1poundshrimp (peeled and deveined or frozen)(400 grams or 18 medium/large shrimp)
1-2pincheshot pepper flakes (if desired)
*Use linguine or spaghetti (or your favourite long pasta).
FOR THE PESTO
In a food processor, blender or if you are ambitious use a mortar and pestle, add the fresh chopped parsley, half the olive oil and salt. Pulse to mix, then add the pine nuts and remaining olive oil, mix again, then add the lemon juice, parmesan cheese and minced garlic, pulse or mix until creamy.
In a large pan add some pesto (as much or little as you want), the olive oil, the cleaned shrimp and a pinch or two of hot pepper flakes if desired. Combine and cook on medium heat until shrimp are done, stirring often, approximately 4-5 minutes.
While the shrimp are cooking, cook the pasta in boiling salted water. Drain well add to the cooked shrimp with a little (1/4-1/2 ladle pasta water), tossing on medium high heat for about 45-60 seconds. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
This recipe calls for three cups cooked pasta, which means that two ounces of dried pasta should give you more or less one cup of cooked.