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Lemon Pesto Pasta with Shrimp 

So much flavor, so little time. Our pesto pasta with sauteéd shrimp comes together in just minutes, but you’ll be dreaming about it for days. 

Servings: 4
Total Time: 25m
Prep Time: 10m
Cooking Time: 15m
Lemon Pesto Pasta with Shrimp 


  • 1 box pasta (love lentil based pasta for extra fiber and nutrients)
  • 1 lb. Frozen wild caught, precooked, and pre-prepared shrimp
  • 1 lemon
  • 1-2 tablespoon oil or butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • Basil leaves, for serving

Preparation Instructions

  1. Make your pesto if you’re making it from scratch (recipe below).
  2. Start boiling your pasta water. Add your pasta to the boiling water.
  3. In a frypan, start sautéing your frozen shrimp in butter or oil, over low-medium heat. Hit the shrimp with a zest of lemon and season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 6-8 minutes.
  4. Drain pasta, reserving half cup of pasta water.
  5. Turn the heat on the shrimp to low and add pasta, pasta water, and pesto to pan. Mix everything until thoroughly combined and heated.
  6. Serve with a squeeze of lemon and fresh basil leaves.


DIY Pesto

Combine the following ingredients in a food processor: 2-3 large handfuls of spinach or arugula, 1 cup basil leaves, 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds, zest and juice of one lemon, 1-2 tablespoon oil (start with one, add more if necessary), salt and pepper.