Shari Duncan

FRESH & LIGHT: Penne Pesto with Shrimp
Shari

by on Jul.13, 2010, under Fish and Seafood, General Nutrition, High Protein dishes, Recipes

No time to cook healthy?  Think again.  You can ditch that excuse.

This is incredibly fast and easy to prepare. A main course meal from pan to plate in 15 minutes!   It is light, healthy, fiber and protein rich and bursting with flavor.  Try it.  Your taste buds will be very happy!

  • 2-3 cups cooked whole grain Penne Pasta (about ½ box)

    15 minute dinner that's high in protein, fiber but mostly high in flavor!

    15 minute dinner that's high in protein, fiber but mostly high in flavor!

  • 1 1/4 lb large shrimp, cleaned
  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil; Divided
  • Minced garlic (to taste)
  • 1 large red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 large or 2 med fresh tomatoes, diced
  • 2-3 TBSP Pesto Sauce
  • ~3/4c white wine (I didn’t measure!)
  • Salt, red crushed pepper flakes, Basil, Italian Seasonings.

Prepare pasta al-dente according to directions. Drain and set aside.

Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in large skillet or wok. Sauté the garlic, peppers, tomatoes over high heat until tender / crisp. (Approx 3-5 minutes).

Remove veggies from pan into bowl and set aside.

Add remaining olive oil and shrimp to pan and sauté, stirring frequently until shrimp just begins to turn pink.  Add pesto, dry seasonings and wine.  Stir often to mingle flavors. (Add more/less red pepper flakes to taste).

Return vegetables and 2-3 cups of prepared pasta to pan. Mix well.  Reduce heat, cover, and toss to allow flavors to mingle for 5-10 minutes.  Do not overcook shrimp!

Top with fresh romano/parmesan cheese if desired.

ENJOY!

For extra credit!!: Add fresh chopped spinach or asparagus to recipe. This adds nutrients, flavor and color. (I didn’t have any on hand).

Serve with a fresh garden salad.

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