A Bowl of Pesto Pasta with Shrimp and Cherry Tomatoes

Shrimp Pesto Pasta

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • cook_time Cook Time: 13 minutes
  • total_time Total Time: 18 minutes
  • yield Yield: 4 1x
  • category Category: Dinner
  • method Method: Stove
  • cuisine Cuisine: Italian


This savory Shrimp Pesto Pasta is a quick and easy dinner that’s full of classic Italian flavors! Shrimp and cherry tomatoes are nestled in with penne noodles, and it’s all covered in homemade pesto sauce.



  • 1 1/2 lb. of shrimp (deveined, raw)
  • 2 T. of coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 lb. of penne pasta
  • Homemade Basil Pesto
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved


  1. Heat skillet to medium high heat.
  2. In small bowl, place raw shrimp, lemon zest, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat. Place coconut oil in hot skillet, then add shrimp.
  3. Sauté shrimp for 5-6 minutes, or until completely pink.
  4. In separate pot, put penne in boiling water and cook al dente. (usually 6-7 minutes)
  5. Drain noodles when finished, reserve 1 cup of cooking liquid.
  6. Mix all ingredients together: noodles, pesto, shrimp, reserved cooking liquid, and cherry tomatoes.

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