Shrimp and Pesto Pasta Toss

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Okay, I’m going to have to just fold and let Fall take over but just one last summer post…maybe? I’m obsessed with this shrimp & pesto pasta dish and I have made it like five times…I know, I know, I should have shared it with you earlier. I think I’m about to go make it again today! Because this weekend, I cut my basil plants back again and harvested this…

Giant Basil Leaf

can you believe this? It was like 4.5 or 5 inches. I wish I had measured it!

Plant Food

On a whim, I bought this bag of Peggy Green plant food at Whole Foods a few months back and have been using it on my plants and on the back, it promises 6-inch basil leaves. Seriously, this stuff is amazing but you know it stinks so the dogs crave it. Just a little warning for you! haha

Freezing Pesto

And this amazing ice cube tray, I picked up at Marshalls this past weekend. Going to use it for regular ice cubes but first…

Freezing Pesto

to freeze my pesto! I recently posted my recipe for homemade basil pesto and a video too, so check that out if you haven’t already!

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Cook the pasta and then work on your other ingredients. After cleaning and deveining the shrimp, wipe them dry with a paper towel.

Shrimp and Pesto Pasta Toss from

Then, cook the shrimp and tomatoes in butter and olive oil.

Shrimp and Pesto Pasta Toss from

It only takes a few minutes to cook.

Shrimp and Pesto Pasta Toss from

You will make this and I know you will love this dish! It’s easy, literally takes only a few minutes to put together if you have the pesto already made. I eat it all myself and it reheats well too!

I’m a big baby…but I’m starting to come to grips with summer going away.

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Shrimp and Pesto Pasta Toss Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


1/2 pound pasta (twists or corkscrew), cooked according to package instructions

1 pound frozen shrimp, defrosted, cleaned and deveined

1 cup grape tomatoes, halved

1 Tablespoon salted butter

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1/4 cup store bought or homemade pesto

Parmesan cheese


Pat shrimp dry using clean paper towels. Add olive oil and butter to a non-stick or cast iron skillet set to medium high heat. After the butter has melted, add add shrimp and tomatoes. Cook until shrimp is thoroughly cooked, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Add cooked pasta, shrimp and tomatoes to a large bowl. Mix together. Add pesto and toss until combined. Top with grated parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

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25 Responses to “Shrimp and Pesto Pasta Toss”

  1. 1
    addie | culicurious — September 10, 2013 @ 2:55 pm

    what a great recipe and I am TOTALLY envious of that basil leaf! I learned alot about basil this year and I am so ready for next year’s plant. I’m gonna note that fertilizer too. :)


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    Mallory @ Total Noms — September 10, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

    Looks divine Julie! And technically summer ends on the 20-something-th. So there! :)


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    Aggie — September 10, 2013 @ 3:17 pm

    I’m still in awe of that basil!! I will for sure get that product for my herbs, I wonder if I can order online. What a beautiful pasta!!

    And it’s still summer! My grandpa always plants a late summer garden right about now. Even though the Internet has proclaimed FALL! I’m always happy we still have the best produce for a little while longer in Florida :)


  4. 4
    Jen — September 10, 2013 @ 3:35 pm

    I’m holding on to summer too! It’s not fall until the end of the month. AND, it’s 90 here in Ohio…


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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — September 10, 2013 @ 3:42 pm

    I love shrimp with pesto, I have some serious basil envy!


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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — September 10, 2013 @ 5:24 pm

    That is one huge basil leaf! So cool! I’ve never cooked shrimp in my life, always scared I will overcook them! You make it look so easy – I actually think I can do this! Besides this dish sounds fabulous!


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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — September 10, 2013 @ 5:35 pm

    I am all for one last summer post! I adore summer flavors and as much as I am ready for apples and butternut squash, I’ll always take a good dose of basil. Love this Julie!


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    Tieghan — September 10, 2013 @ 10:04 pm

    I am so down with one last summer recipe and this is a killer one! Basil, pasta and shrimp? Count me in!


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    Kiran @ — September 11, 2013 @ 12:06 am

    Divine! And I’m all for making more summer recipes. It’s still official 😉


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    Anna — September 11, 2013 @ 4:35 am

    I have never tried to mix shrimp with pesto, looks delicious! And what a big basil leaf!! I’m impressed!! I have my own basil in my garden, but the leaves are normal size 😛 Very good idea to freeze the pesto!


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    Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas — September 11, 2013 @ 8:47 am

    This pasta is full of all my favorite flavors! And yeah, that basil leaf is HUGE! One day when I grow my own garden I’ll use that plant food haha!


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    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — September 11, 2013 @ 9:18 am

    Yum! I love basil, especially picked from my own garden. This looks sooo good!


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    Kristina @ Love & Zest — September 12, 2013 @ 10:23 pm

    Either you have tiny hands or that is one large basil leaf! Wish I could grow basil that looks that good! I may need to take it out of my pot and plant it in the ground??


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    Courtney — September 13, 2013 @ 2:06 am

    My GOODNESS! That is a monster of a basil leaf :) I still have yet to try pesto thanks to nut allergies but this looks delicious just as it is beautiful. I must admit, while I like summer I love fall :)


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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — September 13, 2013 @ 4:20 pm

    HAHA! I think “harvest” is definitely an appropriate term for that giganto basil leaf – what a beauty! This pasta toss looks like the perfect weeknight meal, Julie. Have a happy weekend!


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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 14, 2013 @ 2:04 am

    Man, that basil leaf is HUGE! And that ice cube tray is a genius idea. Definitely need to start doing that!

    And this pasta – LOVE IT! Jason and I have been eating in constantly so this just made our “to-make” list for next week!


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    Cookin Canuck — September 15, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

    That basil leaf is unbelievable! Were you whispering sweet words of love to your basil plants?

    This pasta salad is something that I could happily eat every day.


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    Jen M O — September 15, 2013 @ 5:53 pm

    What an incredible basil leaf! I don’t think I have ever seen a basil leaf so big.


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    Shelly (Cookies and Cups) — September 15, 2013 @ 7:00 pm

    Looks so great! Pinned!


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    ashley - Baker by Nature — September 16, 2013 @ 9:20 am

    I never want these Summer posts to end! Gorgeous dish!


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    Christine (Cook the Story) — September 16, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    I don’t have any trouble letting go of summer. In fact, I wish it was cooler and more fall-like already. I’m still not used to Florida. Oh well. I love this dish. So quick and simple yet bursting with flavor. Yum!


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    Shaina — September 16, 2013 @ 10:22 pm

    I looooove making my own pesto! Freezing cubes of pesto is genius!!! What an amazing idea! I’ve got to do this the next time I make some


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    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — September 17, 2013 @ 8:27 am

    Mmmmm…love fresh pesto! This pasta dish looks delicious – and i seriously cannot believe the size of that basil leaf! Gonna have to get me some of that plant food! :)


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