Lemon Linguine With Basil Pesto Shrimp

READY IN: 55mins




  • 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.