Chili Lime Shrimp Pesto Pasta

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recipe by Leigh Suznovich

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based on 3 ratings

The combination of shrimp with pasta is my favorite dinner combination in the world. It makes sense since it brings together my two favorite foods, ha! Coming up with different flavors and ways of preparing it is a lot of fun and always makes me think of my Nana Lulu. I can never think of pasta without thinking of her!

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recipe updated Oct 8, 2019


  • Pasta icon
    5¼ cups
  • Water icon
    as needed
  • Salt icon
    1 pinch
  • Avocado icon
    about ½ units (82g)
  • Arugula icon
    3 cups (72g)
  • Olive oil icon
    Olive oil
    ½ cup (120ml)
  • Pine nuts icon
    Pine nuts
    about ½ cup (68g)
  • Parmesan cheese icon
    Parmesan cheese
    about ½ cup (76g)
  • Almond milk icon
    Almond milk
    3 tbsp (44ml)
  • Sea salt icon
    Sea salt
    1 tsp (6g)
  • Olive oil icon
    Olive oil
    1 dash
  • Shrimp icon
    ½ cup
  • Lime juice icon
    Lime juice
    about ½ units (15g)
  • Lime zest icon
    Lime zest
    about ½ units (6g)
  • Chili powder icon
    Chili powder
    about ½ teaspoon (1g)
  • Smoked paprika icon
    Smoked paprika
    about ½ teaspoon (1g)
  • Red pepper flakes icon
    Red pepper flakes
    1 pinch
  • Cherry tomatoes icon
    Cherry tomatoes
    14 (210g)
  • Parmesan cheese icon
    Parmesan cheese
    as needed


  • kCook icon Stove
  • kCook icon Skillet pan
  • kCook icon Blender
  • kCook icon Frying pan
  • kCook icon Medium bowl
  • kCook icon Blender jug
  • kCook icon Large saucepan

Step preview

  1. Add pasta, water and salt to a clean large saucepan
  2. Heat until boiling - high heat
  3. Cook and continue - approx 7 min
  4. Add avocado, arugula, olive oil, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, almond milk and sea salt to a clean blender jug
  5. Blend until creamy then set aside
  6. Add olive oil to a clean frying pan
  7. Heat - high heat
  8. Add shrimps to the frying pan
  9. Cook - approx 3 min
  10. Add lime juice, lime zest, sea salt, chili powder, smoked paprika and red pepper flakes to the fish
  11. Cook - approx 1 min, low heat
  12. Add cherry tomatoes to the fish
  13. Spoon purée into fish while stirring occasionally
  14. Drain pasta
  15. Transfer pasta to fish
  16. Toss gently until combined
  17. Top with parmesan cheese
  18. Serve
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