Seafood Pesto Pasta Recipe

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Pesto turns shrimp and scallops into superstars in this fresh-flavored entree from Marnie Franze. "The recipe is from my dad," she comments from Battle Lake, Minnesota.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh oregano leaves
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 4 to 6 garlic cloves, divided
  • 12 ounces uncooked linguine
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 cup white wine or chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 pound fresh sea scallops
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 306 calories, 14 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 61 mg cholesterol, 297 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 18 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1-1/2 fat.

Directions

  1. For pesto, place 1/4 cup oil, basil, oregano, parsley and one garlic clove in a blender or food processor. Cover and process until smooth; set aside. Mince the remaining garlic. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a nonstick skillet, saute onions and minced garlic in butter and remaining oil until tender. Add the shrimp, wine or broth, lemon juice and cayenne; saute for 2 minutes. Add scallops; saute for 2 minutes or until shrimp turn pink and scallops are firm and opaque. Drain pasta; toss with pesto and Parmesan. Top with seafood mixture. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Seafood Pesto Pasta in Light & Tasty February/March 2005, p56

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 306 calories, 14 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 61 mg cholesterol, 297 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 18 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1-1/2 fat.

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Dec. 21, 2008

"Thumbs up! Have my own pesto recipe so I could skip that part since it was already made and frozen.I also added and cooked with the shrimp and scallops some sun dried tomatoes, an orange bell pepper, and mushrooms.Worked out very well that way as an all in one recipe."

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