Shrimp Pasta with Arugula and Walnut Pesto Recipe


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Shrimp Pasta with Arugula and Walnut Pesto Recipe 1

My husband and son are in and out this weekend so I decided to make myself a quick lunch just for me. What is it about cooking for yourself when you are used to cooking for everyone else that leaves you scratching your head as to what you want to eat? I walked around my kitchen no less than 10 times opening the refrigerator like surely something would speak to me from inside of it telling me what I should prepare.

I’m so used to preparing meals that I know my husband and son will love, meals that include their favorite things, that it takes me a while to realize what I’d actually like to eat when they aren’t with me.

Finally, I pulled ingredients from the pantry, refrigerator, and the freezer and tossed together one of the best lunches I’ve had in a long time! I quickly cooked a little pasta and thawed some precooked shrimp from my freezer. And remember the arugula and walnut pesto I made earlier this week? I scooped a few tablespoons of it onto my pasta, sliced a few tomatoes, and then tossed it all together until my pasta was well dressed.

It was heaven on a plate. So quick, so easy, and oh so delicious.

Here’s my Quick Shrimp Pasta with Arugula  and Walnut Pesto recipe. I hope you love it.

Quick Shrimp Pasta with Arugula and Walnut Pesto Recipe

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Quick Shrimp Pasta with Arugula and Walnut Pesto makes for a simple, delicious meal in minutes.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1 pound cooked linguine
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 20 – 25 (1 1/2 pounds) medium shrimp, , cooked, peeled and deveined
  • 1 arugula and walnut pesto
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper


  • Drizzle olive oil into a large skillet over medium heat. Add butter and shrimp. Cook shrimp for about 2 minutes and turn to cook other side for same amount of time.
  • Add in cooked linguine and pesto. Toss to coat shrimp and pasta well with pesto.
  • Remove to plate and add halved grape tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper.
  • Serve warm.


Calories: 436kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 432mg | Potassium: 179mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 739IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 185mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Now, the recipe I included is for 4-6 people, so just scale it down if you plan to cook this for yourself, like I did. Also, I’ve written the recipe for cooking your shrimp. If you use precooked shrimp from the freezer section of your grocery store like I did, then you’ll just need to thaw your shrimp but I still toss all of it into my skillet with olive oil and butter with the pesto. It just makes it all come together so well.

Ya know, it was so good that I may just have it again for supper.

Now, I just have to decide what to watch on television. I rarely ever have control of the remote around here.

Decisions. Decisions.

I need ideas!

Robyn xo

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  1. Kate @ FramedCooks says:

    Pesto is the best, isn’t it? I’m making an edamame pesto later this week. And love the addition of shrimp for some extra elegance! πŸ™‚

  2. Sarah Farfan says:

    5 stars
    My goodness!!! I made this lovely recipe last night for my husband & a couple of guests, and they all loved it so much!!! It was a HIT!!! Thank you soo very much for the recipe! You truly are talented! The only question I have (out of curiosity) is…why did my pasta come out green and yours didn’t? lol

  3. Deborah says:

    I usually opt for something super simple, like a grilled cheese sandwich, when I’m just cooking for myself. But I’m going to rethink that next time and make something like this – it looks amazing!!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thanks so much, Deborah! Grilled cheese sandwiches always just hit the perfect spot of simple and comfort combined.

  4. Lynne says:

    I luv to print your delicious recipes, but i tap print, it doesn’t do anything on my airprinter..i have to use my print button on my ipad, and then it prints about 12 pages. Needless to say, this is a problem. Do u have any suggestions?

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Hey Lynne, Thank you so much for printing my recipes! I just tested printing from my computer and from my iPad to my airprinter and both just printed the single recipe card page. I am clicking the “print” button that is in the top right corner of the recipe ‘card’ for each post, just in case you may be using another print function. Let me know if you continue to have any issues!

  5. Corrie_Alexa says:

    I would eat Crustless Spinach Quiche like my Momma makes and get in bed and read something useless!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Oh my, that sounds rather heavenly!

  6. Lori @ RecipeGirl says:

    oh yummy! I love arugula- and would be happy to make a pesto out of it!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thanks, Lori. I truly love basil pesto, but I really didn’t miss it with this version. I think you’ll love it!

  7. Blog is the New Black says:

    My fiance would LOVE this! And I would love the pesto part!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thanks so much, Liz. You’ll have to let me know how he likes it!

  8. Alessandra says:

    That sounds like you deserved your little R and R, I think I would make something good to eat, watch home and garden network, and give myself a manicure.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      It was great for the first 24 hours and then I was ready for them to be home! Home and Garden Network is always great, isn’t it?

  9. Amy says:

    I would eat this and watch a stack of movies. Probably all the movies with Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan … ya know, chick flicks. (Four Wedding and a Funeral, Notting Hill, My Best Friend’s Wedding, She’s Got Mail … )

    Although I did just watch The Trip (this one, recently and it was a hoot. No chicks to make it a chick flick, but still funny.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thank so much for the movie recommendations. I watched Pride & Prejudice, tons of Lifetime movies, cleaned my laundry room, and read. It was perfect for the first day, then I missed them terribly.