5 from 5 votes
Linguine & Shrimp with a light Basil-Lemon Pesto is a very light and lemony variation of traditional pesto and pasta. You are going to this version with organic fresh herbs from the garden with a fresh lemony taste of our Florida lemons right off the tree, Pecorino Romano cheese, and toasted pine nuts over a nest of delicious al dente pasta, with fresh, decadent Key West Pink shrimp.
Linguine and Shrimp with a light Basil-Lemon Pesto
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
40 mins

You will be amazed at how easy this recipe comes together with just a matter of minutes you’ll be able to enjoy your flavorful pesto over al dente noodles with delicious Key West Pink Shrimp. The taste is out of this world.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Linguine with Pesto Sauce, Linguine with Shrimp
Servings: 6 People
Author: hmccallum
  • 2 cups lightly packed basil leaves
  • 1 cup Olive oil extra virgin only
  • 4-5 cloves Garlic
  • cup Fresh Parsley
  • ¼ cup Pecorino Romano grated
  • ¼ cup Pine nuts, or ground walnuts toasted
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Zest
  • tablespoon Fresh lemon juice from zested lemon
  • 1 pinch Red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt to own taste
  • White pepper to own taste
Other Ingredients
  • 1 pound Key West Pink Shrimp Grilled or steamed
  • 1 pound Linguine may use other pasta
  • 1 Lemon sliced to garnish pasta
  • ½ cup Pecorino Romano, grated to serve
  1. In a food processor combine the fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil, minced garlic, Pecorino Romano, pine nuts, lemon juice, lemon zest, a pinch of pepper flakes, and kosher salt, and white ground pepper. Pulse until ground to a fine paste- about 1 minute. With the machine running slowly drizzle in the olive oil until the desired consistency is reached. Season with more salt and pepper. Makes over 1 ⅔ cups. Double the ingredients to have more Pesto on hand if desired.

  2. Grill Key West Pink Shrimp or steam them until done. This will only take a few minutes. Do not overcook.

  3. Cook Linguine noodles or favorite pasta per package instructions till Al dente.  Reserve 1 cup of pasta water. Drain the noodles, do not rinse the noodles.

  4. Immediately toss the pasta in the warm Pesto Sauce while the pasta is warm.  Add a little of the pasta water.

  5. Garnish with more cheese, three Key West Pink shrimp, and a slice of fresh lemon.