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Pasta GIVEAWAY and Lemon Shrimp in a Spinach-Basil Pesto !!!

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I am finally back from a long and wonderful vacation. While I was gone the springtime breezes turned into summer’s sweltering heat. Heat like this means dinner will be much lighter fare for us. A light and flavorful pesto pasta dish fits the bill nicely. Lucky for me, Amalia from Garofalo Pasta sent me a free sample of their amazing pasta for me to try out.

Now, one of the perks of a food blog can be that sometimes people want to send you things to review. I’m all for it. But I just want to let you know that, other than a free bag of pasta, I’m not being paid for a good review.
I am going to give them one anyway. Garofalo pasta is delicious. It has that slightly nutty flavor with a great chewy texture that real Italian pastas have. It’s the pasta you cook with when you have company coming over. It’s the pasta that can stand on it’s own in a dish. I’m in love. Now, Amalia tells me that you can buy this at Costco for a comparable price to other pastas. I don’t have a Costco near me, so I am going to take her word for it. If you have a Costco near you, pick some of this pasta up and give it a try.

Of course, if you are feeling lucky, you can enter the Garofalo Pasta Giveaway! Garofalo Pasta is giving away a CASE of assorted imported Garofalo Pastas. The box you receive will look something like this:

Here’s what you need to do to enter:
Leave a comment on this post and tell me about your favorite pasta dish! You must also be a follower ( if you are not already) and don’t forget to leave a contact email so that I can notify you if you are the big winner!

If you blog about this giveaway, comment again with a link and be entered twice!

This contest will end at midnight on Monday, June 28th. Good Luck to everyone!!!

USA Only

Oh! and here’s the recipe to try with your next bag of Garofalo Pasta!

Lemon Shrimp with Spinach-Basil Pesto

1 pound of peeled and deveined shrimp ( I used a 51-60 count)
1 pound of pasta
2 cups of loosely packed basil leaves
2 cups loosely packed fresh spinach leaves
1 T pine nuts
1/3 cup grated parmesan
2 large lemons
4 cloves of garlic, minced
extra virgin olive oil, about 1/2 cup, more or less
salt and pepper

Whisk together the juice of the lemons, 2 cloves or garlic, and salt and pepper.


Whisk in just enough oil to form an emulsion, about 3-4 Tablespoons. 

Toss the shrimp in to marinate and set aside.

Put your water on to boil. In a food processor, combine spinach, basil, remaining garlic, the zest of one lemon, pine nuts, Parmesan, and a couple of tablespoons of oil. ( my cheese here isn’t grated. I couldn’t find my stinking grater)

Pulse until pureed. Add in a couple more tablespoons of oil to form a smooth pesto. Salt and pepper to taste.

Cook and drain the pasta. 

While pasta cooks, quickly saute the shrimp in a hot skillet, just until they have turned pink, about 3 minutes.

 Then combine the pasta, shrimp, and pesto together.

 Sprinkle with additional lemon zest and Parmesan cheese and serve!


This Post Has 54 Comments

  1. Mmm, pasta!! Is the giveaway open to Canadians too?? My favourite pasta dish has to either be a classic Cacio e Pepe or a Marinara fra Diavolo sauce on any kind of noodle I can get! I used to really indulge in the baked 4-cheese cappelletti at East Side Marios too :-).

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  2. GREAT recipe!! I'm going to have to try it. Never heard of this pasta – never seen it so thanks for the review!

  3. I just made a nice dish recently. It was a stuffed portobello (stuffed with peppers and bread crumbs and topped with melted cheese). I served it over buttered linguine. Nice!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

  4. My favorite receipe is called creole-a-beef. It is like a homemade hamburger helper but so much better and it made in the oven. My grandma has made this for me my whole life, and I cannot seem to duplicate it!

  5. My fav pasta is chicken pesto with sundried tomatoes and lots of olives. Shaved parmesan is always an added bonus!

    I follow!


  6. My favorite pasta dish is my anything with pesto! Your dish looks SO yummy! Any noodles covered in pesto, pine nuts and parmasan will make me a happy girl!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  7. My favorite pasta dish is made by a friend, it has a white sauce with chicken, spinach and cheese and it's delicious!

    couponboss at gmail dot com

  8. What a great blog – I LOVE all types of pasta but you can't beat penne with vodka sauce… YUM

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  9. I love almost any pasta dish. It's hard say what my favorite is. Today it is pasta with broccoli.

  10. I'm a new follower!
    My favorite pasta is linguine or ravioli with pesto sauce or a gorgonzola cream sauce. I also have a soft spot for homemade vegetarian lasagna!

  11. Oh! I hope I win!! My favorite pasta dish is a chicken spaghetti that my husband makes…. yummy chicken and cheese and peppers! Yummy!!!

  12. Oh wow, when you said "nutty" taste, you had me!! Most mass produced pasta tastes like… well, like nothing at all. I love a flavorful pasta. It helps set off the flavors of whatever you put with it. Like Cajun Shrimp Fettucini. Yumm!

  13. My favorite pasta dish is pasta carbonara. Oh man I could eat that entire case in a week. We LOVE pasta. I have never had fancy pasta though, just always store generic brands.

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  14. Oh, how fun! My favorite (and easy!) pasta dish is bowtie pasta with sauteed zucchini, garlic, and sundried tomatoes, tossed with olive oil, toasted pine nuts and feta cheese. Yum!


  15. I come from the Balducci and we have a family recipe for lasagna and one for rice soup that are to die for!!! I always know what to bring to the party because people request it!! Thanks to my great great grand mother for writing down her recipes.

  16. I love vegetarian pasta with eggplant, mushrooms, onions, cilantro, and curry sauce — medium spicy!

  17. I'm simple. I just love Pesto that my dad makes. Basil, pine nuts, olive oil… always a classic.

  18. My favorite pasta dish is a conglomeration of everything I like: crispy pancetta, a dollop of mascarpone, parmesan, butter, olive oil, shallots or onions, garlic, parsley, basil. Put it all together with a splash of homemade chicken stock or white wine… ahhh… I like it with fettucine or linguine, still wet with plenty of pasta water.


  19. I'm a new follower! My husband makes a wonderful pesto that we like to mix with pasta and that is my favorite! It's super simple but soooo good!

    jenny.maurer84 at gmail dot com

  20. My favorite pasta dish is… it's so hard to pick just one, anything pasta is my weakness but I really do love shrimp lasagna rolls. yummy.

    uncashbug6 at aol dot com

  21. I am a follower (Carolsue)
    My favorite pasta dish is Hot Italian Sausage and Peppers with Rigatoni
    digicat {AT} sbcglobal {DOT} net

  22. Mmm shrimp AND pesto — sounds amazing!

    I think my favorite pasta dish is simple pasta carbonara.

    email: juruble 'at'

  23. My fave pasta is the kind that has pasta in it! 😉 I follow you on Google Reader and LOVE this blog!

    mcclurestewart (at) gmail dot net

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Jodie is a wife, mom, writer and lover of chickens and gardens. She runs her family's winery by day and cooks and writes by night.

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