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Basil Shrimp Pesto & Dinner 20 Minutes!

Sometimes the simple pleasures are all we need in life. This simple Mediterranean pasta dish makes for a delightful dinner.  Basil is a good source of vitamin K, manganese, copper, and vitamin A.  While olive oil provides ample antioxidants and vitamin E.  Shrimp contains protein, potassium, calcium, and magnesium.
Makes 4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Pasta Ingredients:
  • 1 lb shrimp
  • ¾ lb gluten-free pasta
  • Butter as needed
Pasta Directions:
  1. Boil pasta until al dente following package directions.
  2. Steam or boil shrimp until soft. Careful not to cook too long as the shrimp will get rubbery. It should only take about 5 minutes.
 Pesto Ingredients:
  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino cheese
 Pesto Directions:
  1. Combine the basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of the oil and process until fully incorporated and smooth.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add the remaining oil and pulse until smooth.
  5. Transfer the pesto to a large serving bowl and mix in the cheese, pasta, and shrimp.