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Pasta Nests with pan seared shrimp, appetizers
Pasta Nests with Pan Seared Shrimp
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Whether you serve this for dinner or as an appetizer, my Pasta Nests with Pan Seared Shrimp will definitely be a head turner.   The unique presentation and delightful flavors will be all your guests will talk about.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 18
Calories: 94 kcal
Author: Chef Dennis Littley
Ingredients
  • 18 shrimp peeled and deveined. Do Not Butterfly I used 16- 20 count gulf shrimp
  • 1/2 pound of linguine or spaghetti
  • 4 tablespoons pesto
  • 2 tablespoons grated Romano cheese
  • 3 tablespoons seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons oil oil
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • pinch of crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon old bay seasoning or your favorite seasoning
  • PAM Original Cooking Spray
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Cook pasta per instructions on box, rinse till cool, drain well, add olive oil to keep moist and place in large bowl
  3. Add Romano cheese, bread crumbs, pesto, olive oil, egg, sea salt and black pepper to pasta. Mix well to completely coat pasta with ingredients.
  4. Spray cupcake/muffin tin with liberally with PAM Original cooking spray
  5. Twirl pasta into little nests using a tablespoon and a fork. Gently place each completed nest into the pan. Repeat process until finished
  6. Place pan in preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  7. Heat a large skillet with no oil in pan, keep it dry.
  8. Spray a good amount of PAM Original cooking spray into the pan and after 10 seconds add shrimp.
  9. Season shrimp with old bay (or your favorite seasoning) a pinch of red pepper flakes and a little Romano cheese and continue to stir shrimp around in pan until they are fully cooked.
  10. Add a little bit of pesto to the pan at the end to help with the color, or add a little chopped parsley.
  11. Cooking in a dry pan, just using Pam will allow the shrimp to sear and the seasonings will give the shrimp flavor and color. Be careful not to overcook shrimp, but allow a little burn in the pan to give the shrimp that beautiful color.
  12. Remove Shrimp from pan when finished, placing on plate and set aside till nests are done cooking. (shrimp do not have to be hot when serving, room temp is ok)
  13. Remove pan from oven and place on rack to cool for 5 minutes
  14. Gently remove each nest from the pan using a tablespoon by sliding it under the nest and lifting it out. Place nests on serving tray.
  15. Top each nest with a good sprinkle of Romano Cheese, then the seared shrimp.
Nutrition Facts
Pasta Nests with Pan Seared Shrimp
Amount Per Serving
Calories 94 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Cholesterol 25mg8%
Sodium 121mg5%
Potassium 41mg1%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 90IU2%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.