Are you looking for a new shrimp recipe? My Easy Shrimp Alfredo with Angel Hair Pasta will knock your socks off.
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Shrimp Recipes Are so Quick to Make
When I cook anything with shrimp, I can have dinner on the table in 30 minutes max. We typically eat our shrimp with a light lemon, butter sauce but I was in the mood for something different the other night.
I get out all my staple shrimp ingredients; lemon, chicken broth, garlic, butter, and spices. A tub of cream cheese was also in my refrigerator that was 1/2 full. I thought to myself, what if I add the cream cheese to this to make it creamier. Kind of like an alfredo.
This is a recipe that you need to be doing two things at once. Start by filling my large saucepan with water for my pasta and putting that on high heat to bring to a boil.
Let’s cook some shrimp!
I started out with my “traditional” shrimp recipe ingredients. I add oil and butter to the sauté pan and heated it over a medium-high flame until the butter melted. Then put the shrimp in the pan in a single layer. This part is where I work fast. As soon as the shrimp starts to curl I turn it over with a fork. I typically only cook my shrimp on the first side for about 2 minutes. Once it’s on the second side I let it cook for about two more minutes and then add my garlic and stir it in, letting it all cook for about another minute until all the shrimp are completely pink.
At this point, the water in my stockpot should be boiling and I add my pasta to the water. Regular pasta takes about 10 – 11 minutes to cook but angel hair only takes 4 minutes so I have to do my best to make it all work out as the shrimp recipe only takes about 10-15 minutes total.
I take the shrimp out of the pan with a slotted spoon and put it into a bowl that I set aside. To that pan, I then add the chicken broth, my spices, lemon juice and I let that come to a simmering boil. Then I added the cream cheese and continued stirring until it was melted. My sauce was still a little soupy so I added two tablespoons of cold butter (one at a time until melted) to further thicken up the sauce.
Add the cooked shrimp and the grated parmesan into the sauce. Let cook until the shrimp is heated for about 1-2 minutes and you’re ready to serve.
Shrimp can get tough if overcooked. It should be served immediately!
Serve the shrimp and sauce over noodles however, you can have it over zoodles too. Add a side salad and a piece of crusty sourdough bread and you have a delicious meal.
This is not a “cooking light’ meal so it definitely will not be a regular rotation meal.
Shrimp Alfredo with Angel Hair Pasta
- 1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 tblsp olive oil I typically use grapeseed oil
- 1 tblsp butter
- 2 cloves garlic, minced I use minced garlic from a jar, I use about 1 heaping teaspoon
- 3/4 cup chicken broth
- juice of 1/2 lemon about 2 tablespoons
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp thyme or Italian seasoning You can use just about any spice that you like
- 2 tblsp cold butter, divided
- 1-2 oz grated parmesan cheese
- parsley to garnish, optional
- additional grated parmesan cheese for garnish, optional
- 8 oz. angel hair pasta
- Fill saucepan 3/4 full with water, a pinch of salt, and set on medium-high heat to start to boil
- Once water is at a rolling boil, add pasta and cook for 4 minutes. Drain
- Add oil and 1 tablespoon butter to saute pan and heat over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp in a single layer. As soon as the shrimp is pink on the bottom side and starts to curl flip it over with tongs. (1-2 minutes for each side)
- When shrimp are just done, add the garlic and stir for one minute. Remove shrimp with a slotted spoon to a bowl and set aside
- To the saute pan add the chicken broth and lemon juice and bring to a slow boil, stir in the cream cheese and spices. When the cream cheese has melted. Then add the cold butter one tablespoon at a time until melted. The sauce should be getting somewhat thick at this point. Depending on how cheesy you want it you can add 1-2 oz of grated parmesan cheese. Or just serve on top if you don't want your sauce to thick.
- Add the shrimp and any juices back to the saute pan and stir into the creamy sauce. Heat through (about 1 minute). Serve over pasta. Garnish with parsley and grated parmesan
Sauté vs. Skillet Pan
A saute pan has straight sides on it (like the pan on the left). I like my sauté pan for things just like this shrimp alfredo recipe. The sides are higher so things don’t splatter as much. Stir-fry is also great in a sauté pan. A Skillet to me is really a fry-pan. “Handy” likes a skillet and I like the sauté pan even for things like frying an egg. My stove isn’t easy to clean and so everything I can do to keep things from getting splattered and dirty is a plus in my book.
When I replace my pots and pans it’s going to be with an environmentally friendly set.
Shrimp are a great source of amino acids, helping to maintain a balanced sleep & stabilized mood
More Shrimp Recipes
This recipe from A Bushel & A Pickle Blog “Meg’s Shrimp Primavera” looks so yummy.
Cindy at Reinvented Delaware Blog has the best recipe for “Shrimp Bisque”. It’s also an Insta-Pot recipe which makes it quick and easy!
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I hope you enjoy my Easy Shrimp Alfredo with Angel Hair Pasta Recipe. It’s so easy to make but also a fancy meal that you can make in under 30 minutes.
If you like this you might also like my Cajun Butter Sauce Recipe that I made with Shrimp. You can find it HERE
Sourdough Starter HERE
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