Pesto Shrimp Pasta


Try this pesto shrimp pasta for a seafood dinner night. With the creamy pesto sauce and the delightful taste of the shrimp you may want seconds.

If you are on the Weight Watchers MyWW program, then you will love the fact that the shrimp doesn't count towards the points in this recipe for the Blue and Purple plans.

Even if you are on one of the older plans, the points values are listed below so you know if you can have this meal without going over your allowance.

Pesto Shrimp Pasta Recipe

The pesto sauce in this recipe blends well with the shrimp and Fettuccine for a delicious main dish.

So if you are in the mood for seafood tonight, browse on down and see the list of ingredients, directions, nutrition information and Weight Watchers Points - including the new Freestyle plan with SmartPoints.

Recipe Type:

Main Dish, Pasta, Seafood

Degree of Difficulty:



  • 1 cup chopped fresh kale, stems removed
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, halved
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup plain, non-fat yogurt
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 lb medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 package Fettucine noodles, 16 oz


  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions.
  2. While pasta is cooking combine kale, basil, garlic and Parmesan cheese in a food process or blender. Blend until pureed.
  3. Add salt and yogurt. Stir slightly to blend.
  4. Place the oil in a large skillet and heat over medium-low.
  5. Add the shrimp and saute for about 4 minutes or until shrimp is bright pink and cooked through.
  6. When pasta is done according to package directions, drain and place in a large serving bowl.
  7. Add the kale mixture and toss until pasta is coated evenly.
  8. Add the shrimp tossing gently.
  9. Divide evenly onto 4 plates and serve.

Cooking Times

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Nutrition Facts for Pesto Shrimp Pasta

Nutrition facts shown below are per serving. The number of serving is noted in the header section below. The serving size is the first item noted on the nutrition facts table.

Nutrition Per Serving

Number of Servings: 4
Serving Size 1 plate
Calories 349
Total Fat 6.7g
      Sat Fat 1.9g
Cholesterol 185.9mg
Sodium 1072.7mg
Total Carbohydrates 41.8g
      Fiber 3.0g
      Sugar 1.2g
Protein 28.7g

MyWW Points

Green: 8 pts
Blue: 6 pts
Purple: 6 pts

Other Weight Watchers Points

8 pts
7 pts

The shrimp, non-fat plain yogurt and kale were not used for the Blue and Purple SmartPoints. All other points values did not include the Kale.


Add some red and yellow bell peppers for extra flavor. Just sautee them along with the shrimp. For those Weight Watchers members on the purple plan, you can substitute the fettucine noodles with a whole wheat pasta to reduce the points even more.

Try this creamy garlic dressing to use as a sauce instead of the pesto.

If you're not big on pesto sauce, then check out this website that has 11 alternatives to pesto sauce that you can try instead.

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