This week has been extreme hard for me and my family. My sister Lillian has been fighting Cancer for almost 15 years. A week or so ago the doctors told her there is not much more they can do for her. So I am dealing with so many emotions but I realize to get my mind off it I need to get back in the kitchen. So tonight I came up with a dish that could use all my fresh Basil from my garden. Here is what I created on a whim. I really hope that you try it. If you don’t feel inspired to make your own pesto there are so many to choose from in the condiment aisle of most grocery stores. But nothing beats fresh pesto.
Chopped two cloves of garlic and set aside. Meanwhile I started to boil the water for the pasta. I just used whole wheat linguine and followed the instruction on the box. Then I started my Pesto. I picked out of my garden about 10 to 15 basil leaves and washed them and put them in my food processor. Added two whole cloves of garlic, a handful of walnuts(I usually use pine nuts but was out) and two chunks of parmesan cheese. Pulse and while pulsing add olive oil until combined. It should look like this.
When the water starts to boil add the pasta and while that is cooking I added half the shrimp to a pan with olive oil and butter. I had to cook in batches then add them all back in the pan.
Just before the shrimp is done add the two cloves of garlic that was set aside earlier. Then add the drained pasta into the pan with the shrimp and garlic and toss the pasta until the shrimp and garlic are mixed. I then add the pesto to the pasta.
Mix the pesto in and continue to cook for a few seconds. At that is it. You are done. Dinner is served.
I think this is a new favorite in our house.
Garlic Shrimp Pesto Pasta
1 pkg of Frozen precooked shrimp
1/3 box of linguine pasta( I used whole wheat pasta)
4 gloves of garlic
10 to 15 basil leaves
handful of walnuts
2 chunks of Parmesan cheese ( I literally broke off two chunks)
1 Tablespoon of butter
Thaw your shrimp and dry off with paper towel. Prepare your pasta according to the package. Chop two of the gloves of garlic and set aside. In a food processor add the Basil, walnuts, the other two garlic cloves whole, and parmesan cheese. Pulse and add olive oil until mixed and this is the pesto mixture. Saute the shrimp in olive oil and butter. I did this in batches and then added them all back in the pan and then I added the chopped garlic. Cook until garlic is done and then add the pasta and mix. Then spoon the pesto in and mix into the pasta. Then let it cook with pasta just for a few seconds. Then serve.