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Spinach-Pesto Orecchiette with Shrimp & Mushrooms

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
45 min
25 min
20 min
This healthier twist on pesto combines spinach and pistachios for a vibrant green sauce that complements the earthiness of the mushrooms.


fresh baby spinach

2 oz, packed


¼ cup(s), packed

unsalted dry roasted pistachio nuts

cup(s), 2 Tbsp

garlic clove(s)

1 medium clove(s)

lemon zest

½ tsp

fresh lemon juice

2 tsp

kosher salt

½ tsp

black pepper


olive oil

1 Tbsp

uncooked orecchiette pasta

6 oz

olive oil

4 tsp, divided

uncooked shrimp

16 large, peeled and deveined

uncooked onion(s)

1½ cup(s), chopped

fresh mushroom(s)

12 oz, assorted, cleaned, and sliced

kosher salt

½ tsp

black pepper

½ tsp

frozen green peas

½ cup(s), thawed

grated Parmesan cheese

2 Tbsp


  1. To make pesto, combine spinach, basil, pistachios, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a small food processor; pulse to chop. Scrape down sides with a spatula. With processor running, drizzle in 1 Tbsp oil; process until combined. Adjust seasonings if necessary and set aside.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain (reserve 1 cup cooking water), and set aside.
  3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tsp oil and shrimp; sauté 2 minutes per side, until just pink. Remove from pan; set aside. Add onions to skillet; sauté until they start to soften, about 5 minutes (use some cooking spray if they stick to pan). Add mushrooms, salt, pepper, and remaining 1 Tbsp oil to pan; sauté until softened yet crispy, 8-10 minutes. Add pasta, peas, shrimp, and pesto to skillet; stir to coat well (stir in some reserved pasta cooking water to loosen sauce, if desired).
  4. Serve immediately sprinkled with cheese.
  5. Serving size: 2 cups (includes 4 shrimp) and 1/2 Tbsp cheese


For nice crispy mushrooms, cook over medium-high heat and make sure they have plenty of room in the pan. If they’re too crowded, they’ll steam.

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