Pesto Shrimp Pasta

Pesto Shrimp Pasta

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From: Diabetic Living Magazine

Using a packaged pesto sauce mix saves time in this 20-minute orzo pasta salad recipe.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 cup dried orzo (6 ounces)
  • 4 teaspoons packaged pesto sauce mix, such as Knorr brand, divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined fresh or frozen medium shrimp, thawed
  • 1 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced
  • ⅛ teaspoon coarse salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 1 ounce shaved Parmesan cheese


  • Prep

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  1. Prepare orzo pasta according to package directions. Drain; reserving ¼ cup of the pasta cooking water. Stir 1 teaspoon of the pesto mix into the reserved cooking water; set aside.
  2. While pasta is boiling, combine 3 teaspoons of the pesto mix and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large resealable plastic bag. Seal and shake to combine. Add shrimp to bag; seal and turn to coat. Set aside.
  3. Cook zucchini in a large skillet in the remaining 1 tablespoon hot oil over medium-high heat for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring often. Add the pesto-marinated shrimp to the skillet and cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until shrimp is opaque.
  4. Add the cooked pasta to the skillet with the zucchini and shrimp mixture. Stir in the reserved pasta water until absorbed, scraping up any seasoning in the bottom of the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Squeeze the lemon halves over the pasta just before serving. Top with Parmesan.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 cup
  • Per serving: 361 calories; 10 g fat(2 g sat); 2 g fiber; 36 g carbohydrates; 32 g protein; 181 mcg folate; 188 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 360 IU vitamin A; 14 mg vitamin C; 179 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 502 mg sodium; 541 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Folate (45% daily value), Vitamin C (23% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 3½ lean protein, 2 starch, ½ fat, ½ other carbohydrate

Reviews 1

May 22, 2019
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By: Kelli
Easy & quick to make. Good flavor with the pesto mix and maybe next time, I''ll add chopped onion and bell pepper to give this dish a little more umph. Great dish and added to my healthy eating plan. Oh, great source of protein if you are trying to build muscle.
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