Recipe Spotlight: Responsible Choice Belize Shrimp Pesto Pasta

This recipe produces delicious comfort food without producing a tinge of guilt. Fresh, nutritious vegetables and beautiful, bright red shrimp allow you to enjoy colorful food in the winter. Best of all, this recipe only takes about 20 minutes to prepare, giving you another option for a tasty home-cooked meal. This is also a very versatile dish– serve it cold or even as a side dish.

Responsible Choice Belize Shrimp Pesto Pasta

Serves 4


All you need:

  • 8 oz rotini
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pound Responsible Choice raw Belize shrimp
  • 1/4 cup pesto
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced roasted red peppers
  • 2 cups baby spinach

All you do:

  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the olive oil and shrimp. Cook for about 3 minutes. Add the pesto, red peppers and baby spinach. Cook 1 to 2 minutes until spinach has wilted and shrimp is cooked thoroughly.
  3. Toss with prepared pasta and serve.

This dish can be served warm or cold.

Author: Stacey Wertzberger

My name is Stacey Wertzberger and I am the chef at Hy-Vee’s Fleur Drive store in Des Moines. I am a 2004 graduate of Iowa State University, where I received a degree in hotel and restaurant management. I worked for six years as a sous chef at the Downtown Marriott Hotel in Des Moines before joining Hy-Vee six years ago. I worked first as catering manager and then became the chef at the Fleur store in late 2012. What I love most about my job is being able to help people understand they can cook healthy meals without sacrificing flavor. I like helping people make memories in the kitchen. Most of my fondest memories are around the kitchen and food, and I like helping people understand that it’s not hard to make a gourmet meal that people will remember.