Pasta is one of my weeknight go-to meals. It’s always quick and pasta is so versatile. Along with that pesto is a great sidekick for pasta. I enjoy making a variety of pesto combinations. It’s so packed with flavor and pretty healthy ingredients too, and it can be made ahead, which is always a winner in my kitchen. This recipe for Shrimp Pasta with Cilantro Pesto Recipe is easy enough for a weeknight meal, but impressive enough for a weekend dinner with friends.
I’m a big fan of one pan recipes, especially ones that involve pasta of any kind. Although many pasta dishes can be heavy and filled with bloat-inducing ingredients. This one is an exception. This Skillet Orzo with Spinach, Beans and Lemon recipe discovered over at Bush’s Beans has just enough pasta without going overboard, combined with a healthier combination of ingredients.
We have a few go-to recipes that appear almost every week in our menu lineup. Shrimp and pasta is one of those. It’s come to be one of my daughter’s top requests. I usually toss a basil pesto or some combination of the same flavors together, but thought I’d take the opportunity to switch things up just a tad for this week’s Weeknight Wins Blogger Challenge: “A New Twist on an Old Favorite.”
Here’s a fresh simple pasta I threw together for lunch in no time. Spinach fettuccine pasta noodles were tossed with olive oil, olives, garlic, basil, a little butter, and lime zest, then finished off with a squeeze of bright lime juice for a simple, happy, light pasta dish. I’m thinking it would be mighty fine served as a chilled pasta too. Mighty fine, indeed.
While it can be served as a side dish, it really can stand alone as a main course. It’s just as delicious served cold, as it only gets better after it “marinades” together in the fridge. Perfect for a picnic, or if you need to make ahead for a dinner party. Try this one out. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed one single bit.
I served it with pasta and shrimp but it certainly could be used for bruschetta, added to chili, or thinned for a sauce over chicken or what have you. As far as the pistachios, I had some leftover from the holidays so that’s what I used. You could certainly substitute the traditional pine nut or walnuts.