Spaghetti with black olive-tomato pesto and shrimp

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Makes 4 servings

This unusual pesto calls for ingredients you're likely to have on hand in your pantry. If there isn't time to stop at the market for fresh shrimp, instead add one (6-ounce) can of water-packed solid white albacore tuna (drained and flaked) when you toss the spaghetti with the pesto. You can also substitute linguine or other pasta strands.

For the pasta

12 ounces spaghetti

 

For the pesto

1 (4-ounce) can chopped black olives, drained

¼ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

3 tablespoons tomato paste

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano

2 cloves garlic or 1 teaspoon minced garlic

½ teaspoon pepper, or to taste

¼ teaspoon salt, or to taste

 

To complete the recipe

1 tablespoon olive oil

12 ounces medium (26 to 30 count) shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 teaspoon minced garlic

Freshly ground black pepper and coarsely crumbled feta cheese for garnish

 

Cook the spaghetti according to package instructions.

Meanwhile, process all the pesto ingredients in a food processor until nearly smooth.

To complete the recipe, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and garlic; stir constantly for 2 minutes or until the shrimp turn pink. Remove from the heat.

When the spaghetti is done, drain well, and return to the pasta pan. Add the pesto and toss.

Top each serving of spaghetti with shrimp. Sprinkle with pepper and feta cheese.

Paulette Mitchell, a culinary instructor, television personality, spokesperson, freelance food writer, and the award-winning author of 13 cookbooks, is known internationally for her quick-to-prepare recipes with gourmet flair. Paulette's most recently published cookbook is "The Complete 15-Minute Gourmet: Creative Cuisine Made Fast and Fresh." She is also the author of "A Beautiful Bowl of Soup" and "The Spirited Vegetarian," which was voted "Best Book in the World on Cooking with Wine" at the 2005 Gourmand World Media Awards. Paulette says that international travel is her favorite source of culinary inspiration.