta Toss Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Reviews for Pesto Shrimp Pasta Toss

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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."

Reviewed Jan. 29, 2012

"This is a very good recipe. I used chicken instead of shrimp because I am not a big fan of fish. It was very tasty. The walnuts give it a little crunch. I will definately make this again."

Reviewed Jul. 27, 2011

"There are many recipes in your new Italian magazine that I want to try but this one caught my eye first. Wow! Fantastic flavor and easy to make! I made it according to the recipe but may add mushrooms next time.. excellent as is though!"

Reviewed Feb. 26, 2011

"This recipe is absolutely fantastic. We loved the toasted walnuts--definitely an extra-special touch. I'm sending this to my daughter, who LOVES pesto!"

Reviewed Mar. 11, 2010

"This was a hit with my family. My husband wants this on the menu once a week. It was easy to make and delious to eat."

Reviewed Nov. 5, 2008

"Re: Pesto Shrimp Toss I prepared this dish for my husband a couple of nights ago. It's a definite "keeper". Leftovers seem even better. I used broccoli, green pepper and wedged onion in the veggie mixture. Seved with a salad this is a complete meal."

Reviewed Sep. 21, 2008

"I just prepared this for a quick family dinner, and it was a hit! I subsituted broccoli for the asparagus, and added 1/2 a red pepper I had laying around. One eater even commented that it was better than the last shrimp meal he had a Red Lobster. This is going to be a repeat. I'm excited about having it cold for lunch tommarow as a salad."

Reviewed Sep. 4, 2008

"You have made my years of cooking a joy with your recipes and magazine. I am 80 and retired and can not afford any extras. Just wanted you to know I am now relishing your recipes on line. Thanks Velma Fares"

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

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