Shrimp with Cilantro-Lime Pesto

Makes: 4 Servings   Prep Time: 15 minutes   Cook Time: 10 minutes   Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups packed fresh cilantro leaves, plus 1/4 cup chopped

1/3 cup chopped green onions

3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice

2 garlic cloves, pressed

1 Tablespoon jalapeno, chopped and seeded

1/2 cup plus 1 Tablespoon olive oil

1 lb linguine (or rice)

1 lb uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined 

3 Tablespoons tequila

1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. In a food processor, combine 1 1/4 cups cilantro, green onions, lime juice, garlic, and jalapeno.  Blend until a course puree forms.  With the machine running, gradually add 1/2 cup of oil.  Season generously with salt.
  2. Cook linguine (or rice) in a large pot of boiling water until tender and done.
  3. Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the shrimp and cook until almost opaque in the center, about 3 minutes.  Remove skillet from heat and add tequila.  Return skillet to heat and stir until sauce is thickened and syrupy, about 30 seconds.  Add pesto and stir to coat.  Remove from heat.
  4. Add pasta (or rice) to skillet and toss to coat.  Season with salt and pepper.  Divide among plates, sprinkle with cheese and chopped cilantro.
  5. Enjoy!