Shrimp and Artichoke Pasta with Pesto

I’m home for the rest of the summer! Classes are over and I finally get to relax and do whatever–the way summer is meant to be spent.

So, of course, my first full day back involved planning what to make for dinner. I didn’t mind, and with my sister’s help, we pulled off this delicious shrimp and artichoke pasta with pesto.


1 package rice spaghetti pasta

2 or more tablespoons pesto

  • Food process a bunch of basil, parsley and/or mint, garlic, olive oil, salt, pine nuts (optional), and cheese (optional – I sometimes use a sheep’s cheese like Romano, or goat cheese)

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 clove garlic, finely minced

30 large shrimp or prawns, de-tailed (frozen is easier)

1/2 to 1 cup frozen peas

About 20 artichoke hearts, quartered (canned, in a jar of oil, or even frozen)

Handful thinly sliced green onion greens

Handful fresh parsley

White cooking wine (optional)

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions (5 servings)

1. Heat a large pot with water to boil. Add the pasta to the pot. Leave uncovered, let cook according to instructions on the pasta package (for rice pasta, usually from 15 to 20 minutes).

2. Once the pasta is done, drain it and toss with the pesto.

3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and shrimp and cook, stirring, for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the peas and artichokes, lower the heat to medium, cover and cook for an additional minute. Add the green onions and parsley. Add the pestoed pasta and about a third of a cup of white wine. Toss to coat evenly and let cook for a few minutes.

4. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.


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Categories: Main dish, Meat, Pasta, Sauce, Seafood


Became a voracious, unapologetic bookworm in 4th grade after reading the first three Harry Potter books. Have a thing for dystopias, young adult novels, classic literature and funny memoirs (re: Mindy Kaling / Tina Fey). English and journalism geek, media and pop culture critic, food writer and blogger, editor of an entertainment magazine. Hobbies include: my Netflix account, cooking, gardening, music, art and hiking.


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