Don’t Know What To Cook: Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe

This is a true comfort food for the whole family to enjoy. The rich and creamy texture, with the addition of freshly grated parmesan cheese, makes this dish extra special.

Greg Stevie

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Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo is a classic Italian-American made with rich and creamy Alfredo Sauce, perfectly cooked shrimp, and silky fettuccine noodles. This decadent pasta dish is a true comfort food, and its combination of flavors and textures is simply irresistible. 

This is a true comfort food for the whole family to enjoy. The rich and creamy texture, with the addition of freshly grated parmesan cheese, makes this dish extra special. I love it extra runny, so I usually make it with plenty of sauce. This classic pasta dish is ready in less than 30 minutes, and rivals any Italian restaurant out there. 


  • Fettuccine Noodles: I love using Fettuccine pasta here but you can use pretty much any type you love or have on hand. Fettuccine is a type of ribbon-like pasta, is traditionally used in this dish. Its wide and flat shape allows it to hold the creamy sauce effectively, providing a satisfying bite.

  • Shrimp: Succulent, plump shrimp are the star protein in Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo. They are usually sautéed in garlic and butter to impart a rich flavor.

  • Alfredo Sauce: The luscious Alfredo sauce is the heart of this dish. It is made from a combination of butter, heavy cream, and grated Parmesan cheese. The sauce should be rich, velvety, and seasoned with salt, pepper, and a pinch of nutmeg for a subtle depth of flavor.

  • Garlic: Fresh garlic cloves are minced and sautéed in butter to add aromatic depth to the dish.

  • Parmesan Cheese: The quality of the Parmesan cheese is crucial. Freshly grated Parmesan cheese offers the best flavor and texture. It's both blended into the sauce and sprinkled on top for garnish.

  • Salt, Pepper, and Nutmeg: These spices are used to season the dish to perfection. Nutmeg, in particular, adds a warm and slightly sweet aroma to the creamy sauce.

How to make Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo?

  1. Cook the Pasta: Boil a large pot of salted water and cook the fettuccine noodles until they are al dente. Drain and set aside.

  2. Sauté the Shrimp: In a large skillet, melt butter and sauté minced garlic until fragrant. Add the shrimp and cook until they turn pink and opaque. Remove the shrimp from the pan and set them aside.

  3. Prepare the Alfredo Sauce: In the same skillet, melt more butter, add heavy cream, and let it simmer. Gradually whisk in grated Parmesan cheese until the sauce thickens. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.

  4. Combine and Serve: Add the cooked fettuccine noodles and cooked shrimp to the Alfredo sauce. Gently toss everything together until well coated. Serve immediately, garnished with additional Parmesan cheese and freshly ground black pepper.

Recipe Variations:

While the classic Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo is a timeless favorite, there are numerous variations you can explore:

  • Vegetarian: Replace shrimp with sautéed mushrooms, spinach, or asparagus for a meat-free version.

  • Protein Choices: Experiment with other proteins like chicken, lobster, or scallops.

  • Herbs and Seasonings: Add fresh herbs like parsley or basil for a burst of freshness or spice things up with a pinch of red pepper flakes.

What kind of shrimp is best for this dish?

  Large or jumbo shrimp are typically used for Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo. They should be peeled and deveined for easier eating.

Can I use frozen shrimp?

  Yes, you can use frozen shrimp, but it's recommended to thaw them in the refrigerator before cooking for the best texture and flavor.

What kind of pasta should I use?

Traditional fettuccine noodles are the best choice for Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo. Their wide and flat shape pairs perfectly with the creamy sauce.

Can I make Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo in advance?

 While it's best enjoyed fresh, you can prepare the Alfredo sauce and cook the shrimp in advance. Reheat the sauce gently and cook the pasta just before serving to maintain the best texture.

How should I store leftovers?

Store leftover Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Reheat gently in a skillet or microwave, adding a splash of cream or milk to restore creaminess.

Exact ingredient measures:

For the Alfredo Sauce:

– 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

– 2 cups heavy cream

– 2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese

– 2 cloves garlic, minced

– Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

– A pinch of ground nutmeg (optional, for added flavor)

For the Shrimp and Pasta:

– 8 ounces fettuccine noodles

– 1 pound large or jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined

– 2 tablespoons olive oil

– 2 cloves garlic, minced

– Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

– Fresh parsley or basil for garnish (optional)


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