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Shrimp and Pasta with Pesto Sauce

Jun 30

I started my herb garden when we moved to our new home. It’s a great feeling to pick freshly homegrown basil and add it to our pasta. This afternoon, I cooked Shrimp and Pasta with Pesto sauce to make up for the Lechon Manok that I was supposed to buy.

Here is the recipe that is even beginners can follow.

Prepare the pasta

1. Boil 250 grams Angel Hair pasta. Don’t overcook.

2. Set aside.

Prepare the Pesto sauce

4 cups Sweet basil leaves (full size)
4 garlic cloves
1/2 cup pine nuts or walnuts
1 cup Olive Oil
1 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese
Ground black pepper
Salt to taste


1. Pick full grown basil leaves from the stems.

2. Wash the leaves thoroughly and pat dry with paper towels.

3. Mix leaves, garlic, nuts and 1/3 of the oil in a food processor or blender.

4. Blend or process until smooth.

5. Add the 2/3 of the olive oil, cheese, salt and pepper.

6. Blend a few more seconds.

7. The resulting blend should be a dark green lumpy mixture.

8. Mix the pesto with the cooked pasta.

Prepare the Shrimps

1/2 kilo small tiger prawns

1/2 cup red tomatoes (diced)

one head garlic minced

1/2 cup Olive Oil


1. Heat Olive oil.

2. Saute garlic. When brown, add red tomatoes.

3. Add the prawns and cook until orange.

4. Add a dash of salt.

5. Toss the shrimp mixture to the pasta-pesto mixture.

Top with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

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Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (390 Posts)

Noemi, Editor of Blog Watch and features editor of Philippine Online Chronicles is a 55 year old mother to three kids and is married to Atty. Luis H. Dado. She loves being a full time mother and homemaker after retiring as a Researcher/Consultant from the UP Institute for Small Scale Industries in 1987. Now that her children are all college graduates, she devotes her time to grief support, blogging, new media events and using her blogs to promote online advocacies. Her personal blog is at, which garnered numerous awards such as Best Website, Blog Category during the 9th and 10th Philippine Web Awards. Her blog also won in the Blog- Personal Category of the Web Awards 2007 and Globelines Broadband Family Blog Award (in honor of family-oriented blogging) 2007 Philippine Blog Award. Globe also recognized her as Digital Elder in the 2009 Philippine Blog Award.

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  1. looks good…probably will use linguine instead of angel hair… thanks for sharing… :)

  2. Yum yum, certainly looks delicious especially with loads of shrimps. Great posts.

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  3. u8mypinkcookies /

    yumm! i love shrimps..

    this reminds me of one of my fave in Conti’s.. linguine in pesto w/ seafood!

  4. Hi po, any idea where to buy parmesan cheese? san ka po nakakabili nun? anong mall or supermarket? :) I tried cooking Aglio Olio few weeks ago, masarap siya but I think mas masarap kung may parmesan cheese.

    I’ll try this recipe soon, thanks for sharing~
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  5. Yummy!! I thought ung gamit nyong noodles is ung egg noddles~ haha! Angel Hair pala.


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