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Make the pesto in advance and refrigerate until ready to use. The rest goes quickly. From Sticky Gooey Creamy Chewy Blog.
- 2 cups fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
- 4 medium sized garlic cloves, finely minced
- 2⁄3 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
- 1⁄3 cup pine nuts, toasted or 1⁄3 cup walnuts
- 1⁄2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- salt and red pepper flakes
- 1 lb shrimp, large, peeled and deveined
- 1 batch basil pesto (recipe above, divided)
- 1⁄2-2⁄3 cup olive oil
- 1⁄4-1⁄2 cup lemon juice, fresh (2 or 3 lemons)
- 1⁄2 cup parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 1 lb linguine, cooked al dente
- 1 cup pasta cooking water
- Pesto Directions:
- Put basil leaves and garlic in bowl of a food processor.
- Pulse a few times to combine.
- Add Parmesan cheese and pine nuts; pulse a few more times.
- Scrape mixture into a bowl and whisk in olive oil.
- Add salt and red pepper flakes to taste; stir.
- Lemon Linguine:
- Place shrimp in a non-metal bowl or zipper bag; spoon in half of the pesto to coat. Mix well. Set aside the rest of the pesto for later.
- Place shrimp in the refrigerator to marinate for about 30 minutes. You can also put the shrimp on wooden skewers that have been thoroughly soaked in water.
- Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet or grill pan. Add the shrimp and saute just until it turns pink, about 1 or 2 minutes per side.
- Remove shrimp from pan and cover to keep warm. Shrimp will continue to cook for a minute after you remove it from the heat.
- In a large serving bowl, whisk the 1/4 cup of the lemon juice and olive oil until partially emulsified.
- Add the Parmesan and continue whisking until creamy.
- Toss in the lemon zest and season with salt and pepper.
- Adjust the oil-to-lemon ratio by adding more lemon juice, a little at a time, until it is to your taste.
- Add hot pasta to the bowl and toss until well-coated. The heat from the pasta will melt the cheese and help it stick to the linguine.
- Add some cooking water if the pasta seems dry.
- Portion the linguine onto dinner plates; top each with 4 to 6 shrimp.
- Ladle some remaining pesto onto each plate as well.