A creamy pesto without the cream! This pesto sauce is delicious and I guarantee you'll never make it a different way again! Double recipe for a full pound of pasta.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a boil. Stir in penne, and return to a boil. Cook pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until mostly cooked through, but still firm to the bite, 8 to 10 minutes. Add shrimp to boiling water and cook until shrimp are bright pink on the outside and the meat is no longer transparent in the center, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain penne and shrimp; transfer back to empty pot.

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  • Blend avocado, lemon juice, basil, 2 tablespoons Romano cheese, garlic, salt, and black pepper in a food processor until smooth. Add olive oil and pulse until creamy. Remove blade from food processor and stir diced tomatoes into the creamy pesto. Transfer pesto to pot with pasta and shrimp; stir to coat. Serve with about 2 tablespoons Romano cheese, salt, and black pepper.

Nutrition Facts

479.7 calories; protein 16.6g 33% DV; carbohydrates 50.3g 16% DV; fat 24.5g 38% DV; cholesterol 50.6mg 17% DV; sodium 145.2mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (42)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/16/2012
Easy and yummy recipe! I doubled the garlic which added an extra kick. Didn't have any shrimp so I substituted with some shredded chicken. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/27/2019
This recipe was okay nothing special. We like regular pesto better and it is just as easy to make. Read More
55 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 40
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2012
Easy and yummy recipe! I doubled the garlic which added an extra kick. Didn't have any shrimp so I substituted with some shredded chicken. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/06/2013
Very easy to make and really really good. The only complaint was that the taste of the raw garlic was a bit overwhelming and I only used the two cloves the recipe called for. I will definitely make this again but will make it with roasted garlic to see if that helps with the raw garlic flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/25/2012
This is an ingenius way to make pesto!! I actually modified it with some leftover garbanzo beans which gave it an even more hearty texture. If you like avocado or guacamole even a little bit you need to try this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/16/2012
This is so good! I only made the pesto to substitute guacamole. I did make some changes based on what I had......no basil hence a little fresh and and some cilantro and no Romano hence some mozzarella..... It tasted so fresh.....This recipe rocks!! Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2014
I had just trimmed my basil plants and was out of spinach which I usually use to make pesto. I stumbled on this recipe in AR and really hit the jackpot. I am new to cooking with avocado and was amazed at the perfect texture it gave the pesto. The avocado gave it a nutty taste without having to actually used pine-nuts. The only change I made was I sauteed the shrimp and additional garlic in a few tablespoons of butter instead of adding the shrimp to the boiling penne. Then tossed in the drained pasta pesto Romano and a splash of leftover heavy cream and warmed it through. Easy delicious and aromatic. Thanks for posting! Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2015
Kock your socks off delicious! My guests were really impressed and thought I went to a lot of trouble! I sauteed shrimp in garlic and Old Bay and added at the very end. I also grilled asparagus cut them up and added those as well and some sliced small hybrid tomatoes on top. It tasted and looked wonderful. Two things for the next time though: I'd put the mixture on the stove at a warm setting at the end while adding the shrimp and rest of the ingredients. Although the dish was warm at the beginning it quickly cooed off. I would also add more seasoning - maybe more garlic and salt. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/21/2013
We loved this. I did add some nuts to the food processor (I had pecans on hand...love the taste it added). My whole family loved this recipe. Tasted very fresh. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2012
This recipe gets a big fat FIVE STARS. Absolutely delicious. I don't think I will ever, ever buy pesto from the store again... it just will not compare. I did not have Romano cheese, so used Parmesan. YUM! I did double the recipe and used a whole pound of shrimp. WONDERFUL! Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2014
Oh my...I rarely make a recipe and follow it to the letter, but this one I did not change a thing, it's a keeper...Avocado makes everything better!!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/27/2019
This recipe was okay nothing special. We like regular pesto better and it is just as easy to make. Read More