Shrimp And Veggie Pesto Pasta Salad

Today, I want to share a great pasta dish that was inspired by All You Magazine. It’s a pasta salad that’s made with shrimp, veggies and fresh, homemade pesto!

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AllYou disclosure

I get my recipe inspiration from every little aspect of my life. Sometimes, I would be laying in bed, trying to go to sleep and an awesome idea would pop in my head. I’ve started keeping a notepad by my bed so I can write down all the ideas. I also have a desktop full of post-its. Too many ideas swirling in my head!

This is my latest idea that was actually inspired by a great magazine. I get All You Magazine almost every month at Target. It’s a great little magazines that’s like several magazines in one.

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All You Magazine (click to find one near you) is:

Full of recipe ideas,

Loaded with coupons,

Fashion and decorating,

Fun stuff like games and horoscope,

Exercise Health tips,

and

Money saving tips!

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What inspired me most about the July issue, is their pasta 101 article. It’s a several-page spread that talks about different pasta types and tips on cooking each pasta. It also has a recipe for each pasta type that they cover. I can’t wait to try their tortellini recipe and rice noodle recipe.

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I just got a bowl of fresh basil from my herb garden and I knew that I just had to make a pesto pasta salad. Since it’s summer, vegetables make a perfect addition to pasta and potato salads. Shrimp make an ideal compliment this pasta salad!

Nothing can be better than a pasta salad made with fresh veggies, shrimp and homemade pesto!

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Shrimp And Veggie Pesto Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • Pesto:
  • (Makes about 3/4 cup of pesto)
  • 2 cups basil leaves, packed
  • 2 large gloves of garlic
  • 2/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (or pine nuts)
  • 1/2 cup virgin olive oil (may need to add a little more after blended)
  • Pasta Salad:
  • 6 oz Cellentani pasta (uncooked, makes about 3 cups cooked)
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1 medium summer squash
  • 1/2 tbs chopped dill weed
  • 1/2 tbs olive oil to cook the veggies
  • 6 oz raw medium shrimp
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 tbs olive oil to cook the shrimp
  • 2 tbs grapeseed oil or olive oil
  • salt, pepper
  • 3 tbs of pesto

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to directions, drain and set aside.
  2. Chop and saute the vegetables with some salt, pepper and dill weed. Add the cooked veggies to the pasta.
  3. Cook the shrimp with minced garlic and a little bit of salt and pepper. Add shrimp to pasta.
  4. In the medium bowl, mix pasta, shrimp and veggies. Add 3 tbs of pesto, 2 tbs of oil and some salt and pepper. Mix well.
  5. This pasta salad can be served cold or warm as a pasta bowl.

Notes

Recipe from Lyuba @ willcookforsmiles.com

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Make sure to pick up an issue of All You Magazine next time you are at the store. I love all the savings that comes out of this magazine. I’m not just talking about the coupons but also the great tips on money saving. There are tips on saving money while dress shopping, planning dinner, crafting, decorating and…….

A list of Apps for saving money!! I tried a couple so far and they rock.

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Comments

  1. You have me drooling! This looks sooo good. I keep wondering which would be best cold or hot – guess I’ll have to try it both ways! Yum!

    Kristin
    ExploringDomesticity.blogspot.com

  2. Ahhh I love shrimp and I love pasta, so what could be better than a new salad combination on a hot humid day in Florida!

  3. Seriously YUMMY Lyuba!! Looks so great! Love All You!

  4. Looks so yummy Lyuba, and the photo’s are beautiful

  5. This looks so fabulous! I love pesto pasta salads, but have never put shrimp in mine. Can’t wait to make this!

  6. I enjoyed the July issue of All You while at the beach. The Pesto Pasta Salad recipe caught my eye and I’ll be sure to try it after reading your review. I made the garlicy broccoli pasta from the July issue and it was great!

  7. yummmmm, hope you’ll bring this to my Sunday Funday Linky Party tomorrow!!

    *Susan @ Adventures in my Kitchen

    soozind.blogspot.com

  8. That is an awesome looking pasta dish! I love all of the flavors. I usually have ideas pop into my head while I’m in the shower! Now I just need to find a waterproof board to hang on the wall so I can write them all down :)

  9. I love pasta salad, and this sounds really good!

  10. This really looks amazing! I love pasta salad! I feel the same way you do – I’ll be falling asleep and then BAM an idea pops in my head. Love post-its! :) Thanks for another great recipe, Lyuba!

    ~Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy

  11. Looks delicious Lyuba! I love fresh homemade pesto with shrimp, add in some noodles and you got yourself a rocking dish! :) Great recipe. :)

  12. What a great salad for a hot summers evening. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  13. Lyuba, this salad looks and sound incredible – I LOVE shrimp! :) Thank you so much for sharing at Best of the Weekend! Pinning to our party board! We love having you join us and hope to see you this Friday – have a fabulous week!

  14. I have been an All You subscriber for YEARS! i just love it! This pasta salad looks so good Lyuba! Pinned!

  15. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for–a shrimp pasta salad with everything. I plan on using some of the rotini (corkscrew) noodles to hold more of the dressing. I am not all that fond of macaroni.

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