4-Ingredient Shrimp and Pesto Pasta

4-Ingredient Shrimp and Pesto Pasta

  • Author: Holley Grainger
  • Yield: 5 cups 1x
  • Category: Main Dish, Dinner


For a fast weeknight meal that uses only 4 ingredients, Shrimp & Pesto Pasta is a definite go-to. It uses prepared pesto and refrigerated pasta to cut down on prep time so you can get your meal on the table fast with minimal cleanup. (And really, what’s not to love about that!)



  • 1 container basil pesto (7-ounce)
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined medium shrimp
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 1 package fresh linguine (9-ounce)


  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions, reserving ¼ cup pasta water.
  2. While pasta cooks, heat 1 tablespoon pesto in a large nonstick skillet. Sauté shrimp and tomato in pesto for 3 minutes. Add remaining pesto to pan and heat until warm and shrimp are cooked.
  3. Pour pesto mixture over linguine and toss to coat. Add pasta water, as needed, one tablespoon at a time, if more moisture is needed.