Pesto Shrimp Fettuccine in Mushroom Garlic Sauce

This delicious Pesto Shrimp Fettuccine is all about the flavor combination: zesty pesto, with hints of garlic, mushrooms, that are tender and add a lot of flavor and the perfectly cooked shrimp  that is sweet and tender. Yum!
Pesto, Shrimp, Fettuccine, Mushroom, Garlic, Basil, Pasta, Pasta Whatsinthepan.comPerfectly cooked mushrooms is the essential parts to this dish. Heat is what gives you browning for the mushrooms as well as using plenty of oil to help quickly evaporate any water that mushrooms will sweat out. Use the hot pan, don’t overcrowd it and resist the urge to move them too soon.
Pesto Shrimp, Fettuccine, Mushroom, Garlic, SauceThe pasta here turned out to have an appetizingly warm color, not the usual greenish “pesto tint”. I was never a fan of “green” pesto recipes, especially when it comes to pasta. Who likes green pasta anyways?
Key words: Pesto, Shrimp, Fettuccine, Mushroom, Garlic, Basil, Pasta whatsinthepanIt also doesn’t leave you with a leafy grassy flavor from the basil, instead you get perfect balance of taste and color.
Key words: Pesto, Shrimp, Fettuccine, Mushroom, Garlic, Basil, PastaHeat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Prepare seasoning mixture by adding together:

1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning (thyme, oregano, basil – combined)
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
Seasoning is VERY IMPORTANT here. You’re aiming for that nice texture and flavor that a good seafood restaurant usually has in their dishes.
Pesto Shrimp, Fettuccine, Mushroom, Garlic, SaucePut shrimp in a mixing bowl and rub in seasoning mixture. Mix well to make sure shrimp is coated well. Add to the hot pan and cook for about 3 minutes, turning once midway, until shrimp is pink and cooked through. The key to successfully cooking shrimp is to not overcook it. If you cook shrimp for too long they’ll get tough. They cook quickly and as soon as the flesh changes from opalescence to opaque, they’re done.  2 or 3 minutes depending on the size. Remove shrimp from the skillet.
Pesto, Shrimp, Fettuccine, Mushroom, Garlic, Basil, PastaAdd second tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet. Once the pan is hot, add sliced mushrooms and 1/4 teaspoon of salt and cook, stirring, until mushrooms release liquid and reduce in volume and get soft, for about a minute or two. Add minced garlic for the last few minutes, when mushrooms are almost ready.
Pesto, Shrimp, Fettuccine, Mushroom, Garlic, Basil, PastaAdd back the cooked shrimp. Add 1/2 cup basil pesto and 1/2 cup chicken broth. On medium heat, mix everything to combine. Remove from heat.
Pesto, Shrimp, Fettuccine, Mushroom, Garlic, Basil, PastaNow (can also be done ahead of time but I like my pasta fresh) bring a large pot of water to boil, add pasta and cook it according to instructions. Drain the pasta, but do not rinse.
Add pasta to the skillet with mushrooms and shrimp, and stir until pasta is fully coated in sauce. Done!

Pesto Shrimp Fettuccine in Mushroom Garlic Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Pesto Shrimp Fettuccine in Mushroom Garlic Sauce

Recipe source: Juliasalbum

Ingredients

    Main Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, more if needed
  • 1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 10 oz white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup sodium free chicken broth (adjust salt if not sodium free)
  • 10 oz fettuccine pasta (use gluten free for gluten free version
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Seasoning Mixture:
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning (thyme, oregano, basil - combined)
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • chopped fresh basil

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Put shrimp in a mixing bowl and rub in seasoning mixture. Mix well to make sure shrimp is coated well. Add to the hot pan and cook for about 3 minutes, turning once midway, until shrimp is pink and cooked through. Remove shrimp from the skillet.
  2. Add second tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet. Once the pan is hot, add sliced mushrooms and 1/4 teaspoon of salt and cook, stirring, until mushrooms release liquid and reduce in volume and get soft, for about a minute or two. Add minced garlic for the last few minutes, when mushrooms are almost ready.
  3. Add back the cooked shrimp. Add 1/2 cup basil pesto and 1/2 cup chicken broth. On medium heat, mix everything to combine. Remove from heat.
  4. In the meantime bring a large pot of water to boil, add pasta and cook it according to instructions. Drain the pasta, but do not rinse.
  5. Add pasta to the skillet with mushrooms and shrimp, and stir until pasta is fully coated in sauce. Season with more salt if necessary.
  6. Serve with additional red pepper flakes, if desired.
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