5 Versatile Summer Pasta Dishes


4. Creamy Pesto Shrimp and Angel Hair


An Italian favorite, rich pesto sauce is a delicious change from marinara sauces. Look for jarred pesto sauce in the refrigerated pasta section of your grocery store.

  • Cuisine: European;
  • Category: Side Dish;
  • Serves: 2-4;
  • Prep Time:20 min;
  • Cook time:15 min;
  • Nutrition Per Serving: 373;


  • 1 box angel hair pasta, cooked and drained
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ cups half and half or heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup pesto sauce
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and de-veined

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. And half and half (or cream) and pepper and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in the Parmesan and pesto, stirring to combine well. Continue to stir and cook for 5 more minutes, until thick and creamy. Stir in the shrimp and continue cooking for another 6 minutes, or until the shrimp turns pink and opaque. Serve over warm pasta.

Mix it up: This bright and creamy sauce tastes just as good with any seafood. Try using crab meat, halibut filets or even swordfish steaks instead of the shrimp.

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