Carrot Top Pesto Shrimp


To see my recipe for Carrot top pesto, click here! When I froze this pesto, I didn’t add any parmesan, so if you are using store bought or even your own homemade pesto, please note that I did not add double the cheese. Also based on flavor, add some sugar or salt to flavor the sauce before adding the pasta.

This pasta is easy and straight forward, pasta, pesto, and shrimp. I didn’t strain my pasta in a colander, and instead used a slotted spoon to transfer the pasta to the pesto. I then boiled my shrimp for 1-2 minutes before using the same spoon to transfer them to the pasta mixture. I boiled my shrimp because I bought precooked shrimp, and at the time I hadn’t thawed them, so it was a great way to warm them up. If you will be doing that yourself, just be careful not to overcook the shrimp. Shrimp is fully cooked when it forms a “c” in shape. If the shrimp looks like an “o” then is will be over cooked, and tougher to eat. This recipe made 4-5 adult sized portions.

What You Will Need

  • 2/3 cup Pesto
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan
  • 1/2 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Pasta Water
  • 1 1/2 cup Rotini Pasta
  • 1 1/2 Cup Shrimp
  • Large frying pan
  • Large sauce Pan & Colander


  1. Use the large frying pan with 1/2 Tbsp oil to cook any raw shrimp, 2 minutes per side in a hot pan. If using cooked and frozen shrimp, place your shrimp in a bowl with cold water for 5-10 minutes to thaw then strain through a colander.
  2. Fill a large sauce pan 3/4 with water and bring the water to a boil. Add rotini and cook until al dente. Reserve pasta water before straining.
  3. In a large frying pan, add pesto, sugar, and parmesan. Heat over low heat and combine.
  4. Add cooked pasta, cooked shrimp, and pasta water to pesto. Stir together and heat for a 3-5 minutes over low heat. Serve immediately.

2 thoughts on “Carrot Top Pesto Shrimp

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  1. Hi there! The recipe is missing step(s) for adding the shrimp. You mention your method using cooked but frozen shrimp in your post but not in Directions section. Thank-you for this recipe! Colleen


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