Easy Pesto Shrimp Zoodles are a great way to change up your dinner routine! This dish is packed in flavor and nutrition, making it perfect for a light meal.
And the best part? This recipe is done in just 10 minutes thanks to some store bought items. This recipe is great for a quick healthy lunch, dinner, or meal prep. Especially during busy weeks!
Pesto and shrimp are two of my favorite things. And although I love them with pasta, sometimes it's nice to have a lighter option.
And Zoodles are just that! Although I don't really like to think of them as a pasta substitute (let's be honest here - nothing is as good as the real thing), they are definitely lighter than pasta.
With the new year, returning to schedules, and creating new routines, I needed a quick and light meal option that's delicious and nutritious during the week.
Here are the ingredients you'll need for this recipe:
- Olive oil
- Thawed Cooked Shrimp (I find it easiest to thaw in the fridge overnight)
- Salt and Pepper
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Pesto Sauce
- Fresh Basil
First, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add thawed shrimp, garlic, salt, and pepper to the pan. Let warm for five minutes, then remove shrimp from the pan and set aside.
Add remaining olive oil to the skillet over medium heat. Then, add cherry tomatoes and zoodles and cook for five minutes, until the tomatoes wilt and the zucchini is tender.
Add pesto and shrimp the the pan and toss until everything is combined. Serve with fresh basil and enjoy!
Here is some kitchen equipment you will need for this recipe. You can find all of these products on Amazon.
Large Skillet - This is the skillet I used for this recipe and use almost everyday. It's great on the stovetop, in the oven, and can even go in the dishwasher. I highly recommend if you're looking to upgrade to a versatile stainless steel skillet!
Pesto Sauce - Buying groceries online is so convenient! I love this pesto sauce, it's packed with flavor and I love that I can get it delivered to my door. I always have some on hand in my pantry!
Fresh Basil - Did you know Amazon sells fresh basil plants? So cool! If you live in a warmer climate, you can keep fresh basil alive all year. Check out this plant that would be great in a kitchen windowsill.
Frequently Asked Questions
Pesto tastes herby and savory. With basil, olive oil, cheese, and pine nuts, pesto sauce is packed with flavor.
The best way to cook zoodles is to sauté them for a few minutes in a pan with olive oil.
Here are some common substitutions and variations for this recipe:
Vegetable Substitutions: You can add as many vegetables as you want - asparagus, broccoli, and peas would be great substitutions or additions to this dish.
Sauce Substitutions: You may use a different sauce in this recipe. Marinara, alfredo, or vodka sauce would all be good sauce substitutions for pesto.
Protein Variations: If you don't like shrimp, you can substitute chicken, salmon, or tofu as a protein option in this dish.
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Easy Pesto Shrimp Zoodles
- 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
- 1 bag Frozen Cooked Farm Raised Shrimp thawed
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes sliced
- 2 16 oz package Zucchini Spiral
- ¼ cup Pesto Sauce
- Handful fresh Basil
- Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add thawed Heinen’s Cooked Farm Raised Shrimp, garlic, and salt and pepper. Let warm for 5 minutes, then remove from the pan and set aside.
- Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil into the skillet over medium heat. Add cherry tomatoes and Heinen’s Zucchini Spiral and cook until the tomatoes start to wilt and zucchini is tender, about 5 minutes.
- Add pesto and shrimp to the pan and toss until everything is combined. Serve with fresh basil and enjoy.