One Pan Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo

Indulge in the creamy and savory flavors of this One Pan Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo, a perfect dish for those seeking a delightful and convenient meal. This recipe combines the succulence of shrimp with the richness of a classic Alfredo sauce, all brought together in one pan for minimal cleanup and maximum flavor.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 16 ounces large shrimp, peeled, deveined, and tails removed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 ounces dry fettuccine noodles
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Parsley, as a garnish

Instructions

  1. In a sauté pan over medium heat, melt two tablespoons of butter. Once hot, add the shrimp and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side, or until they turn opaque. Transfer the cooked shrimp to a plate or bowl and cover to keep warm.
  2. Add the remaining butter and minced garlic to the pan. Cook for 30 seconds, being careful not to burn the garlic (as it cooks quickly).
  3. Pour in the chicken broth, milk, and fettuccine noodles. Stir the noodles to separate them. Once the liquid comes to a boil, cover the pan, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for about 11 minutes (or until the noodles are al dente according to your pasta’s package directions). Stir once halfway through to prevent sticking.
  4. Remove the lid. Most of the liquid should be absorbed. Add the heavy cream, grated Parmesan cheese, pepper, and nutmeg. Stir until the cheese is melted.
  5. Add the cooked shrimp back into the pan and stir to combine. Remove the pan from the heat and let it sit for 5 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken.
  6. Garnish with fresh parsley before serving.

Conclusion

This One Pan Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo is not only a feast for the taste buds but also a testament to the simplicity and elegance of classic Italian cooking. The combination of tender shrimp, creamy sauce, and perfectly cooked pasta ensures a luxurious dining experience. Perfect for a cozy night in or a special occasion, this dish is sure to impress.

FAQs

Q: Can I use a different type of pasta instead of fettuccine? A: Absolutely! While fettuccine is traditional in Alfredo dishes due to its wider surface area that holds the sauce well, you can substitute it with linguine or spaghetti based on your preference or availability.

Q: How can I make this dish lighter? A: For a lighter version, you can substitute the heavy cream with additional milk or a light cooking cream. Also, consider using low-fat milk and Parmesan cheese.

Q: Is it possible to make this dish ahead of time? A: This dish is best enjoyed fresh. However, if you need to save time, you can cook the shrimp and pasta ahead of time. When ready to serve, gently reheat the ingredients, adding a splash of milk if the sauce needs thinning.

Q: Can I add vegetables to this recipe? A: Certainly! Feel free to add vegetables like spinach, mushrooms, or sun-dried tomatoes to the dish for an extra flavor and nutrition boost.

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