Shrimp Pasta with Broccoli Pesto + Cuisinart Food Processor GIVEAWAY

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Do you all sing in the kitchen?

Um, I definitely do.  Constantly.  (I mean, I named this blog after a song, didn’t I??)

Most of the time I’m jamming out to whatever is on Spotify.  Or watching Hulu and shedding a few tears to the Parenthood soundtrack (best tv soundtrack ever), or crossing my fingers to hear a Gunnar and Scarlett duet on Nashville (or the ridiculously talented Stella sisters), or feeling All The Feelings with those magical first few notes to the Friday Night Lights theme song (because who doesn’t want to hang out in the kitchen with Tim Riggins).

But when I was choppin’ broccoli over the weekend for this shrimp pasta with broccoli pesto, I have to confess…

…it was all Dana Carvey in my kitchen, all the way.

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Really, let’s be honest, choppin’ broccoli will always = Dana.  Just like banana pancakes = Jack Johnson.  And peaches = The Presidents Who Have Way Too Long Of A Name.  And cheeseburgers = Jimmy Buffet.  (Time for me to write my ode to egg drop soup…) Today, though, I have a new use for choppin’ broccoli that I think would make Dana proud. Broccoli pesto.

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I was craving pesto this weekend, but basil season is over here and I was wanting to try something new.  So I peeked at my friend Kathryne’s October Produce Guide and was reminded that these miniature green trees (as I like to think of them) are in season.  And then the idea occurred to me — why not toss it into a food processor and make a broccoli pesto?! I had recently been challenged by my friends at EatShrimp to come up with a new shrimp pasta recipe.  So since one of my all-time favorite entrees to make is shrimp pasta with pesto (like my Blackened Shrimp with Asparagus-Spinach Pesto recipe), I thought this might be a perfect way to experiment with broccoli pesto.

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They had also recently sent me a new Cuisinart Elemental 8-Cup Food Processor to test out before I gave one away on the blog, and I’m happy to say that it pesto-ed the heck out of this broccoli like a charm. I decided to go somewhat classic with the pesto ingredients, adding in fresh broccoli (that I had pre-cooked for about 3 minutes), garlic, toasted pine nuts, freshly-grated Parmesan, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

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And then I pureed it into a slightly-chunky pesto.  You can make yours completely smooth if you want, but I liked having it just a little chunky in honor of all that broccoli.

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Then I tossed it with some simple sauteed shrimp, whole wheat pasta, and then sprinkled on some crushed red pepper, extra pine nuts and parmesan.

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And a delicious, seasonal, and very green dinner was served. I had a few friends over for a little pasta party to sample the recipe and get their honest thoughts on the broccoli pesto.  And they were big fans!  Granted, they all liked broccoli.  And this pesto definitely tastes like broccoli.  So if you’re trying to sneak it past some picky eating kids, there’s a good chance they will spy with their little eyes that there is some floret-action happening.  But if you’re a broccoli-“appreciater” or a broccoli-mega-fan, I’m pretty sure you will completely enjoy this one.  The lemon and Parmesan really help to balance and bring out the flavor of the broccoli, and the result is a delicious and hearty pesto that are packed with all of the good-for-you-ness of broccoli. And I must say, the shrimp on top absolutely make the meal.  I sprinkled my shrimp with a little extra Parmesan before serving, but frankly I loved how their simple flavor came through just seasoned with salt and pepper in this recipe.  The pesto is already full of some strong and complex flavors, so I thought the pairing was perfect.

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  If you’re looking for more great recipes to make with shrimp, pop over and visit the Eat Shrimp on their websiteFacebook, and Pinterest where they are sharing even more recipes and prizes this month for shrimp and pasta parties. And also be sure to also scroll below to enter our sweet giveaway below for a chance to win a new Cuisinart food processor of your own. So tap into your inner Dana Carvey and get to choppin’ some broccoli, friends!

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Shrimp Pasta with Broccoli Pesto

This shrimp pasta recipe is simple to make, and tossed with the most delicious broccoli pesto recipe!

Ingredients:

Pasta Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. (16 oz.) dried pasta (I used DeLallo whole wheat)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 lb. jumbo raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • optional toppings: crushed red pepper flakes, extra freshly-grated Parmesan, extra pine nuts
  • broccoli pesto (see ingredients below)

Broccoli Pesto Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh broccoli florets (about 1 bunch or 1 pound)
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Directions:

To Make The Pasta:

Cook the pasta in a large pot of generously-salted boiling water al dente according to package instructions.

Meanwhile, season the shrimp on both sides with a few generous pinches of salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add shrimp and saute for 5 minutes, turning occasionally, until the shrimp are cooked through and pink and no longer translucent. Turn off the heat, and transfer shrimp to a separate plate and set aside.

When the pasta is al dente, reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water and then drain the pasta. Return the pasta either to the stockpot where it was cooked, or to the saute pan (with the stove heat turned off). Add the pesto to the pasta, and toss until evenly coated, adding in a bit of the reserved pasta water if needed to thin the pesto. Then stir in the shrimp and pine nuts, and serve immediately sprinkled with optional toppings if desired.

To Make The Pesto:

Fill a separate large saucepan or stockpot with water, and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the broccoli and cook for 2-3 minutes, until the broccoli is bright green and tender. Remove the broccoli with a slotted spoon and transfer to the bowl of the food processor fitted with the blade attachment..

Add the garlic, Parmesan, pine nuts, lemon juice and salt to the food processor, and process until combined. Then, with the motor running, drizzle in the olive oil until it is incorporated. As mentioned above, if the pesto seems too thick, you can add in a bit of pasta water to thin it out once the pesto is tossed with the pasta.

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#EatShrimp Cuisinart Food Processor GIVEAWAY

Giveaway Prize: To help you whip up some of your own broccoli pesto, Eat Shrimp and Cuisinart are sponsoring a giveaway for one of our readers to receive a Cuisinart Elemental 8-Cup Food Processor. Some of its features include:

  • 350 watts for powerful food prep performance
  • 8-cup work bowl with measurement markings
  • Reversible shredding and slicing discs – medium to fine
  • Stainless steel chopping/mixing/dough blade
  • Easy-to-clean, removable parts are dishwasher safe
  • BPA free

I love it because it’s remarkably quiet for a food processor, it feels really sturdy and durable, and it’s backed by the Cuisinart warranty.  You’ll love it! To Enter The Giveaway: Follow the Rafflecopter instructions below. Winner will be posted on the Rafflecopter widget once he/she has been randomly selected. Best of luck, everyone!

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This is a sponsored post in partnership with Eat Shrimp.  It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of shrimp, so all opinions are my own and I’m happy to be partnering with them this year.  Thanks to them and Cuisinart for sponsoring this giveaway.  And thanks to you readers, as always, for supporting the brands which help make this site possible!

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292 comments on “Shrimp Pasta with Broccoli Pesto + Cuisinart Food Processor GIVEAWAY”

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  1. This is such a beautiful pasta dish – and I bet it tastes amazing!
    I’m a huge broccoli fan, making a pesto of it is pure genius.

  2. This recipe sounds great! Love the idea of making pesto with broccoli as I don’t always have basil. Thank-you!

  3. I would make a shrimp dip for a party

  4. I would love to make this shrimp pasta with broccoli pesto recipe for a party! It would be perfect.

  5. Broccoli pesto sounds so fun! And looks pretty, too. I agree about the music on Parenthood… I walked down the aisle to a song my husband and I discovered on the show :)

  6. i don’t like shrimp! like, at all! but i’d make something my boyfriend loves–coconut-crusted shrimp.

  7. I just tried shrimp for the first time not too long ago so I might try to go classic with shrimp cocktail.

  8. ooooooh sooooo good! I LOVE pesto, shrimp, AND it is CHICAGO WEEK, which means carb loading time! This would be great! I love how green this is, so lots of pesto on there!

    I already have a very similar cusinart, so I will not go for the win, so someone else can enjoy, but I will say that it is SO good for making almond butter very quickly! I LOVE it!

  9. Love it! My favorite shrimp party dish is beyond boring, but I love a good shrimp cocktail with fruit salsa!

  10. Oh girl, That is a stunner. Love the colors!!

  11. I love broccoli – I never even thought about making it into pesto – brillant!! And that color! Gorgeous Ali!

  12. This looks delicious! I’m a big pesto fan, and have never been adventurous enough to try a recipe that isn’t the classic basil pesto. This just might be it!

  13. Pesto and is one one of my all time favorite combos! This looks amazing!

  14. I usually make a bacon wrapped shrimp appetizer for parties, but I would love to try this recipe someday for guests too!

  15. Love this combination, Ali. Looking forward to eating lots of broccoli this winter! Great giveaway and love shrimp!

  16. Lemon pepper shrimp

  17. Ali – I love your Blog and all your recipes and beautiful pictures. Sometimes I get I find myself just wondering thru your site for hours :) thank you for sharing with us! Thank you so much!

  18. Fried shrimp

  19. This looks beautiful and delish! I bet this could also taste great with ravioli or tortelini!

  20. I’m a big fan of popcorn shrimp.

  21. would love to try my hand at coconut fried shrimp!

  22. I really want to try your Parmesan-Crusted Shrimp Quesadillas. Shrimp and Quesadillas are two of my favorite foods!

  23. This dish looks amazing! I would have never thought to put broccoli in a pesto. I will definitely be trying this in the future.

  24. This shrimp recipe looks delicious, but I’d probably make chicken, andouille sausage and shrimp jambalaya… though might need two batches as my husband is not a shrimp fan!

  25. I love shrimp and I want to win the giveaway!!

  26. Can’t wait to try broccoli pesto!

  27. Broccoli pesto is kind of genius! We love adding green stuff to our meals around here, and this definitely qualifies!

  28. I love shrimp in garlic sauce (usually at Spanish tapas restaurants)!

  29. This looks amazing! I just received 40 lbs of fresh broccoli so I need to try this out…:)

  30. This looks so good! I never know what else to do with broccoli besides steam or stir fry. But I do love it. AND I totally feel you on the Parenthood soundtrack. And the last season just started! :-(

  31. Would love to try this pesto! Looks yummy!

  32. shrimp and broccoli are two of my favorite foods ever. Can’t wait to try this recipe!!

  33. Jack Johnson’s Banana Pancakes is my all time favorite song and my teenagers are constantly singing choppin’ broccoli every time we have broccoli for dinner. I know my family would love this delicious dinner!

  34. I love shrimp in pasta or in pad thai!

  35. this looks SO yummy! Can’t wait to try it out!

  36. Shrimp scampi!

  37. Hmmm… sneaky way to get broccoli into my children without complaint? Yes please. Can’t wait to try it!

  38. Yum-broccoli pesto!
    I like making baked coconut shrimp for a party. It’s always a hit!

  39. I JUST started watching Parenthood on Netflix, I’ll have to pay more attention to the music. :) This recipe looks incredible! We love broccoli in our house, but it can get mundane sometimes… Time to switch it up and try out this recipe!

  40. This looks soo good. And I really would love to get a food processor that doesn’t overflow and sound like its the saw from Texas chainsaw massacre!

  41. Need this for cooking challenges!

  42. Coconut shrimp!

  43. I would love to make this pesto. Looks delicious.

  44. I don’t like shrimp, so I probably wouldn’t be making any shrimp recipe for a party…

  45. Yum! I would like to try this pesto recipe!

  46. I would love a shrimp black bean and sweet potato or squash salad

  47. I’d make coconut shrimp.

  48. Shrimp and veggie enchiladas would be great for a dinner party.

  49. My go-to party shrimp recipe is Bacon Wrapped Shrimp-on-a-Skewer for the BBQ.