Shrimp Alfredo is fettuccini and perfectly cooked shrimp tossed in a rich and creamy Alfredo sauce made from scratch. It is a quick and easy seafood pasta that anyone can make!

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Shrimp Alfredo is one of my favorite classic pasta dishes. Every bite is a blend of creamy, cheesy, garlic-y sauce, perfectly cooked fettuccine, and tender shrimp. I had always assumed homemade shrimp Alfredo would be difficult to make but I was totally wrong. Shrimp Alfredo is not only easy to make it only takes 45 minutes to make!

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You can make seafood pasta with a red sauce, but what makes this dish stand out is the rich, creamy, Alfredo sauce. It’s a white sauce made with a combination of butter, cream, garlic, Parmesan, and just a pinch of nutmeg. Sounds pretty awesome right? The best part is it only takes about 15 minutes to make. That’s faster than you could heat up a jar of the store bought stuff and making it from scratch is so much better!

How Do You Make Homemade Alfredo Sauce?

  • Add 4 tablespoons of butter to a pan over medium high heat.
  • Pour in the heavy cream and bring to a simmer, stirring the whole time.
  • Add the Parmesan and nutmeg and continue to cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring constantly. Add Salt and Pepper to taste.

Once your sauce is ready you add your pasta, and some big, beautiful, perfectly cooked shrimp to it and toss everything together. That cheesy, buttery, creamy Alfredo sauce coats everything in the most amazing way and dinner is served.

easy creamy Shrimp Alfredo

How Do You Make Shrimp Alfredo Pasta?

  1. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a pan. Add garlic to the pan and cook for 1 minute, then add shrimp to the pan and cook for about 2 minutes on each side, or until the shrimp is fully pink. When shrimp is done set it to the side.
  2. Add remaining 4 tablespoons of butter to the pan along with the heavy cream. Bring to a simmer. Add the Parmesan and nutmeg and continue to cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring constantly. Salt and Pepper to taste.
  3. While the sauce is simmering cook your pasta according to the package instructions. When the pasta is done set 1 cup of pasta water aside before draining the pasta.
  4. Add the cooked pasta and shrimp to the sauce and stir together until pasta is well coated. If you need to thin the sauce slightly add a small amount of pasta water until you reach the desired texture.

Shrimp Alfredo on a black plate

Helpful Tips to Make Shrimp Alfredo Pasta:

  • Use a flat pasta such as fettuccine or linguine for a rich, creamy sauce like Alfredo. The thin, flat, noodle is able to handle the weight of the sauce, and it gives you more surface area for that delicious Alfredo sauce to cling to!
  • Don’t overcook your shrimp! This is a quick and easy recipe and that is partly because shrimp only takes a few minutes to be fully cooked. Add a little butter to your pan, toss in your shrimp, and cook them for about 2 minutes on each side or until they are fully pink. Then they are ready to eat!
  • Don’t skip the heavy cream. I know it might be tempting to substitute something lighter but the heavy cream is part of what gives this sauce its rich flavor and velvety texture.

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SHRIMP ALFREDO PASTA
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Servings: 4
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Total Time: 45 mins

Shrimp Alfredo Pasta

Shrimp Alfredo is fettuccini and perfectly cooked shrimp tossed in a rich and creamy alfredo sauce made from scratch. It is a quick and easy seafood pasta that anyone can make!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Fettuccine pasta
  • 6 tablespoons Butter
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 pound Shrimp, large, shelled and deveined, tails removed
  • 2 cups Heavy Cream
  • 2 cups Parmesan, grated
  • 1/8 teaspoon Ground nutmeg
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a pan. Add garlic to the pan and cook for 1 minute, then add shrimp to the pan and cook for about 2 minutes on each side, or until the shrimp is fully pink. When shrimp is done set it to the side.
  • Add remaining 4 tablespoons of butter to the pan along with the heavy cream. Bring to a simmer. Add the Parmesan and nutmeg and continue to cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring constantly. Salt and Pepper to taste.
  • While the sauce is simmering cook your pasta according to the package instructions. When the pasta is done set 1 cup of pasta water aside before draining the pasta.
  • Add the cooked pasta and shrimp to the sauce and stir together until pasta is well coated. If you need to thin the sauce slightly add a small amount of pasta water until you reach the desired texture.

Nutrition

Calories: 5234kcal, Carbohydrates: 345g, Protein: 239g, Fat: 322g, Saturated Fat: 191g, Cholesterol: 2492mg, Sodium: 7605mg, Potassium: 2010mg, Fiber: 14g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 10940IU, Vitamin C: 23.3mg, Calcium: 3525mg, Iron: 19.9mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: pasta recipe, seafood pasta, shrimp recipe

 

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