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finished pesto shrimp pasta in a large nonstick skillet

Creamy Pesto Shrimp Pasta

Creamy pesto pasta with shrimp and mushrooms is a beautifully flavorful dinner. Perfect romantic dinner recipe and ready in 30 minutes.
4.41 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 3 people
Calories 876 kcal


  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 8 oz sliced white button mushrooms
  • 1 lb large shrimp peeled and deveined (see Notes)
  • kosher salt
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup prepared basil pesto
  • 1 9 oz package fresh pasta such as linguine or fettuccine
  • garnish: fresh chopped basil and parmesan cheese


For the Mushrooms

  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat.
  • Once hot, add the mushrooms, toss in the oil, and saute tossing occasionally, until mushrooms are nicely browned.
  • Transfer browned mushrooms to a plate and set aside.
  • Keep the skillet off the heat to cool a bit while you prepare the shrimp.

For the Shrimp

  • Toss the prepared (peeled and deveined) shrimp in a couple pinches salt and pepper and the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  • Add the shrimp to the skillet used for the mushrooms. Cook over medium-high heat, turning the shrimp once, until shrimp are opaque and just barely cooked through.
  • Transfer the shrimp to the plate with the mushrooms and set aside.

For the Pesto Sauce

  • Put the same skillet used above over high heat.
  • Deglaze the pan by adding the wine and simmer until the wine is reduced by half.
  • Reduce heat to medium and add the cream. Simmer gently, stirring regularly, until slightly thickened.
  • Turn off the heat and add the cheese and pesto. Taste for seasoning, and add salt to your taste (at least 1/2 tsp because this will season the pasta once added). Sauce will continue to thicken a bit more.

For the Pasta

  • Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and add the pasta to the sauce along with the shrimp and mushrooms and toss well.
  • Garnish with basil and more parmesan and serve.


I prefer to leave the little tails on the shrimp to keep them pretty. My husband prefers them off so make eating them easier.


Calories: 876kcal (44%)

Calorie count is purely an estimate calculated using an online application to serve as a guide and not to be taken as accurate nutritional information. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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