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When it comes to pasta dishes I love to experiment with different ingredients.Pasta is very versatile you can take from nothing to something in less than 30 minutes and voila’ there goes dinner.So with this pasta dish I used spaghetti to make a cold pasta salad.I added pesto and some other ingredients to pull this whole dish together.This a anytime pasta dish you can make.It could be apart of your holiday repertoire.Its’s easy and quick to make .I have made this several times and its delicious.

 

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This pasta salad has shrimp and broccolini florets in it.I used cooked shrimp to make it easy to throw to together in minutes.I used store bought pesto but you can make your own and I added some lemon juice to the  pesto to give it a zing.I put some more parmesan cheese in the pesto.I topped the salad with halved grape tomatoes and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese.You will enjoy this pasta salad its so good.you can have this some garlic bread and some excellent white wine.

 

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz Spaghetti Pasta
  • 3 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove -minced
  • 1/3 cup  grape or cherry tomatoes -halved
  • 1 tbsp chopped purple onions
  • Broccoli or Broccolini florets
  • 8-12 cooked shrimp
  • 2 tbsps shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup store bought or homemade pesto
  • 3 tbsps lemon juice
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • salt and black pepper to taste

 

 

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Directions:

 

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta for 8-10 minutes or until al dente.
  • While the pasta is cooking, prepare the pesto.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large pan over high heat. Add the garlic and broccoloini florets  saute until they are soft.Add the salt, pepper and red pepper flakes and stir.
  • Drain the pasta and Stir in the pesto,broccolini florets , garlic, onions and lemon juice .
  • Transfer pasta to a serving dish and Add the shrimp, tomatoes and parmesan cheese on top of the pasta. Cover the pasta salad and place it into the refrigerator and let it chill for 2 hrs.
  • Serve with with garlic bread and enjoy!!!
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