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Creamy Basil Pesto Shrimp Pasta

Creamy Basil Pesto Shrimp Pasta is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. Basil pesto is turned into a creamy sauce to cook the shrimp, then mixed with pasta!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: basil pesto, pesto pasta, shrimp pasta, shrimp recipes
Servings: 4
Calories: 419kcal


  • 1 lb jumbo shrimp
  • 6.5 ounces Filippo Berio Classic Pesto, 1 jar
  • 12 ounces bucatini pasta, can be substituted for spaghetti or angel hair
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped basil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  • Prepare the ingredients: peel and devein the shrimp if they still haven't been already, slice the cherry tomatoes in half, and chop the basil.
  • Cook the pasta according to package instructions.
  • Meanwhile, heat a pan on medium-high heat with olive oil and sauté the garlic for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Then add the pesto, heavy cream, and red pepper flakes. Stir until combined and then add the shrimp and cook 2-3 minutes per side until they are cooked through.
  • When the pasta is finished cooking, reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta water, then drain the pasta into a colander. Add the pasta back into the pot with the reserved pasta water, the basil pesto sauce, shrimp, and cherry tomatoes. Toss to combine. Divide between bowls and garnish with fresh chopped basil and parmesan cheese.


*Nutrition information is approximate and was calculated using a recipe nutrition label generator.


Calories: 419kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 355mg | Potassium: 288mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 848IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 317mg | Iron: 4mg