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Pesto Shrimp Pasta

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
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This pesto shrimp pasta with sun-dried tomatoes is quick, easy, and delicious! Everything comes together in about 20 minutes and is the perfect dish for just about any occasion! You can't go wrong with pesto, shrimp, and sun-dried tomatoes!

Love seafood pasta? Try this Creamy Salmon Pasta and Cajun Salmon Pasta!

Pesto Shrimp Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes in a skillet with parsley

It's amazing how quickly this Pesto Shrimp Pasta comes together. It's quick, yes, but so flavorful. The pesto sauce literally hugs every bit of the pasta which makes every bite a true joy. The shrimp on top is perfectly sauteed and when you garnish everything with sun-dried tomatoes, it's heaven!

It's no secret that I love pasta. This recipe is quickly becoming one of my favorites along with this Sausage and Spinach Gnocchi Bake as well as this One Pot Creamy Tomato Pasta with Spinach.

The recipe and blog post for this Pesto Shrimp Pasta with Sun-dried Tomatoes was made in partnership with Calphalon! I received compensation and product in exchange for this work. My opinions on their products are genuine. If I didn't love their cookware, I would certainly mention it! Thanks for your continued support!

Pesto Shrimp Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes in a skillet with parsley

What kind of pasta goes well with pesto?

For this recipe, I used angel hair pasta, also known as capellini. Because this pesto sauce is so light, I really wanted a delicate pasta to pair with this delicate sauce. You can truly use any pasta that you like, but for this recipe, the angel hair pasta works wonders. Not to mention, it's my favorite pasta because it only takes a couple minutes to cook. All of these factors make this pasta the best to use with the pesto sauce required for this recipe.

Pesto Shrimp Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes in a skillet with parsley

What kind of shrimp should i use?

This Pesto Shrimp Pasta calls for pre-cooked shrimp. It literally cooks in about 4-5 minutes and doesn't require deveining the shrimp or peeling the shrimp. I don't know about you, but I hate peeling shrimp, especially during the week when I need to whip up a quick meal! About one pound of shrimp will suffice, but of course you can add more if you'd like! With this recipe, the more shrimp, the merrier.

How do you make pesto shrimp pasta?

Start by cooking the angel hair pasta according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside. Season the shrimp with parsley, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper. Drizzle olive oil in a pan/skillet (preferably non-stick) and cook shrimp for 4 minutes. Then add 1 tablespoon of pesto and cook for an additional minute, ensuring that all shrimp are coated.

NOTE: if using more than 1 pound of shrimp, add more pesto.

Remove shrimp from pan and set aside. Add more pesto to the pan along with sun-dried tomatoes and butter and a little lemon juice. Toss noodles in the sauce and add the shrimp back in. Garnish with parsley and additional sun-dried tomatoes. And you're done!

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Pesto Shrimp Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Serving: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Calories: 300kcal


  • 1 lb pre-cooked shrimp
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsps dried parlsey
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsps Sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 4 tbsps Salted Butter
  • 16 Oz Angel Hair Pasta


  • Cook angel hair pasta according the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  • Season shrimp with parsley, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper. In a skillet over medium heat, drizzle with olive oil and cook shrimp for about 4 minutes. Add 1 tbsp of pesto and continue to cook for 1 minutes.
  • Remove shrimp from the pan and add an additional 2 tablespoons of pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, a tsp of lemon juice, and 4 tbsps of butter. Cook together until butter is melted. Add additional salt and pepper as desired.
  • Toss angel hair pasta in the sauce and place shrimp back in pan and toss everything together. Garnish with parsley and additional sub-dried tomatoes.


Calories: 300kcal
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American

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  1. Thanks for answering my question, Britney. I also wanted to mention that I too am a Calphalon cook, but my set is about 30 years old (gifted from my mom). It still looks and cooks great! I wouldn't use anything else!!!

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