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Fettuccine and Shrimp with Arugula Pesto Cream Sauce. Does that sound like date night restaurant food, or what?!  Here's the thing - it's so ridicuously easy, you can whip up this dinner in about 30 minutes, and no one has to know.
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Fettuccine and Shrimp with Arugula Pesto Cream Sauce

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Craving Something Healthy

Ingredients

Pesto

  • 1 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves stems removed
  • 3 cups lightly packed arugula
  • 4 medium cloves garlic
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • salt to taste

Pasta and Shrimp

  • 16 ounces fettuccine or other pasta
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound large shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, diced

Instructions

Pesto

  • Combine the basil, arugula, garlic, walnuts, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, and lemon juice in the bowl of a food processor, and process until fairly smooth. Scrape down the sides with a spatula to make sure everything is combined. Transfer the pesto to a bowl or large measuring cup. Set the pesto aside.

Pasta and Shrimp

  • Fill a stockpot with water and the salt, and bring it to a boil. Add pasta, and cook until just al dente.
  • Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water, and drain the pasta. Set it aside in the colander. Pour about 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water into the pesto, and stir to combine.
  • Return the pot to the stove, and heat the oil over medium high heat. Add the shrimp to the pan in a single layer, and flip them over in about 20 seconds. As soon as they are pink, add the cream to the pan and reduce the heat to medium.
  • Add about 2 tablespoons of the pesto to the shrimp and cream, and stir it in. Then stir the remainder of the pesto into the shrimp.
  • Add the cooked pasta to the shrimp and pesto cream sauce and stir to combine. If necessary, add additional pasta water to thin the sauce.
  • Mix the diced tomatoes into the pasta.
  • Serve immediately.