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16 Minute Shrimp Pasta Meal

Pasta tagliatelle with shrimp and peas, dressed with sauce "pesto"

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A 16 Minute Shrimp Pasta Meal is perfect for those busy days when you are pressed for time.

But wait! It’s also a great dish to serve to those who are gluten intolerant because the recipe can easily be modified to be gluten-free. Therefore, grab a spoon, meet me in the kitchen and let’s get started! 

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Shrimp ready to add to 16 minute shrimp pasta meal


First of all, I need to tell you that my entire family seems to love any dish that includes shrimp. 

That is to say, they enjoy things such as shrimp cocktail, shrimp tacos, and my Low-Carb Shrimp Veggie Stir fry (which is also quick and easy to make).  

Close up of dry pasta for 16 minute shrimp pasta meal


Secondly, in addition to shrimp, my family also enjoys a good pasta dish. 

For example, everyone loves Anna’s Easy Bow Tie Pasta Soup and my Easy Mostaccioli Pasta Recipe

Fresh garden peas ready for 15 minute shrimp pasta meal


Peas are yet another key ingredient. These tiny green gems are exceptionally delicious when eaten fresh, right out of the shell. (I know because I’ve personally done this many times.)

Bunch of fresh basil, bowl of walnuts, pepper, garlic and glass bottle of olive oil ready for 16 minute shrimp pasta meal


Likewise, feel free to use a jar of pesto sauce or make your own homemade pesto. My son, Isaac, can attest that homemade pesto is easy to make. All you need is a  blender or food processor and a handful of ingredients:

  • 2 cups (packed) fresh basil
  • 2 or 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts, pecan, or walnuts
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano, or Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
Close up of homemade pesto sauce with basil and pine nuts


Place all the ingredients (except olive oil) into your blender or food processor. Turn the unit on and slowly add a continual stream of olive oil until the mixture turns into a sauce.

After blending, feel free to add additional whole pine nuts and fresh basil leaves. Store pesto sauce in a Mason jar in the refrigerator up to one week.  

Serving of Shrimp Pasta Meal

16 Minute Shrimp Paste Meal requires: 

  • linguine pasta (GF Option: use gluten-free pasta)
  • olive oil
  • garlic
  • shrimp
  • cups peas
  • pesto sauce (GF Option: make homemade pesto or use a gluten-free brand)
  • fresh basil for garnish

Pasta tagliatelle with shrimp and peas, dressed with pestoFirst, cook the pasta according to package instructions. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a nonstick skillet and add garlic and shrimp. Now cook the mixture over medium-low heat until thoroughly heated. Next, stir in the peas and pesto sauce and continue cooking until mixture is hot. Finally, drain the cooked noodles and gently stir them into the mixture. Garnish with fresh basil and serve hot.

Yield: Approx. 4 Servings

16 Minute Shrimp Pasta Meal

Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes

A quick, delicious, and hearty seafood meal that can easily be made gluten-free.


  • 1 (16-ounce) package linguine pasta (GF Option: use gluten-free pasta)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 pounds cooked shrimp
  • 1 1/2 cups peas
  • 2 cups pesto sauce (GF Option: use a gluten-free brand)
  • Fresh basil for garnish


  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  2. In a skillet, heat olive oil; add garlic and shrimp. Cook over medium-low heat until thoroughly heated. Add peas and pesto sauce; stir. Continue cooking until mixture is hot.
  3. Drain noodles; stir into the shrimp mixture.
  4. Garnish with fresh basil.
  5. Serve.

If I have all of my ingredients ready to go I can easily make this meal in 16 minutes. However, this delicious meal is quick and super simple even if it takes you a little longer than 16 minutes to make. 

In conclusion, I truly believe that you and your family will enjoy this quick, easy and scrumptious shrimp pasta meal and much as mine does. 



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