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Pesto Shrimp & Roasted Tomatoes Pasta

We’re in for a doozy today.

It’s severe weather season in Oklahoma, and it definitely feels like. There’s a mugginess in the air that’s only felt this time of year. The National Weather Service has put out outlook maps for today and the tornado potential. I love this time of year, but it’s always a stressful time leading up to the possibility of an event or outbreak. 90% of the time nothing ever happens.

The other 10% of the time something major happens. That’s the scary percentage.

I’m sure I’ll be working nonstop today, and will barely have time to eat dinner. When and if I do eat dinner, it will be this lowcarb pasta dish I made for mealprepping this weekend.

I wanted a quick and easy dinner to use up a bunch of zucchini I had in the fridge. I knew I was going to spiralize the zucchini, I just didn’t know what I wanted to do with it afterward.

I know! Just make a pesto pasta!

Ding ding ding. We have a winner.

Pesto pasta is simple. Just buy a jar of the premade stuff at the grocery store and then throw whatever protein and veggies you want in it. I roasted some cherry tomatoes and added shrimp to this one. It’s simple, yet elegant. The roasted tomatoes burst with a sweetness that contrasts well with the powerful pesto.

Shrimp and pesto are just meant to be. I remember when I was a kid, my mom would make a shrimp and pesto pasta similar to this one; she used whatever else she had in the kitchen to beef it up. I like my combo, though. It’s not too many ingredients to make a whole mess of flavors. Just pesto, tomatoes and shrimp. Voila!

P.S.: If you’re not living the low-carb life, use regular pasta instead of zucchini noodles. Just cook according to package instructions and then toss in with the pesto, shrimp, tomato mixture.

Enjoy!

Pesto Shrimp & Roasted Tomatoes Pasta

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Zesty pesto mixed with shrimp and roasted tomatoes, served with zucchini noodles.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 TBS. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 jar pesto
  • 3 zucchini, spiralized
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • salt & pepper
  • Parmesan, for serving

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place tomatoes on a baking sheet and drizzle 1 tablespoon oil over them. Toss with thyme, salt and pepper. Roast, tossing once, for 20-25 minutes or until tomatoes are lightly browned and bursting. Remove pan from oven and let cool.
  2. Meanwhile, heat remaining tablespoon oil in a large pot over medium heat. Toss shrimp with Italian seasoning and add to pot. Cook, stirring, until shrimp is pink, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Pour in pesto and stir. Add tomatoes and zucchini noodles and toss. Let zucchini noodles warm up in pot for 1-2 minutes. Serve with parmesan.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place tomatoes on a baking sheet and drizzle 1 tablespoon oil over them. Toss with thyme, salt and pepper.

Roast, tossing once, for 20-25 minutes or until tomatoes are lightly browned and bursting. Remove pan from oven and let cool.

Meanwhile, heat remaining tablespoon oil in a large pot over medium heat. Toss shrimp with Italian seasoning and add to pot. Cook, stirring, until shrimp is pink, about 3-4 minutes.

Pour in pesto and stir. Add tomatoes and zucchini noodles and toss. Let zucchini noodles warm up in pot for 1-2 minutes. Serve with parmesan.

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