Linguine with Grilled Shrimp & Black Olives

March/April 1995, The Essential EatingWell Cookbook (2004)

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The smoky mellowness of grilled shrimp plays against the powerful saltiness of olives in this lively summer pasta.

"This has been a go to dish for me for many years! Unlike other recipes, I have not found it necessary to make any changes. Great if you like shrimp, fresh basil and tomatoes, and garlic. Elizabeth, Topeka, KS "
Linguine with Grilled Shrimp & Black Olives

Makes: 4 servings

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  • 1 pound medium shrimp, (30-40 per pound), peeled and deveined
  • Salt & coarsely ground pepper, to taste
  • 12 ounces whole-wheat linguine
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 large cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 4 vine-ripened tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup brine-cured black olives, pitted and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, (optional)


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high. Put a large pot of lightly salted water on to boil.
  2. Thread shrimp onto skewers and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill until just opaque throughout, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove the shrimp from the skewers and cut each into 3 or 4 pieces. Set aside.
  3. While the shrimp is grilling, cook linguine until just tender, about 8 minutes. Drain but do not rinse.
  4. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until it just starts to brown, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, olives, the grilled shrimp and cooked linguine; cook, tossing, until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl, mix in the basil and season with pepper. Top with Parmesan, if using, and serve.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Equipment: Bamboo or metal skewers


Per serving: 522 calories; 11 g fat (2 g sat, 6 g mono); 172 mg cholesterol; 74 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 37 g protein; 13 g fiber; 449 mg sodium; 788 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Fiber (52% daily value), Vitamin C(40% dv), Iron (35% dv), Vitamin A (35% dv), Folate (20% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 4

Exchanges: 4 starch, 1 1/2 vegetable, 3 lean meat, 2 fat

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