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Asparagus-Spinach-Pesto Pasta with Cajun Shrimp

  • Servings
  • Hands-on time
  • Total time
  • Budget
  • 6
  • 30 min
  • 40 min
  • $$
Gatheredtable
adapted fromGimme Some Oven

Ingredients

  • 1 pound linguine
  • 1 pound shrimp
  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut
  • 3 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, divided (optional)
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 9 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning

Directions

Prep: 1. Boil water. 2. Peel and rinse shrimp (if using raw). 3. Trim woody ends from asparagus and cut into 1-inch pieces. Make: 1. Cook pasta according to package instructions. During last two minutes add asparagus and cook until tender-crisp; drain (we recommend placing the asparagus in a mesh strainer or steamer basket to keep it separate from the pasta). 2. Add asparagus, spinach, garlic, parmesan, 1/4 cup pine nuts, 2 tablespoons lemon juice and salt to a food processor. 3. Process until combined, then drizzle in 1/2 cup olive oil and process again until smooth. Add water if too thick. 4. Toss shrimp with cajun seasoning to cover. 5. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a pan over medium heat; add shrimp and sauté to warm through (if using raw shrimp cook for 5 minutes or until cooked through). 6. In a bowl, stir together pesto and pasta until evenly coated. Stir in shrimp; serve.

Notes

To cut down on prep time, use precooked, peeled shrimp. Getting the woody ends off asparagus is a snap! Check out our favorite trick here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lO--KBhVzeE

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