Shrimp and Artichoke Pasta

A friend of mine introduced me to this Shrimp and Artichoke Pasta recipe years ago and it has become one of my favorite dishes to make for a midweek meal.

Even though it looks like there’s a lot going on—shrimp, artichokes, peas, pesto, pasta—the whole dish can be made in the time it takes to cook the pasta!

The recipe uses items that I typically keep on hand in the freezer—frozen shrimp, peas, and artichoke hearts—as well as pesto. I make my own basil pesto in the summer and freeze it to use all year long, or if I’m out, I’ll buy some ready made. If it’s winter and there is no basil pesto to be found at the market, I’ll make kale pesto, which works just as well.

After raiding the pantry and freezer, all you need is some garlic, green onions, and parsley. Easy!

Recipe and photos updated, first published 2008


  • 1/2 pound linguine, fettuccine, spaghetti, or other pasta
  • 1/4 cup prepared basil pesto (or spinach, arugula, or kale pesto)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 pound raw shrimp (21 to 30 count), peeled, deveined
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 8 ounces frozen artichoke heart quarters, thawed, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions, including the greens
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste