Pasta is tossed with lemon-garlic shrimp and basil arugula pesto to make this simple dinner with delicious, complex flavors.
How many mouthwatering flavors can be packed into one bowl of pasta? Lemon, garlic, basil, arugula...it's all in this simple recipe for lemon garlic shrimp with basil arugula pesto.
What Makes This Recipe Easy?
This recipe for shrimp linguine sounds fancy, but it's really very simple. It's a "fancy" dinner that can be on the table in 30 minutes.
- Boil linguine or your favorite pasta
- Sauté shrimp in garlic, olive oil and lemon zest
- Blend homemade pesto in the food processor - garlic, walnuts, parmesan cheese, arugula, basil and olive oil
- Toss together pasta, shrimp and pesto
Recipe Short-Cut: Buy pesto at the store, then blend it in your food processor with a few handfuls of arugula to make arugula pesto.
What Does Arugula Pesto Taste Like?
This recipe would be just as good with regular basil pesto, but I love the bold, unique flavor of arugula pesto.
Arugula has a lively flavor that's peppery and slightly sharp. The mildly spicy, peppery flavor of arugula is balanced by the basil in this pesto.
To make arugula pesto, just blend arugula with basil, garlic, walnuts, parmesan cheese and olive oil in a food processor.
You can add a lot of arugula to the pesto, or just a little bit. It's your choice!
Arugula is also called "rocket" or "Italian Cress." If you'd like an arugula substitute that has a similar peppery flavor, watercress is a good choice.
If you don't care about the peppery flavor, but would like to add extra greens to your pesto, then try my Spinach Pesto with basil.
Walnut Pesto Substitutions
Walnuts have an earthy flavor that pairs well with arugula. But you can substitute more traditional pine nuts for walnuts, or use sunflower seeds to make nut-free pesto. You might also really like my recipe for Almond Pesto. Yum!
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