A wise man once said, “food is not just eating energy, it’s an experience.” If you’re anything like me, you know there’s nothing quite like a good meal to bring people together. And let me tell you, when it comes to parties, my shrimp fettuccine recipe always steals the show.
Picture this: buttery fettuccine noodles coated in a rich and creamy sauce, with tender shrimp and crisp vegetables bursting with flavor. This dish is comfort food at its finest, elevated to party-status with elegant presentation and the perfect balance of flavors.
But don’t be fooled by its impressive appearance – this recipe is easy enough for even the most inexperienced home chefs to tackle. And with endless opportunities for customization (spicy cajun shrimp or garlic-buttered lobster, anyone?), it’s a recipe that can be adapted to fit any occasion or taste preference.
So whether you’re planning a dinner party for friends or just looking for a satisfying weeknight meal, my shrimp fettuccine recipe is sure to please. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
If you’re a seafood lover, then this shrimp fettuccine recipe is just what you need! This dish is a perfect combination of creamy and savory flavors that will leave you craving for more. Trust me when I say that once you take a bite of this dish, it’ll become your go-to meal anytime you want something indulgent, filling and comforting.
The best thing about this shrimp fettuccine recipe is that it’s incredibly easy to make, even for those who are intimidated by cooking seafood. You’ll be amazed at how effortlessly you can nail the perfect balance of flavors in every bite, without breaking a sweat. In addition to this, the recipe features simple ingredients that are readily available in your grocery store – from fresh parsley and garlic cloves to red bell peppers and green onions.
The heart of the shrimp fettuccine recipe is the creamy sauce made from half-and-half, Velveeta cheese, and parmesan cheese which gives it an irresistible velvety texture that’s unmistakable. The beauty of this sauce lies in its versatility as well – it can easily complement other dishes such as chicken or lobster if you’re looking for something different.
Whether it’s for a romantic dinner with your partner or a gathering with loved ones, this shrimp fettuccine recipe will always impress. And come on…who doesn’t love shrimp alfredo or fettuccine alfredo? Imagine all that deliciousness in one dish – mind-blowing!
Just imagine enjoying tender juicy shrimp coated in creamy sauce and perfectly cooked al dente fettuccine that swirls around your fork with each bite. It’s like a symphony playing classical music in your mouth. Don’t hesitate any longer; make this shrimp fettuccine recipe today!
- 1 pound fettuccine pasta
- 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 4 tablespoons butter, divided
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
- 2 celery ribs, diced
- 1 onion, diced
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups half-and-half
- 8 ounces Velveeta cheese, cubed
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- Cajun seasoning for a spicy kick.
This list of ingredients comprises all you will need to create the perfect Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo recipe. However, do not stop yourself from experimenting with additional herbs or protein options such as chicken or seafood to make it even more tempting.
The Recipe How-To
Now that we’ve covered why you’ll fall in love with this shrimp fettuccine recipe, let’s dive into how to make it happen.
- 1 pound fettuccine pasta
- 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 4 tablespoons butter, divided
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
- 2 celery ribs, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 2 cups half-and-half
- 8 ounces Velveeta cheese, cubed
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Step 1: Cook the Fettuccine
Cook the fettuccine pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
Step 2: Prepare the Shrimp
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Melt two tablespoons of butter and add the peeled and deveined shrimp. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook for about three minutes or until they’re pink and opaque. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
Step 3: Make the Sauce
Add another two tablespoons of butter to the same skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic, bell peppers, celery ribs, onions, and cook for about five minutes or until they’re tender.
Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and cook for one minute while stirring continuously.
Gradually pour in the half-and-half while whisking continuously. Reduce heat to medium-low heat until the sauce thickens about five minutes.
Add Velveeta cheese and parmesan cheese; whisk until smooth.
Step 4: Combine Everything
Stir in cooked shrimp on a low flame, making sure everything is coated in the creamy sauce.
Combine all cooked fettuccine with shrimp Alfredo mixture into one pot or bowl by carefully tossing it together with two forks as not to break up any of your ingredients.
Step 5: Garnish and Enjoy
Top with freshly chopped parsley before serving alongside bread or salad; Or pair it with a [suggested dish].
Now that you know how to make this easy shrimp fettuccine alfredo therapy dish; make sure you store any leftovers in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to three days!
Substitutions and Variations
Now, I know some of you are a little more adventurous and don’t like to stick to just one recipe. You want to switch things up sometimes and add your own personal touch. Well, for those of you who just can’t resist tinkering with your meals, this section is just for you.
First off, let’s talk about the shrimp. If you’re not too big on shrimp or just want to mix things up a bit, feel free to try out other seafood like lobster or even chicken if that’s what gets your taste buds going! If you’re feeling a little more daring, why not throw in some creole seasoning to really spice things up?
If fettuccine pasta isn’t really your thing, but you still crave a creamy sauce paired with delicious seafood, then try using penne or even linguine instead. These pastas have slightly different textures which give them their unique flavor profiles that might just be what your taste palates need.
Now let’s talk cheese. Parmesan cheese is the star of the show here, but if you want something different that will still give you a nice melt without overpowering the dish, try swapping it out with Velveeta cheese. This will give you a smoother and creamier sauce and is perfect for those who prefer a milder flavor.
To add some fresh herb aroma into your dish, swap out fresh parsley for basil. It pairs well with the lemon garlic creamy sauce and gives it an extra flavorful kick.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to substitutions and variations. Experiment with new ingredients or use this recipe as a guide to make shrimp alfredo or cajun or garlic shrimp fettuccine that make your taste buds explode with flavors. Just remember to keep an open mind and let your intuition guide you towards creating the dish that best suits your palate.
Serving and Pairing
When it comes to serving shrimp fettuccine, you should make sure to plate it impressively. After all, food is half art and half science, am I right?
I suggest serving this pasta dish in a big family-style bowl or on a large platter, garnished with some fresh parsley and shavings of Parmesan cheese. This way, your guests can easily help themselves to seconds (and thirds!).
Because this dish is quite substantial, a simple side salad with a light vinaigrette would be an excellent way to round out the meal. Think arugula with thinly sliced red onions, sweet cherry tomatoes, and a tart lemon dressing.
Pairing-wise, you’ll need something light and crisp to cut through the richness of the creamy sauce. A dry Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio will fit the bill nicely. If you prefer something with more heft, try a Chardonnay that’s halfway between oaky and buttery.
Of course, if you’re not much of a wine drinker, you can always opt for an ice-cold beer or fizzy soda to go with your shrimp fettuccine. The world is your oyster! Or should I say, your shrimp?
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
Look, I get it. Sometimes life gets in the way and you don’t have time to cook that delicious shrimp fettuccine alfredo recipe right before your party. Don’t worry, dear reader, I’ve got some tips to make sure you can still have a tasty feast without slaving in the kitchen all day.
Firstly, let’s talk about make-ahead options. If you want to be prepared early on, you can make the creamy lemon garlic sauce up to two days in advance and store it in an airtight container in the fridge. You can also precook the fettuccine pasta separately and store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. When you’re ready to assemble, just reheat the sauce on medium heat and stir frequently. Add the cooked pasta, and cooked raw shrimp (if using), until everything is heated through.
Secondly, if you have any leftovers from your party (unlikely as it sounds), they can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. To reheat them, simply pop them in the microwave or on medium heat on a skillet and stir frequently until heated through.
Finally, let’s discuss storing your pre-made shrimp alfredo sauce. You can freeze it for up to 2 months! After cooking and cooling, spoon into a freezer-safe container with minimal headspace of an inch or two from the top. Seal tightly and label with the date and dish name. Defrost overnight under refrigeration before reheating on medium heat.
Just remember that reheated shrimp isn’t going to be as perfectly crispy as when fresh off of the skillet – but anything is better than not having any leftovers!
Tips for Perfect Results
Cooking any recipe can be a daunting task at times. But with these tips, you’re sure to achieve perfect results every time you prepare this shrimp fettuccine recipe.
One of the most crucial tips for preparing shrimp fettuccine is to ensure that your ingredients are fresh. Fresh parsley and garlic cloves play a critical role in adding flavor and aroma to your dish. Therefore, when purchasing your ingredients, be sure to select the fresh ones.
Another tip for perfect results when preparing this dish is to use heavy cream sparingly. Heavy cream adds richness to the creamy sauce that is fundamental to the shrimp fettuccine recipe. However, too much of it will result in an overpowering flavor that could ruin the taste of the dish.
To ensure that your pasta doesn’t stick together, be sure to cook it in plenty of salted water. The general rule of thumb is one gallon of water for every pound of pasta. Additionally, avoid overcrowding your pot when cooking the pasta as this could result in uneven cooking, leading to some pieces being undercooked or overcooked.
When cooking your shrimp, seasoning them well with kosher salt and black pepper enhances their flavor and helps them get crispy without sticking together. Another trick to getting perfectly seasoned cooked shrimp is by using Cajun seasoning or creole seasoning on raw shrimp before cooking.
Lastly, when reheating leftovers or storing them in the fridge, be sure to use airtight containers. This prevents moisture from accumulating, which can cause sogginess in your pasta resulting in a mushy texture. When reheating, adding a tablespoon of milk or half-and-half can revive the creamy texture.
By following these simple tips, you’re sure to achieve perfect results every time you make this shrimp fettuccine recipe. Let’s dig into those plates and enjoy!
Now that you know how to make this scrumptious shrimp fettuccine alfredo, it’s important to clear any doubts that may arise in the preparation process. To help with that, I’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions along with their respective answers. Keep reading to ensure that your dish is an absolute success!
What can I add to fettuccine Alfredo to make it taste better?
When it comes to jazzing up a plain and simple jar of sauce, additional seasonings and spices will make all the difference. In my opinion, there are some key flavor boosters you shouldn’t miss, for instance, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, dried basil, oregano, onion powder, or seasoned salt. Be cautious on adding too much at once, though. Begin with a small amount, like 1/2 teaspoon, and continue to add gradually to sidestep over-seasoning.
What to serve with shrimp alfredo?
When it comes to shrimp alfredo, it’s essential to complement its rich and savory flavors with the right sides. This creamy dish can serve as the centerpiece or main course for any meal. To enhance the experience, consider pairing it with steamed broccoli, asparagus, a side salad, or some crunchy garlic bread slathered in butter. These sides not only offer a range of textures and flavors but also complement the dish’s creaminess perfectly.
Is Fettuccine Alfredo unhealthy?
When it comes to this dish, there’s some bad news. The nutritional information reveals that a single serving is loaded with calories, fat, saturated fat, and sodium. We’re talking around 1200 calories, 75 grams of fat, 47 grams of saturated fat, and over 50% of your recommended sodium intake for the day. It’s not hard to see why once you take a look at the recipe.
How long is shrimp alfredo good for?
If you happen to have some Shrimp Alfredo left after your party, it’s important to store it properly to make it last longer. You should place any leftover pasta, sauce, and shrimp in an airtight container before storing it in the refrigerator. This will help keep its freshness and flavor for up to 3-4 days. Just remember to place the container in the refrigerator soon after the party to keep it from spoiling.
Alright, brio. Are you ready to impress your guests with this scrumptious shrimp fettuccine recipe? Trust me, it will leave them begging for more!
This dish is perfect for all occasions, whether you’re having a small dinner party or hosting a big event. The combination of succulent shrimp and creamy, garlicky sauce served over al dente fettuccine pasta will have your taste buds singing.
Take my advice and prepare this recipe according to the instructions outlined here. You can also switch things up by adding your favorite ingredients and seasonings or swapping the shrimp with other proteins such as chicken or lobster.
Just make sure to store any leftovers in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to three days, and reheat in a skillet and add a splash of cream for best results.
In conclusion, what are you waiting for? Grab those ingredients, put on that apron and let’s make some magic happen in the kitchen with this unparalleled shrimp fettuccine alfredo recipe that will satisfy all of your cravings. Trust me, your guests will be asking you for the recipe at the end of the meal.
Shrimp Fettuccine Recipe
- 2 onions, chopped
- 2 celery ribs, chopped
- 1/2 yellow bell pepper, chopped
- 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 green onion
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/8 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 2 lbs shrimp
- 2 tablespoons jalapeno relish
- 1/2 lb Velveeta cheese, cubed
- 1/2 pint half-and-half
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1/2 lb fettuccine pasta
- cooking spray
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
- tony chachere's original creole seasoning
- In a Dutch oven, saute onions, celery, peppers, and green onion in butter on medium heat until yender.
- Add flour, parsley, and shrimp and cook for 15 minutes.
- Add relish, cheese, Half and Half, and garlic.
- Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir often to prevent sticking.
- Season to taste with Tony's.
- Make fettuccine according to instructions on box.
- Mix together and top with parmesan cheese before serving.
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