Creamy Pesto Garlic Shrimp Pasta

March 3, 2008 at 6:20 pm 9 comments

(Recipe from | photos from me!)


8 ounces uncooked angel hair pasta (I used thin spaghetti)
3 tablespoons butter, divided
4-1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
2 cups half-and-half cream
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons prepared pesto sauce
2 tablespoons minced garlic, divided
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce (I substituted 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cups fresh broccoli florets (I used frozen)
1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined


Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt 4-1/2 teaspoons butter over medium heat. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add cream. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.

Stir in the grated Parmesan cheese, pesto sauce, 1 tablespoon garlic, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, salt and pepper. Keep warm over low heat.

In a large skillet, saute broccoli in remaining butter for 5 minutes. Add shrimp and remaining garlic; cook and stir until shrimp turn pink. Stir in the cream sauce. Drain pasta; add to shrimp mixture and toss to coat.


Husband rating: A
He likes shrimp but usually prefers chicken in his pasta.

Wifey rating: A+
I love creamy pastas and shrimp so this was so good! Definitely will make again!


Entry filed under: main dish, pasta, seafood.

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ashley  |  March 3, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    This looks delish!Is it heavy on the pesto flavor? The only prepared pesto I can get here in Germany is not so tasty. If I ever get the food processor of my dreams maybe then I will make it from scratch!

  • 2. CB  |  March 3, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    ASHLEY, you are fast! I must be on your GR huh? ;) hehe. Personally I am not a huge pesto fan but I really liked this pasta. I think its b/c the pesto sauce isn’t very strong flavor in the sauce. It reminds of me a more flavorful alfredo sauce. Hope that helps!

  • 3. nikki57  |  March 3, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    ewwww shrimp nasty :P

  • 4. CB  |  March 3, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    ^ suck it shrimp hater.

  • 5. Pasta  |  March 4, 2008 at 1:37 am

    Nice to read your article,
    Good preparation done by you, pasta doesn’t contain fat. Its really good for health.

  • 6. bombshellwithin  |  March 4, 2008 at 6:58 am

    OoooohhhHHHHhhh that looks pretty! I <3 pesto. I’d probably never make it besides those handy packets they sell in the supermarket, but I can admire your fine work.

  • 7. CB  |  March 4, 2008 at 7:38 am

    BOMBSHELL, thanky! You should totally try to make it! Come on… you know you want to! hehe.

  • 8. Cheri  |  March 4, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    Hi, Yours look great. They are as thick as mine and you cooked it it a larger pan! I love the scale. I have been thinking of getting one.
    We’ll see how the next one goes!

  • 9. Aladybug73  |  December 24, 2013 at 10:09 am

    I wonder how many servings this makes. Wish this was always included in recipes.


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