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Easy Shrimp Alfredo Recipe


  • Author: monica

Description

Shrimp Alfredo is a classic dish that’s both rich in flavor and simple to prepare. Combining succulent shrimp with a creamy Alfredo sauce, this dish is perfect for a quick weeknight meal or an elegant dinner party. In this article, we’ll provide you with an easy-to-follow shrimp Alfredo recipe, along with tips to enhance its flavor and suggestions for perfect pairings.


Ingredients

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  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 8 ounces fettuccine pasta
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)
  • Lemon wedges (optional)


Instructions

1. Prepare the Shrimp
  • Season shrimp with salt and pepper.
  • Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Cook shrimp until pink and opaque (2-3 minutes per side).
  • Remove shrimp and set aside.
2. Cook the Pasta
  • Boil salted water in a large pot.
  • Cook fettuccine according to package instructions until al dente.
  • Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water.
3. Make the Alfredo Sauce
  • In the same skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat.
  • Sauté minced garlic until fragrant (about 1 minute).
  • Add heavy cream and bring to a simmer.
  • Gradually whisk in Parmesan cheese until smooth and creamy.
4. Combine and Serve
  • Add cooked pasta and shrimp to the skillet with Alfredo sauce.
  • Toss to coat, adding reserved pasta water if needed to thin the sauce.
  • Season with additional salt and pepper.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley and serve with lemon wedges if desired.

Notes

  • Ingredients: Use fresh shrimp and high-quality Parmesan for the best flavor. Frozen shrimp can be used but ensure they are fully thawed and patted dry.
  • Pasta Water: Reserved pasta water helps thin the sauce and adds a bit of starch to help it cling to the pasta.
  • Flavor Enhancements: A pinch of nutmeg can add depth to the sauce. For extra richness, use freshly grated Parmesan instead of pre-grated.
  • Dietary Adjustments: Substitute heavy cream with half-and-half, milk mixed with Greek yogurt, or coconut milk for a dairy-free version.
  • Serving Suggestions: Serve with a green salad, garlic bread, or steamed vegetables like broccoli or asparagus for a complete meal.