Monday, April 2, 2012

mmmmm, mondays: linguine with shrimp and pesto

this one is so simple and is a favorite with my family. if you have homemade pesto, it's time to pull it out of the freezer. if you don't, here's a plan for getting your homemade sauce ready for next year. in the meantime, enjoy a ten minute meal the whole family will eat.

linguine with shrimp and pesto

shrimp - i buy the frozen, peeled, raw shrimp at costco. according to various men of meat departments and several reliable websites, frozen shrimp is actually fresher than the "fresh" shrimp you would buy at the meat counter. it's also cheaper. my kids love shrimp so i put a ton of it into this recipe. the nice thing about a frozen bag of shrimp is you can prepare just what your family will eat.

chopped garlic - about 2 cloves or 1 tablespoon of crushed garlic

olive oil

salt pepper

pesto sauce - if you have frozen pesto, pull out about 1 cup of frozen pesto. if you are buying pesto sauce at the store, use one cup.

alfredo sauce - 1 use one jar of store bought alfredo sauce per cup of pesto to make the sauce a little more mild in flavor.

dried linguine

parmesan cheese

pour the frozen shrimp into a shallow baking dish. coat with olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic. allow to sit for about ten minutes. prepare the linguine per package instructions. while pasta is cooking, cook the shrimp on a grill or an indoor grilling pan (or your george forman) until cooked through. this will only take about 5 minutes. heat the sauces together in a small pan. add the shrimp to the sauce and pour over cooked, drained linguine. pile onto plates and top with grated parmesan cheese. enjoy!

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