Shrimp Pesto Pasta

SO EASY! This Shrimp with Pesto Pasta is my new favorite easy dinner recipe!

Shrimp Pesto Pasta is a super quick weeknight dinner that’s filled with buttery zucchini, tender shrimp and hot pasta that’s tossed in a homemade pesto sauce.

This super easy Shrimp Pesto Pasta is an extremely flavorful dish that's filled with fresh zucchini, pasta, shrimp and parmesan cheese!Shrimp Pesto Pasta is a recipe that’s been on my site for almost 7 years, but hasn’t gotten much attention because the photos were less than desirable.

I love bringing old recipes to life with beautiful photographs. It will finally give this easy pasta dish it’s time to shine. Because let’s be real… this easy dinner has it going on!

Saute zucchini and shrimp in butter for this easy weeknight dinner recipe!

I think what I love most about this dish is that it’s filled with all the flavors of summer. I start with fresh zucchini that’s cut into sticks and sautéed in melted butter and garlic until it’s nice and tender.

Toss in a bunch of large shrimp and cook until no longer pink. You can remove the tails of the shrimp for easy eating, but I just love how you have to eat this dish with a fork and your hands. It feels so rustic and fun.

This simple pasta dish is bursting with fresh summer flavors!

Once the pasta is cooked you’ll add some hot angel hair pasta right to the skillet.

The original recipe called for cooked ramen noodles, which would also work, but I think an angel hair pasta that’s just slightly al dente, is perfection.

Add a gorgeous amount of fresh Basil Pesto to this simple summer pasta dinner and watch what happens!

Remember that Fresh Basil Pesto Sauce I shared with you the other day?

Drop a gorgeous amount of that fresh pesto in with the pasta and give it all a nice toss to evenly coat.

SO EASY! This Shrimp Pesto Pasta is my new favorite easy dinner recipe!

You guys.


It doesn’t get much easier than that, right?!

SO EASY! This Shrimp Pesto Pasta is my new favorite easy dinner recipe!

We make this pasta All. The. Time. and it NEVER gets old!

Here’s some more fun ways to serve this Shrimp Pesto Pasta:

  • Add more color to the dish by sautéing 1/2 red bell pepper with the zucchini
  • Substitute chicken for the shrimp
  • Use any type of pasta you’d like, just make sure it’s cooked al dente and not too soft
  • Sprinkle a few toasted pine nuts on top for garnish

SO EASY! This Shrimp Pesto Pasta is my new favorite easy dinner recipe!

I’m positive you’re going to love this simple and easy pasta dinner!


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Shrimp Pesto Pasta

Shrimp Pesto Pasta is a super quick weeknight dinner that's filled with buttery zucchini, tender shrimp and hot pasta that's tossed in a homemade pesto sauce.
Prep Time7 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 230 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 8 oz. Angel Hair pasta
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 medium zucchini, cut into matchstick size
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 pound large uncooked shrimp, peeled
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil pesto
  • Parmesan Cheese


  • Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and toss with a tiny bit of olive oil to prevent sticking.
  • In a large pan, melt butter. Add garlic and zucchini, saute for 4 minutes. Move to one side of pan.
  • Season shrimp with salt and pepper then add to pan and cook 2 minutes on each side. Add the hot noodles and fresh pesto directly to pan and toss with tongs to evenly combine. Top with fresh Parmesan cheese. Serve warm.


Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 28.5g | Protein: 13.7g | Fat: 7.9g | Cholesterol: 71.6mg | Sodium: 494.6mg | Sugar: 1.1g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 3mg
Keywords: Pasta, pesto, shrimp, zucchini
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Originally published 8/13/2010. Updated photos on 7/7/2017.


SO EASY! This Shrimp Pesto Pasta is my new favorite easy dinner recipe!

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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
9 Responses
  1. Marilyn

    I am looking forward to giving this a try..Looks SO GOOD…and I made some lemon basil pesto that I have in the freezer that would be perfect for this. Amazing how the mosquitos stayed away from the lemon basil growing in the garden…made you want ot linger there!

  2. Lisa Christensen

    Hi Shawn! I’ve heard that I can use pecans instead of pine nuts for the pesto. We had a pecan tree when we lived in Texas and still have a couple bags in my freezer that still taste great. What do you think?

  3. Darlene

    I made this Shrimp Pesto Pasta dish tonight. It was delicious. Will make it again. I added 1 whole red pepper sliced thin, and 2 extra cloves of garlic. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe and the Fresh Basil Pesto recipe. In the fresh basil pesto, I used pistachio nuts, because I didn’t have pine nuts. Turned out delicious.

  4. Kathy Anderson

    I really love all your recipes it looks great to see photos with them. Keep up the
    great work. America get cooking its easier than you think!

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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