Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo

Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo

Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe

Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo is a luxurious, creamy pasta dish that’s surprisingly easy to make at home. Tender shrimp and fettuccine noodles are enveloped in a rich Alfredo sauce made with butter, cream, and Parmesan cheese.

Ingredients

For the Pasta:

  • 1 lb fettuccine pasta

For the Shrimp:

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  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)

For the Alfredo Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (for garnish)

Instructions

1. Cook the Pasta:

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Add the fettuccine and cook according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.

2. Cook the Shrimp:

  • While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Season the shrimp with salt and black pepper.
  • Add the shrimp to the skillet and cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side until they are pink and opaque.
  • Add the minced garlic and red pepper flakes (if using) to the skillet and cook for an additional 30 seconds until fragrant.
  • Remove the shrimp from the skillet and set aside.

3. Make the Alfredo Sauce:

  • In the same skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.
  • Add the heavy cream and bring to a gentle simmer. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Gradually whisk in the Parmesan cheese until the sauce is smooth and creamy.
  • Season the sauce with salt, black pepper, and ground nutmeg (if using).
  • Reduce the heat to low and let the sauce simmer gently while you finish the dish.
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4. Combine Pasta, Shrimp, and Sauce:

  • Add the cooked fettuccine to the skillet with the Alfredo sauce and toss to coat the pasta evenly.
  • Add the cooked shrimp back to the skillet and gently toss to combine.

5. Serve:

  • Divide the shrimp fettuccine Alfredo among serving plates.
  • Garnish with chopped fresh parsley.
  • Serve immediately with extra grated Parmesan cheese on the side, if desired.

Tips for Perfect Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo

  1. Pasta Cooking: Cook the pasta just until al dente. It will continue to cook slightly when mixed with the hot Alfredo sauce.
  2. Fresh Parmesan: Use freshly grated Parmesan cheese for the best flavor and a smooth sauce. Pre-grated cheese may contain additives that prevent it from melting properly.
  3. Shrimp: Don’t overcook the shrimp; they should be pink and just opaque. Overcooking can make them tough and rubbery.
  4. Sauce Consistency: If the sauce is too thick, add a little pasta cooking water to thin it out to your desired consistency.
  5. Seasoning: Taste the sauce before serving and adjust the seasoning as needed. Parmesan cheese is salty, so be careful not to over-salt the sauce.
  6. Variations: Add steamed broccoli or sautéed mushrooms for extra vegetables. You can also substitute chicken for shrimp if you prefer.

Enjoy this decadent and creamy shrimp fettuccine Alfredo as a delightful meal that’s sure to impress!

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