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Creamy Pesto and Shrimp Penne with Peas

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  • Creamy Pesto and Shrimp Penne with Peas

    I made a half recipe of this last night and it was so easy and very tasty.

    Creamy Pesto-and-Shrimp Penne with Peas
    Pre-peeled [URL=""]shrimp[/URL], frozen peas, and store-bought pesto makes this [URL=""]flavorful pasta[/URL] come together in minutes. Instead of buying the jarred, shelf-stable version, choose the kind found in the refrigerator case (we like Bear Pond Farm Premium Basil Pesto). It tastes fresher and more like homemade. Make sure to reserve some of the pasta cooking water; you’ll stir it in at the end to make a silky sauce.


    12 ounces uncooked penne
    1 pound medium-size peeled, deveined raw shrimp
    1 cup frozen sweet peas
    1 (7-oz.) container refrigerated basil pesto (I used the one from Costco)
    1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    1 ounce Parmesan cheese, shaved (about 1/2 cup)

    How to Make It

    Step 1
    Prepare pasta according to package directions in a pot of salted boiling water, adding shrimp and peas to water during final 2 minutes of cook time. Drain pasta mixture, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water in a small heatproof bowl. Return pasta mixture to pot.

    Step 2
    Add pesto, salt, and pepper to pasta mixture; stir to combine. Stir in reserved cooking water as needed, 1/4 cup at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Transfer pasta mixture to a serving bowl; sprinkle with Parmesan. Serve immediately.

    Charlene’s notes 5-12-2022:
    Excellent and very easy, no changes needed. I made a half recipe.

  • #2
    I’m going to skip editing out the HTTP text, every time I try that it it prevents it from being posted.


    • #3
      Thanks for the recipe! but what happened to the link?


      • #4
        All the hypertext is for a picture that won’t post on here. I usually make sure it gets deleted before I hit post but I forgot this time. You didn’t miss anything important at all.