Get in the St. Patrick’s Day Spirit with This Green Recipe

Get in the St. Patrick’s Day Spirit with This Green Recipe

Whip up this delicious dish and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day deliciously.

St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend!  Want a super fun way to get into the holiday spirit with all your loved ones?  Then try preparing a delicious and very green menu that everyone will enjoy.  This yummy pesto pasta with shrimp is a tasty and festive way to celebrate this iconic holiday.

Pesto Penne with Shrimp and Green Peas

Serves 4


  • 12 oz. penne
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts or almonds
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lb. peeled and deveined medium shrimp
  • 1 cup peas
  • crushed red chili flakes (optional), for garnish


  1. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta water, and return to pot.
  2. Meanwhile, make pesto: In a small food processor fitted with a metal blade, pulse spinach, basil, and 1/3 olive oil until combined. Add Parmesan, pine nuts or almonds, and garlic and season with salt and pepper.
  3. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat remaining tablespoon olive oil. Add shrimp and cook until pink, 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Add pasta, pesto, and peas to skillet and toss until completely combined. Stir in 1/4 cup pasta water and stir until creamy.
  5. Sprinkle with Parmesan and chili flakes (if using).

This easy, delicious, and festive meal is sure to be a hit this St. Patrick’s Day.  Want another reason to celebrate with your loved ones?  Then make sure you mark your calendar for the next Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival.  In the summer of 2019, Simi Valley will come alive with Cajun music and food, zydeco music, blues music, a Mardi Gras parade, zydeco dance lessons, and more!  To learn more about this exciting local event, contact Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival today.