Arugula Pesto Pasta with Garlic Shrimp

4 - 6 people
Prep Time:
00h 05
Cook Time:
00h 20

What’s better than pasta? When it is made in under 15 minutes! A pesto made from scratch in only minutes along with a quick sauté of some shrimp can surely satisfy anyone in a meal rut.

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Ingredients and Method


  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 cups firmly packed arugula, plus extra for garnish
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup grated pecorino romano cheese, plus more for garnish
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound linguini
  • 1/2 - 1/3 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a food processor, combine the pine nuts and garlic and process until finely chopped. Add the 3 cups arugula and process until coarsely chopped. With the processor running, gradually add the olive oil in a steady stream and process until smooth. Turn off the machine and add the lemon juice and cheese, then pulse until incorporated. Transfer the pesto to a bowl and season with salt and pepper as needed.
  2. Cook the pasta until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  3. Toss the shrimp with the oil, garlic powder as well as salt and pepper. Saute for about 3 minutes on each side until pink and fully cooked.
  4. In a large bowl, toss the pesto with the pasta until well coated. Scatter arugula leaves on top and sprinkle with extra cheese. Serve immediately.