Creamy Pesto Shrimp


This creamy pesto shrimp pasta is perfect for weeknight dinners and is one of our family's favorites.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 pound linguine pasta

  • ½ cup butter

  • 2 cups heavy cream

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • cup pesto

  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined


  1. Gather ingredients together.

    Overview of ingredients gathered to make creamy shrimp pesto

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  2. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil. Stir in linguine and return to a boil. Cook pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 to 10 minutes; drain.

    High angle shot of cooked pasta in a strainer

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  3. Meanwhile, melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in cream and season with pepper; cook, stirring constantly, for 6 to 8 minutes.

  4. Stir Parmesan cheese into cream sauce until thoroughly mixed. Stir in pesto and cook until thickened, 3 to 5 minutes.

    High angle shot of creamy pesto sauce cooking in a pan

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  5. Stir in shrimp and cook until they turn pink, about 5 minutes. Serve sauce over hot linguine.

    Creamy pesto with shrimp, cooking in a pan as seen from above

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  6. Serve hot and enjoy!

    mid angle looking at a bowl of creamy pesto shrimp served over pasta in a white bowl



This recipe is also great when made with crabmeat instead of shrimp.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

646 Calories
43g Fat
43g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 646
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 43g 54%
Saturated Fat 24g 122%
Cholesterol 210mg 70%
Sodium 437mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 254mg 20%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 217mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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