Shrimp Farfalle with Arugula Pesto

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Shrimp Farfalle with Arugula PestoRecipe
Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower


Arugula instills this pesto with a peppery bite that pairs beautifully with supple, slightly sweet shrimp.
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 cup)


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1 cup uncooked mini farfalle
1 1/2 cups arugula
1/4 cup basil leaves, plus more for garnish
3 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
2 tablespoons pine nuts
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 garlic clove
2 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 cup white wine


1. In a large saucepan, cook farfalle according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/3 cup pasta cooking liquid.

2. Place arugula, basil, cheese, pine nuts, pepper, salt, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor; pulse 6 times. With the processor running, add 2 tablespoons olive oil through food chute, and process until smooth.

3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add remaining oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add shrimp; cook 5 minutes or until golden, turning occasionally. Remove shrimp from pan with a slotted spoon. Add wine to pan; cook until mostly evaporated. Add basil mixture and reserved pasta water; bring to a simmer. Remove pan from heat. Top farfalle with sauce and shrimp. Garnish with basil.

Created date

August 2014

Nutritional Information

Calories 404
Fat 15 g
Satfat 2.2 g
Monofat 7.4 g
Polyfat 2.6 g
Protein 31 g
Carbohydrate 33 g
Fiber 7 g
Cholesterol 218 mg
Iron 1 mg
Sodium 432 mg
Calcium 158 mg