HOW-TO Fettuccine Alfredo with Garlic Butter Shrimp

Fettuccine Alfredo with Garlic Butter Shrimp video

STEP #1

Cooking the Shrimp in two stages. We are going to use a very cool and easy method for cooking the shrimp which is easy to overcook, plus will help us with the timing of everything coming together at once. #plating

Begin by adding 2 to 3 tablespoons of butter and 2 teaspoons of minced garlic to a small to a medium-sized pot. Once the butter melts and the garlic smells almost sweet, toasty, add in the shrimp. Make sure your shrimp are de-veined.

cooking shrimp in butter and garlic

 

STEP #2

Cooking bacon or Spam. I like the addition of some bacon or Spam. Easy to skip this step if you wish.

Dice up some bacon or Spam and cook it down to render out most of the fat. Two pieces of bacon will work. With the bacon, cook at a lower temperature to help render the out the fat. Remember, fat is flavor.

cooking spam with jalapenos

Chop up a Jalapeno pepper or Serrano pepper for a pop of spicy flavor. I really enjoy the addition of the peppers. I use the bottom half of the pepper only. Which is less hot/spicy than the top portion where the seeds and rib are located.

chopped jalapeno pepper added to bacon or spam

 

STEP #3

Once the bacon or Spam is cooked add-in half of a block of cream cheese 4 oz and begin melting it down. Once the cream cheese melts halfway then add-in some “half and half”, you could use milk or heavy cream. If you use heavy cream you may need to add a little bit of water to control the thickness. The sauce thickness is a personal preference.

TIP: Once the pasta is cooked, add the pasta straight to the sauce, which will bring along a small amount of water to the sauce which will help the thickness.

adding cream cheese and half and half to a skillet with spam or bacon

 

STEP #4

Once the cream cheese has melted 80% add-in the pimento cheese or cheddar (use what you like), other options: Pecorino Romano or Parmesan Romano 

adding pimento cheese to Alfredo sauce

Check Out Our Version of Pimento Cheese Below

masters pimento cheese sandwich

 

STEP #5

Add-in fresh grated ginger. The ginger works very well with seafood. Adds a nice pop of freshness. Just do not add too much or it could take over the dish.

Add fresh ginger to sauce

Finish the sauce with chopped parsley. Be sure to chop the parsley small, it will look odd with large pieces in the sauce. Taste for seasoning next. Does it need salt? More Pecorino Romano or Parmesan Romano?

adding chopped parsley to finished Alfredo sauce

 

STEP #6

Cooking the Pasta and Finishing Tips

  • Bring a pot of water to the boil. Add in enough salt to season the water as salty as the sea/ocean. 6% salinity
  • Fresh Pasta takes about 90 seconds to 2 minutes. (Recipe & Technique Here)

    Dry Pasta: cook accordingly to the box/package

  • Once the pasta is cooked to your liking you need to “marry the pasta with the sauce”.

    In Italy, it is a culinary rule. Once cooked, the pasta is ready to take on whichever flavor you want. The pasta is most effective when flavoring straight out of the cooking water. The starchy water helps the sauce in texture.

 

STEP #7

Finishing Cooking The Shrimp & Plating

  • We are now using three stove burners. One is now off with the Alfredo sauce on it. The second burner has boiling water on it seasoned with salt ready to cook the pasta. And the third is turned on and hot ( the shrimp finishes cooking in that same pot for about 1 minute and gets plated last.
  • Make sure you’re cooking the pasta on a burner right next to the Alfredo sauce. (lowers the mess) Drop the pasta into boiling water. If you’re cooking dry pasta, where the instructions say to cook for (whatever amount of time) when the timer reaches 1 minute left put the shrimp back on the hot burner and begin to finish cooking them. Should take 1 to 2 minutes. Add chopped parsley after one-minute cooking…

    Next, the pasta timer goes off, test a piece for doneness. Then move the pasta from the boiling water to the large skillet with the Alfredo sauce and coat all the pasta in the sauce. This is called, “Marry the pasta with the sauce”.

    Using kitchen tongs swirl the pasta in a circle and plate in the middle of the place. Grate fresh Pecorino Romano or Parmesan Romano over the pasta.

    Add the shrimp on top of the pasta and add even more Pecorino Romano or Parmesan Romano and finish with chopped parsley.

Fettuccine Alfredo with Garlic Butter Shrimp

Best easy weeknight pasta recipe that only takes a few minutes to make
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian / American
Keyword: Fettuccine Alfredo with Garlic Butter Shrimp
Prep Time: 6 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 620kcal
Cost: $13

Equipment

  • Skillet
  • Medium Pot

Ingredients

The Shrimp

  • 1 pound Rock Shrimp (Use what you can find)
  • 1/2 stick Butter
  • 1 tbsp Garlic

Alfredo Sauce

  • 4 oz Cream Cheese / half of a package
  • 2/3 cup Pimento Cheese or Cheddar Cheese / or use what you like
  • 1/2 cup Half & Half Milk
  • 1/4 cup Spam or Bacon / 2 pieces of bacon
  • 1 tbsp Minced Jalapeno Pepper
  • 2 tsp Fresh Ginger
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Parsley
  • 2 tbsp Pecorino Romano

Pasta

  • 1 bag Dry Fettuccine / use as much or as little as you like
  • Fresh Pasta (look below for How-To-Recipe

Instructions

Cooking the Shrimp

  • STEP 1
    In a medium pot, using medium heat, add-in 1/2 stick of butter and 1 tablespoon of minced garlic and salt and pepper, add to taste. Once the garlic is cooked, ( once the garlic is cooked, the garlic should give off a nutty sweet aroma) then add-in the shrimp and stir combining all ingredients. After cooking the shrimp for 2 to 3 minutes (par-cooked) take them off the heat and set aside. We will heat them back up to perfection when we plate the pasta.
    SHRIMP COOKING TIP: Par cooking the shrimp first allows the shrimp to slowly continue cooking, only needing a quick reheat before plating. Secondly, this tip will help you with your kitchen timing.

Making the Alfredo Sauce

  • STEP 1
    Begin by dicing the Spam or bacon into small pieces and getting that into a large skillet on medium-high heat. You'll want to use a skillet large enough for all the Alfredo sauce and pasta.
    Chop up half of one jalapeno or Serrano and cook with the Spam. Temperature closer to medium than high heat. I use the bottom portion of the pepper to lower the amount of spicy/heat.
  • STEP 2
    Once the Spam/bacon is cooked, add-in the cream cheese and "half and half" (cream cheese: use half a package 4 oz) and melt 80% of the way,( use more cream cheese if you wish ), once close to fully melted, then add-in the second cheese, either pimento cheese (recipe below) or cheddar cheese, Pecorino Romano or Parmesan Romano. The reason you add the pimento cheese after the cream cheese has melted is the cream cheese takes a longer amount of time to melt. Add salt and pepper to taste, at least 1 tsp of salt.
    Use the "half and half" to control the thickness of the sauce. Have it ready to add more if needed.
    Half & Half is a milk product that includes both whole milk and heavy cream 50% to 50% parts.
    Recipe LINK for Pimento Cheese follows below
  • STEP 3
    Grate in some fresh ginger (optional) Ginger goes well with shrimp/seafood.
    Add chopped fresh parsley and grate some lemon zest into the sauce. Lemon zest, about 1 teaspoon or less.
    You could add some of the Pecorino Romano now if you like. Usually for finishing on top of the dish.
    Turn the heat off on the sauce before cooking the pasta and finishing the cook on the shrimp. You can add more half & half if the sauce tightens up too much.

Cooking the Pasta and Finishing Tips

  • Bring a pot of water to the boil. Add in enough salt to season the water as salty as the sea/ocean. 6% salinity
  • Fresh Pasta takes about 90 seconds to 2 minutes.
    Dry Pasta cook accordingly to the box/package
  • Once the pasta is cooked to your liking you need to marry the pasta with the sauce.
    In Italy, this is a culinary rule. The pasta is ready to take on whichever flavor you want to add. The pasta is effective to flavor straight out of the cooking water. The starchy water helps the sauce in texture.

Finishing Cooking The Shrimp & Plating

  • We are now using three stove burners. One is now off with the Alfredo sauce on it (make sure the sauce is to temperature before plating. The second burner has boiling water on it seasoned with salt ready to cook the pasta. And the third is turned on and hot ( the shrimp finishes cooking in that same pot for about1 minute and gets plated last.   
  • Make sure you're cooking the pasta on a burner right next to the Alfredo sauce. (lowers the mess) Drop the pasta into boiling water. If you're cooking dry pasta, the box instructions says to cook for (whatever amount of time) when the timer reaches 1 minute left put the shrimp back on the hot burner and begin to finish cooking them. Should take 1 to 2 minutes. Add chopped parsley after one-minute of cooking...
    Next, the pasta timer goes off, test a piece for doneness. Then move the pasta from the boiling water to the large skillet with the Alfredo sauce and coat all the pasta in the sauce. "Marry the pasta with the sauce"
    Using kitchen tongs swirl the pasta in a circle and plate in the middle of the place. Grate fresh Pecorino Romano or Parmesan Romano over the pasta.
    Add the shrimp on top of the pasta and add even more Pecorino Romano or Parmesan Romano and finish with chopped parsley.

Video

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Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 620kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 12.8g | Fat: 14.2g | Saturated Fat: 4.7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 214mg

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