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Grilled Pesto Shrimp with Pasta

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Grilled Pesto Shrimp with Pasta
  • Prep Time 40 min
  • Total Time 40 min
  • Servings 4
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Quick-grilled shrimp and colorful vegetables perk up a simple pasta dinner.

Ingredients

Bamboo or metal skewers
2
cups uncooked penne or mostaccioli pasta
1
lb uncooked deveined peeled large shrimp (tail shells removed)
2
medium zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch slices
1
cup cherry tomatoes
1/2
cup basil pesto
1
oz shredded fresh Parmesan cheese (1/4 cup)

Directions

  • 1 If using bamboo skewers, soak in water 30 minutes. Cook pasta as directed on package. Drain; place in large serving bowl or dish.
  • 2 Meanwhile, heat gas or charcoal grill. In large bowl, mix shrimp, zucchini, tomatoes and 1/4 cup of the pesto; stir gently to coat well. Thread shrimp, zucchini and tomatoes onto skewers.
  • 3 Place skewers on grill over medium heat. Cook 6 to 8 minutes, turning once, until shrimp turn pink and opaque and vegetables are crisp-tender.
  • 4 Remove shrimp and vegetables from skewers; add to pasta. Add remaining 1/4 cup pesto; toss gently to mix. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Tips  

Metal, flat-bladed skewers are best for grilling. Bamboo skewers are featured in this recipe; look for them in your supermarket. Soak them in warm water before using to keep them from burning during cooking.

A hinged grill basket would work well with this recipe. This grill accessory is designed to enclose several pieces of chicken, fish or vegetables. It rests directly on the grill and is easy to turn.

To broil shrimp and vegetables, place skewers on broiler pan. Broil 4 to 6 inches from heat using grilling times as a guide, turning once.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
580
(
Calories from Fat
190
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
21g
32%
(
Saturated Fat
5g
25%
,
Trans Fat
0g
)
Cholesterol
170mg
57%
Sodium
820mg
34%
Potassium
670mg
19%
Total Carbohydrate
62g
21%
(
Dietary Fiber
5g
22%
,
Sugars
4g
)
Protein
34g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%
20%
Vitamin C
20%
20%
Calcium
25%
25%
Iron
35%
35%
Exchanges:
3 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 3 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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