Pasta dishes are common in many cuisines these days. Once a mainstay of Italian cuisine, the starchy item can be found on many dinner plates around the world. These dishes are also quite robust. On its own, pasta comes in many shapes and sizes and when combined with other foods, the possibilities seem endless. In this article, we'll be looking at a popular pasta dish that is highly popular, Shrimp Fettuccini Alfredo.

The recipe for this dish combines one of the most popular pasta types with one of the most popular seafood. The dish is highly popular in many restaurants including those that aren't even Italian-themed. For those who are curious about Shrimp Fettuccini Alfredo, this article will reveal what the deal is with this dish — recipe and all.

What is Fettuccine Alfredo?

For most, Fettuccini Alfredo sounds complicated just by its very pronunciation, but it really isn't.

Basically, this is a cheesy pasta dish named after its creator, Alfredo di Lelio who came up with the dish back in early 20th century Rome. Usually, pasta dishes consists of pasta immersed in a sauce. And in the case of Fettuccine Alfredo, we have fettuccini tossed with a buttery, creamy, Parmesan sauce.

The sauce is made by combining butter/oil, aromatics, meat/fish, cream, parmesan cheese, herbs and seasoning in a skillet. Once the sauce thickens, it is then tossed with fettuccini pasta that is cooked to al dente (firm to the bite), completing the dish.

What about the shrimp?

As any dish goes, there are variations that can be easily made by adding ingredients to the recipe. That being said, a Shrimp Fettuccini Alfredo dish is pretty much self-explanatory. And without further ado, here is the recipe:

The recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fettuccini pasta
  • 1 pound cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large green onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 6 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 pinches nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper as needed

Directions

  1. In a large pot, bring lightly salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and boil for eight to ten minutes or until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, medium heat the oil, then saute the shrimp, onion, and garlic about one minute. Add the heavy cream and stir.
  3. Add the Parmesan cheese in one tablespoon at a time while stirring constantly. After all the cheese is added, mix in the parsley, salt, and pepper and stir. Simmer the sauce and stir frequently until it thickens.
  4. When sauce has thickened, combine with cooked pasta noodles; serve hot.
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