Bacon Shrimp Pasta with Pesto

This Bacon Shrimp Pasta recipe is the first picture I posted on my cooking Instagram (go follow there @cookingwithtyanne). This is a one pot recipe. This means you don’t have to do a lot of dishes after! My grandpa loves cooking with bacon grease so that is why I decided to use it in this recipe.

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pesto shrimp pasta

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Main ingredients for this smoky seafood pasta recipe:

  • pasta-any shape of pasta works
  • pesto-my favorite is ricotta argula, but regular works too
  • shrimp-regular sized detailed shrimp work
  • bacon-strips of bacon
  • cheese-I shred my own

Overview of how to make basil pesto pasta:

  • fry bacon and save the grease-place cooked bacon on a paper plate with a paper towel to soak up extra grease.
  • fry shrimp in bacon grease pan-frying it in bacon grease will give the recipe extra bacon flavor. Season shrimp with garlic salt. Remove shrimp from heat and place on the plate that has the bacon on it.
  • cook minced garlic in same previously used pan-this will again give the recipe more of a bacon flavor. If there is not much grease to lubricate the pan at this point, add more of the saved grease. Add milk and cheese to garlic. Stir.
  • add pesto, seasonings, and shrimp and crumbled bacon
  • add cooked pasta, Serve hot!

Variations of shrimp and bacon pasta:

  • more bacon-you can always add more pasta to your pasta! This will give your pasta more protein as well.
  • more pesto-pesto is amazing, and I can never get enough of it! I usually add more pesto to the pasta on my plate.

How to store garlic shrimp pasta:

  • fridge-store this seafood pasta in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to one week
  • freezer-I have not tried freezing this recipe. If you would like to try it, go for it! Let me know how it goes.
pesto shrimp pasta

Bacon Shrimp Pasta

This bacon shrimp pasta is a one pot, quick pasta. It has creamy pesto sauce, garlic shrimp, and smoky bacon.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 people
Calories 589 kcal

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large deep dish skillet
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  • 16 oz cooked elebow pasta
  • 15 detailed shrimp
  • 3 strips of bacon
  • 3/4 cup of Gouda cheese
  • 1/3 cup pesto
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • seasonings up to personal preference: garlic powder, parsley, cilantro, nutritional yeast


  • Fry bacon on medium heat in a deep pan until it is crisp. You can remove some grease as it cooks and put it in a small bowl to save for later. Remove bacon from pan and place on plate with paper towels to dry up the grease.
  • In the same bacon grease pan, add in shrimp. If needing more lubricant in the pan, spoon previously removed bacon grease back into pan. Cook shrimp on medium heat and season with garlic powder. They will be cooked when their tail curls. Remove from pan and add to plate with bacon.
  • In same pan used previously in steps 1 and 2, cook minced garlic in the grease until brown. Can add more grease if needed. Add in milk and cheese. Stir until melted.
  • Add in pesto. Season with the seasonings. Stir. Add in shrimp. If desired, cut shrimp in half before adding. Crumble bacon and add it to this mixture.
  • Pour cooked pasta onto mixture. Stir. Serve your Bacon Shrimp Pasta hot.


Calories: 589kcal

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