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5-Ingredient Shrimp Alfredo

5-Ingredient Shrimp Alfredo - Yep only five ingredient! Shrimp, fettuccine, butter, cream, and parmesan is all you need to make this creamy, easy pasta dish!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword fettuccine alfredo, shrimp alfredo
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 606 kcal
Author Nicole


  • 2 tbsp + 2 tsp unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 lb 25-28 ct. shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 lb fettuccine


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Season with salt, it should taste as salty as sea water. 

  2. Melt 2 teaspoons of butter in a large skillet over a medium heat. Pat shrimp dry and season with salt and pepper.  Add shrimp to the butter. Sear until shrimp are bright pink and curled into a c, it should take about 2-3 minutes.Remove from pan until you are ready to assemble.

  3. Once you remove the shrimp from the pan, add remaining 2 tbsp butter to a large saute pan. Melt over a medium heat. Whisk in heavy cream and salt. Use a wooden spoon to scrape up any bits of brown at the bottom of the pan. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer, cook for 3-4 minutes minutes until thickened. 

  4. Add pasta to the boiling water. Cook until aldente. 

  5. Turn the heat on low and slowly whisk in cheese until it's completely melted and the sauce is creamy. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 

  6. Once the pasta is done cooking, use tongs to transfer the fettuccine to the sauce. Reserve cooking liquid. Toss the pasta with the sauce until coated. If needed, add a little bit of cooking liquid to get sauce to desired consistency. Don't add too much! Only add about a tablespoon or so at a time, to prevent the sauce from becoming too thin. Season again to taste with salt and pepper. Add shrimp. Toss and serve. 

  7. Garnish with extra parmesan cheese. 

Nutrition Facts
5-Ingredient Shrimp Alfredo
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 606 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 20g125%
Cholesterol 345mg115%
Sodium 974mg42%
Potassium 264mg8%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 1177IU24%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 353mg35%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.