Shrimp Pesto Pasta Salad is an unbelievably straightforward and quick recipe. The hardest half is cooking the pasta!!! We want to make use of selfmade pesto however a superb high quality bought pesto may also work.

Pesto Pasta Salad

The key components for this Shrimp Pesto Pasta Salad is: Pasta, Pesto, Shrimp, Tomatoes, Feta, and Ricotta Cheese.

Pesto Pasta Salad

Homemade Pesto!!!!

If you have not tried making your personal pesto but, I extremely suggest it- First, it is method simpler to make than you suppose! Second, selfmade pesto has the greatest taste! If you prefer it with extra lemon....Add extra lemon! More of a garlic fan....Add extra garlic! You're in management. Speaking of being in management, you get to determine on the quantity of oil within the pesto. We discovered that additional oil is not essential and a number of the retailer purchased choices have been loaded with additional fats that wasn't wanted. Cutting again on a number of the olive oil did not change the flavour in any respect. It really makes it higher as a result of it permits the recent, sharp flavors of the garlic, lemon, and basil to shine. Now, you do must have basil, though, it may be made with different substitutes. If you'll be able to't get recent basil, or you do not have the the time to make the pesto, simply ensure to buy the most effective pesto yow will discover.

How Do I Make Homemade Pesto?

It's really onerous to imagine how straightforward it's to make Pesto! When we make pesto we do it in a number of batches. It's very rewarding when the pesto is completed. The hardest half is selecting the basil leaves off the stems and zesting the lemons. We get all of the components prepared after which we begin making every batch of pesto.

Once we make all of the pesto we freeze what we do not plan on utilizing inside every week. Pesto freezes very nicely. We freeze them in Ziploc baggies for as much as 9 months. It often could be saved within the fridge for a few week.

We all the time make our Pesto Spicy however this recipe is nice gentle. Just pass over the peppers and it's a good gentle pesto.

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How to Prepare the Shrimp

More than probably the shrimp will likely be frozen. If you are fortunate sufficient to get recent shrimp skip this step! For most of us they will be frozen and in an effort to thaw them they are often positioned in a single day within the fridge. Or, in the event you're like me and this meal was a final minute choice, the shrimp could be thawed rapidly. Just place them in a bowl and run cool water over them. Stir the shrimp round so they do not stick collectively. In only a few minutes they need to be thawed and able to be peeled.

After the shrimp have thawed if it has a shrimp smell, this is a simple tip to get the scent out; Just sprinkle one teaspoon of salt on the shrimp and stir for one minute. Rinse totally. Repeat this step of salt and rinsing for 2 extra instances.

I wish to dab the shrimp dry with a paper towel. This is not essential but it surely does be sure that there is no extra water.

To make this recipe even quicker use already cooked shrimp. A few ideas for cooking shrimp. Always use the identical measurement shrimp or, in case your are utilizing totally different sizes, cook dinner them individually. What I imply by that is, do not combine small shrimp and jumbo shrimp when cooking them!

We grilled the shrimp for this recipe on a salt block. But the Shrimp could be Sautéed in 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil. I do wish to sauté them on excessive warmth. It will solely take three or 4 minutes to cook dinner a medium to giant shrimp. I believe sautéing on excessive provides them a greater texture that's juicy and tender. When Shrimp is completely cook dinner it's agency sufficient to curve and it has an opaque pinkish shade.

Salt block shrimp

NOTE: If utilizing the short thaw technique from above: While the shrimp are thawing begin the water for the pasta.

Building the Shrimp Pesto Pasta Salad

Let the cooked pasta cool. Marinate the shrimp in lemon juice and garlic. Mix collectively the pesto and ricotta cheese. Rinse off the cherry tomatoes and slice them in half. Chop the onion. Cook the shrimp in two tablespoons of olive oil. Finally, combine collectively the pasta, shrimp, onions, tomatoes and pesto/ ricotta cheese combination.

Mix collectively absolutely and high with feta cheese and luxuriate in this Shrimp Pesto Pasta Salad!!!!!

Pesto Pasta Salad
Pesto Pasta Salad Steps

Shrimp Pesto Pasta Salad

This Shrimp Pesto Pasta Salad is ideal for a picnic or cookout and comes collectively in a flash. Pesto and Ricotta cheese coats the pasta and shrimp. The cherry tomatoes and onion add a candy crunch.
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Course: Dinner, Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Pasta, Pasta Salad, Pesto, Shrimp
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 29 minutes
Total Time: 44 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 330kcal
Author: Belly Laugh Living


  • 12 Ounces Shrimp
  • 1/2 Lemon Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 Clove Garlic Chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 8 Ounces Pasta Short pasta like Fusilli, Penne, or Farfalle, and so on.
  • 2 Tablespoons Salt
  • 1 Cup Pesto
  • 1/3 Cup Ricotta Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Onion Chopped
  • 1 Cup Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1/3 Cup Feta Cheese Optional


  • Clean shrimp
  • Marinate Shrimp in lemon juice and chopped garlic for quarter-hour. Saute shrimp in olive oil till cooked via.
    Shrimp with garlic and lemon
  • Cook Pasta. (Bring water to a boil and add 2 Tablespoons of salt to the water after it begins to boil. Add the pasta and cook dinner in line with bundle instructions).
  • Mix collectively the pesto and ricotta cheese
    Pesto Pasta Salad Steps
  • Cut cherry tomatoes in half and chop the onion
  • Add cooled pasta, cooked shrimp, onions, tomatoes and pesto combination to a big bowl
    Pesto Pasta Salad Steps
  • Gently combine every little thing collectively to coat the pasta. Add feta cheese on high. Enjoy!!!!
    Pesto Pasta Salad Steps


Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 2357mg | Potassium: 192mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 866IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 139mg | Iron: 1mg
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