Shrimp Pasta with Pesto Sauce


Shrimp Pasta With Pesto Sauce

  • 1/2 lb medium- large shrimp (12 shrimps)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, divided (extra virgin)
  • 1/2 box pasta
  • 10-12 grape tomatoes (halved)
  • 2 garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 2-3 tbsp pesto sauce
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup pasta sauce
  • 2tsp fresh parsley (garnish )
  • 1/2-1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • Fill a medium pot with water and cover on medium heat.
  • Deveined and clean shrimps,  split the shrimp all the way to the tail but do not cut all the way through the tail leave about an inch from the tail.  I learned that from Auntie Fee, Rip.
  • Rinse your shrimp well discarding the vein and let it sit in a strainer to drain off the excess water.  In the meantime chop your garlic and parsley and set aside in a separate bowl.
  • Salt your pasta to the boiling water after about 3 minutes using a 10-inch pan add the oil to the pan, I used a black cast iron pan, then add the garlic and cook it for about 2 minutes add the shrimps and cook for about 2 minutes on each side (total pasta cook time is 7 minutes), the pasta should cook aldente’, be sure to reserve  a cup of pasta water and set aside.  Transfer the pasta using a tong to the shrimps add the tomatoes, the shrimps will finish cooking add the pesto sauce, half of the pasta water and bring it all together gently using your tong.  
  • Garnish with the fresh parsley and serve immediately.

*you can add freshly grated parmesan cheese to the finished dish.