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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.

Shrimp Pasta with Broccoli Pesto | #seafood

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.

Shrimp Pasta with Broccoli Pesto | #seafood

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.

Shrimp Pasta with Broccoli Pesto | #seafood

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.

Shrimp Pasta with Broccoli Pesto | #seafood

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.

Shrimp Pasta with Broccoli Pesto | #seafood

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.

Shrimp Pasta with Broccoli Pesto | #seafood

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.

Shrimp Pasta with Broccoli Pesto | #seafood

  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

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  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 -6 servings 1x


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



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


To Make The Pasta:

  1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of generously-salted boiling water al dente according to package instructions.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

  1. 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..
  2. 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”

  1. I would try this shrimp broccoli pesto!

  2. Love to make grilled blackened shrimp kabobs. Super easy and fast so I can get back to the party.

  3. I would love to make some ceviche! And the shrimp broccoli pesto!

  4. Hey love your blog but how about recipes for those of us who are diabetic (need low carb) and take a blood thinner (Coumadin). Balancing these 2 diet restrictions is really hard! Whereas I can get the diabetes diet worked out, ingredients intefere with blood thinner diet. SO frustrating. Can you make modifications in your recipes that take us outliers into consideration….? thanks. Appreciate it!!

  5. Shrimp Scampi with some crusty bread to soak up the saucy goodness!

  6. This – want to make this.

  7. Shrimp cocktail would be easy and refreshing!

  8. Such a winning combination! Love the idea of broccoli pesto with shrimp!

  9. Spicy Sriracha Shrimp for appetizers!

  10. I’ve never done anything other than shrimp andcocktail sauce. Now is the time to change that.

  11. I want to make THIS pasta dish or shrimp scampi! :)

  12. I don’t eat shrimp very often, and I’ve never made broccoli pesto, but this dish looks incredible! I’d love to make this one. Thanks so much for the recipe and for the chance to win, Ali.

  13. Shrimp scampi kabobs. So easy, so delicious. And party friendly!

  14. I love to grill shrimp with a simple pineapple-plum sauce. Learned this on my honeymoon!

  15. You can’t go wrong with shrimp cocktail!

  16. I would make bacon wrapped shrimp for a party!

  17. Coconut shrimp… lots of it.

  18. For a party, I’d choose bang bang shrimp.

  19. Well, you’ve got me on that one. I have never made shrimp for a party, but if I were to, I would make shrimp Alfredo.

  20. I love making a shrimp and gnocchi recipe I have. Delicious!

  21. Bar B Q shrimp sounds delicious.

  22. Herb shrimp on the grill

  23. Bang Bang Shrimp.

  24. Shrimp scampi is my go-to. Thanks for the chance to win!

  25. I would probably make a Greek shrimp with lemon, oregano and garlic.

  26. This is super creative!!! I love how you write. I can’t wait to try this. xo jessica

  27. I’ve been wanting to make shrimp étouffée since my New Orleans trip, I bought a mix and have yet to use it. Definitely have to get on that soon!

  28. This looks absolutely divine! I love a good pesto, and the fact that you made it with broccoli makes it sounds even MORE delicious!

  29. I would love to make a shrimp stir fry. I’ve never been a huge shrimp fan but when I studied abroad in Spain my host mom would make a shrimp stir fry that was actually really tasty!

  30. shrimp scampi!

  31. I love to serve Parmesan and panko breaded and baked shrimp over pasta.

  32. This looks really good! Thanks so much!

  33. I love our traditional deep fried shrimp at Christmas!

  34. Shrimp with polenta and pesto. Yum. :)

  35. I love pesto, never considered using broccoli.. BRILLIANT!!

  36. This one looks pretty achievable, I’d give it a try!

  37. I would love to make walnut shrimp!

  38. Broccoli + pesto = genius!

  39. Love this recipe! Love shrimp!

  40. I think I’d try hawaiian shrimp skewers

  41. I love broccoli and this sounds like a fun recipe to make! I’ve been wanting to make some more recipes with shrimp.

  42. OHHHH this brings back memories of SHRIMPING in the Indian River in Ft Pierce, Fla>>> Love fresh shrimp!!!

  43. My young son loves shrimp – could be his favorite thing. Add in pasta and pesto…he will be in heaven.

    Can’t wait to have him help me make this!

  44. I’ve always wanted to make shrimp scampi! :D

  45. I would love to give the shrimp pasta and broccoli a try

  46. Ohh!! This looks so delish!! Love the shrimp with the broccoli! so good! :)

  47. Everyone talks about Shrimp and Grits. I’m from NY, by law, I don’t think I am allowed to make grits. I can make polenta! :-)

  48. Love scampi or grilled herb shrimp

  49. I love the idea of broccoli pesto! A shrimp recipe that I would love to make for party guests is shrimp scampi with lots of garlic and lemon!

  50. This looks delicious! Anything with pesto is a win in my book.