Easiest 30 minute fancy meal ever! Goat Cheese Spinach Pesto Pasta with Grilled Shrimp | www.joyfulhealthyeats.com

Goat Cheese Spinach Pesto Pasta with Grilled Shrimp

A creamy lemony Goat Cheese Spinach Pesto Pasta packed with nutrients then topped off with smokey Grilled Shrimp for the ultimate pasta dish!

SOooo.. Monday… Oh Monday.

That was kind of a long day.

I got a call from Mike at like 4pm Monday afternoon.

He told me that he had gotten in a bad car accident, that he was rear ended. The back of his car was all bent and caved in. He was fine. But that the cops were on the way. That he had to go, but would be home soon because he could still drive.

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Ughh… heart was pounding. Glad he was ok, but still. No one wants to get a call that someone you love was in a bad accident.

The police showed up on the scene, talked to both parties, did their reports, and let them go.

Only problem was, Mike’s car now no longer started.

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He drives a big Toyota Tundra Truck so the impact of the collision was absorbed in the huge bed of his truck and then moved along the side of the car. The shock of the impact popped out things from the dashboard as well as the door power control board {the one that controls your lock/unlock and windows}. Somehow the impact also messed up something with the car computer so it no longer worked, it just all of a sudden stopped.

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After Mike finally got home we thought most of the “fun” was done. Except he was starting to feel pain in his neck and back as well as a slight headache so we decided that it would be best to go to an Urgent Care Facility to have him checked out just to make sure everything was ok.

That led to us getting home around 10pm.

Easiest 30 minute fancy meal ever! Goat Cheese Spinach Pesto Pasta with Grilled Shrimp | www.joyfulhealthyeats.com

The next day we learned that most likely his car will be totaled. :( Major bummer … we don’t have any car payments. Also major bummer because we have to buy a new car for me this year as well, my car has broken down 3-4 times already in the past 2 months.

So… all in all. Looks like we will be getting 2 cars in 2014. Not by choice, but by default. :( Booo….

Easiest 30 minute fancy meal ever! Goat Cheese Spinach Pesto Pasta with Grilled Shrimp | www.joyfulhealthyeats.com

Ok, are you ready to get off the debbie downer train with me and onto the deliciousness train?

All aboard! {ok, kinda cheesy… I know.. but hey.. just go with it ok?}

I’m sure you know by now that I am a lover of pesto. It is a great and easy way to add fresh flavor to a dish and literally takes like 3 minutes to make.

Today I decided to mix it up a bit and instead of the typical basil pesto I went with a nutrient rich Spinach base, a creamy tangy goat cheese, and fresh lemon. Added it to some whole wheat pasta and then topped the dish with Grilled Shrimp.

This dish is literally done in 25 minutes and tastes so fancy, perfect for dinner guests or just a quick weeknight meal with family.

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Goat Cheese Spinach Pesto Pasta with Grilled Shrimp
 
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Recipe type: Grilling Recipes, Seafood, Pasta
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • Goat Cheese Spinach Pesto:
  • 2 cups of spinach, packed
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ cup of pine nuts, toasted
  • ½ cup of olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon zest
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 3 oz of goat cheese
  • Pasta:
  • 1lb. of fettuccini pasta
  • 1 lb. of large shrimp, deveined and shells off
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. In a blender, add spinach, garlic, pine nuts, lemon zest, lemon juice, honey, salt & pepper. Blend for 30 seconds.
  2. Add in olive oil and goat cheese. Blend until smooth. Store in refrigerator.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to add a boil and add in 1lb. of pasta {i used fettuccini}. Cook until al dente, will tell you on box label how long.
  4. Heat grill to medium high heat.
  5. Season large shrimp with olive oil, salt, & pepper.
  6. Place on grill and cook for 2-3 minutes per side.

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Lovely comments

  1. says

    I love ‘regular’ basil pesto, but I really LOVE spinach pesto. And it goes so well with shrimp, a perfect combo.
    I’m deffo going to make this using zucchini noodles. Great recipe Krista!

  2. says

    Yikes, thank goodness your husband was badly injured. That sounds like quite a hard rear hit for things to pop out of the dash. We had both of our cars paid off and then mine started giving me troubles, so we bite the bullet and just bought a new one. Nice new car, but not excited about a new payment.
    Well, this dish looks amazing. I love the combination of spinach and goat cheese!

    • says

      Totally agree! Such a blessing that he is ok but not excited about adding a car payment to the budget. :) So glad you liked the recipe Cindy, thanks for stopping by and the sweet comments girl!

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