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Pesto Shrimp & Pasta

Points® value
Total Time
35 min
15 min
20 min
This beautiful and satisfying dish comes together in just 35 minutes. Make a double batch of the pesto and use it for sandwiches, pizza, and calzones later in the week.


Uncooked bow tie pasta

8 oz

Fresh basil

2 cup(s), fresh leaves, loosely packed



Grated Parmesan cheese

3 tbsp(s)

Chopped walnuts

2 tbsp(s)

Extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp(s)

Extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp(s)


3 clove(s), large, minced

Lemon zest

1½ tsp(s), grated

Table salt

¼ tsp(s)

Uncooked shrimp

1 pound(s), large, peeled and deveined

Grape tomatoes

1 cup(s), halved


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, transfer to large serving bowl, and keep warm.
  2. Meanwhile, to make pesto, combine basil, water, Parmesan, walnuts, 1 tablespoon oil, 2 garlic cloves, lemon zest, and salt in food processor and process until smooth, adding more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if needed. Set aside.
  3. Heat remaining 1 teaspoon oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add shrimp and cook, stirring often, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and remaining garlic and cook, stirring often, until shrimp are just opaque in center and tomatoes are heated through, about 2 minutes longer.
  4. Add shrimp mixture and pesto to pasta and toss to combine. Serve at once.
  5. Serving size: about 1¾ cups