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Recipe: Penne with Shrimp, Peas, and Pesto

This is so lovely and tasty! I created this since I wanted the FLAVOR of risotto but didn’t have any arborio rice to MAKE risotto.


  • 5 C whole wheat penne – cooked
  • 3 cloves garlic – minced
  • 2 medium shallots – minced
  • 1/2 C white wine
  • 1 TBSP butter
  • 1/2 C reserved pasta water
  • 1 C frozen peas
  • 12oz frozen shrimp – peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 C prepared jarred pesto
  • 2 1/2oz Parmesan cheese – weighed THEN grated
  • Kosher Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • cooking spray


  1. In a large pot that’s been sprayed with cooking spray on medium heat, add your shallots and cook until soft, about 2-3 minutes. Stir often as we don’t want BURNED shallots!
  2. Add your garlic and the white wine. Reduce the wine for about 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add in your peas, shrimp, a bit of the cooking water from the pasta, and the pesto.
  4. Cook for about 8 minutes, until the peas and shrimp are heated through. Add in your Parmesan cheese, butter, salt, and pepper to taste. Toss with the whole wheat penne.
  5. This recipe makes 6 servings. Each serving is 1C.

Everyone, especially my husband LOVED this pasta dish. It’s really so simple to make as long as you have everything on hand.

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posted on January 7th 2011 at 6:26AM CST

Looks tasty!

posted on January 7th 2011 at 2:04PM CST

Oh it totally is!

posted on January 7th 2011 at 2:14PM CST

Looks absolutely delicious, I’m going to have to make some :D

posted on January 7th 2011 at 5:53PM CST

It’s so delicious AND fast to make.

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posted on January 7th 2011 at 4:40PM CST

Yummm!!! This looks really good.

posted on January 7th 2011 at 5:53PM CST

It really is and it’s so easy to change from shrimp to chicken or any other protein!

posted on January 8th 2011 at 2:30PM CST

I’ve saved this for our next meal plan!

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