Shrimp Fettucine

30 min.
This delicious recipe for shrimp fettuccine alfredo is incredibly easy. It uses rich cooking cream to create a tasty alfredo sauce with cheese, garlic, and basil pesto to coat the perfectly cooked fettuccine pasta. Served with fresh basil and grated nutmeg, this Italian-inspired, creamy shrimp fettuccine alfredo is sure to impress and delight family and guests this Ramadan.


4 portions



Since you will simmer the sauce after adding the fettuccine, only cook it until al dente in boiling water. If you boil it for too long and then add it to the alfredo sauce for simmering, it might become mushy.

It is important to add the cheese slowly. If you do it too quickly, the sauce might turn lumpy. You should also be careful not to add cheese when the sauce is too hot; add it only on low heat or the cheese might not melt properly and cause lumps in the sauce.

Questions about shrimp fettuccine alfredo

With our easy shrimp fettuccine recipe in your repertoire, you always have a quick mouth-watering recipe for iftar that everyone will love. To learn more about shrimp fettuccine alfredo, keep reading below.
What is an alfredo sauce?

An alfredo sauce is a creamy, white sauce with a smooth consistency. Though it was originally made only with emulsified butter and Parmesan cheese, many modern recipes call for the use of cream to give it the rich texture and taste for which it is known. Some recipes may also suggest thickening it with eggs or starch. Many enjoy flavouring the white sauce with aromatics like garlic, other types of cheese, or pesto. The white sauce is perfect for homemade shrimp fettuccine alfredo and many other pasta dishes with vegetables and light meat.

How to make shrimp fettuccine alfredo?

Lemon-infused, grilled shrimp fettuccine with alfredo sauce makes for a flavourful, creamy meal. To prepare it, clean, wash, drain, and season the shrimp with lemon juice and zest. As you cook them in a large skillet, also cook the fettuccine in salted water. When the shrimp are done, remove them from the skillet and sauté the garlic in butter. Add first the pesto, then cream, and finally cheese. Whisk well until it has melted to create a rich alfredo sauce. Season it and add the shrimp and fettuccine to coat them with the sauce. Serve with grated nutmeg and fresh basil.

What cheese is used in shrimp fettuccine alfredo?

Traditionally, alfredo sauce was made only with Parmesan cheese. However, unlike most recipes for shrimp fettuccine alfredo, we have chosen to use both Parmesan and Emmental cheese. The combination of the salty, crumbly Italian cheese and the buttery, nutty-tasting Swiss cheese makes for a thick, tasty sauce with a rich well-rounded flavour with plenty of savoury goodness as well as hints of milky sweetness. An extra cheesy alfredo sauce is, as such, perfect for this fragrant lemon garlic shrimp fettuccine alfredo with pesto.

Can you freeze shrimp fettuccine alfredo?

Sadly, alfredo fettuccine with shrimp does not freeze well. Like other creamy sauces, this alfredo sauce will be prone to splitting, so we do not recommend freezing it, and we do not recommend freezing cooked fettuccine either as it will almost always be mushy after thawing. However, cooked shrimp may be frozen for 3-6 months. Let them cool completely, pat them dry, and store them in freezer bags or airtight containers.

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Creamy shrimp fettuccine alfredo

An easy shrimp fettuccine alfredo makes for a wonderful iftar meal. The creamy and cheesy pasta dish is incredibly delectable and filling. Made with grilled shrimp, vibrant basil pesto, and both parmesan and Emmental cheese, our seafood take on a classic Italian pasta alfredo is packed with fresh and savoury flavours that create a dish that will appeal to adults and children alike. Garnishing it with fresh basil leaves and freshly grated nutmeg both brightens and accentuates its warming, nutty qualities.

Classic white sauce with cheese and garlic

Alfredo sauce is a white, Italian sauce, traditionally made only with butter and emulsified Parmesan cheese and used to make pasta alfredo. Though it is thick, it is velvety smooth.

To make the classic even creamier and richer, we suggest adding cream to your creamy garlic shrimp fettuccine alfredo sauce. Made with two different kinds of cheese, namely Emmental and parmesan, garlic, and pesto, this simple sauce is taken to new heights. Its complex flavour profile has creamy, buttery, savoury, and sweet notes that come together to create the perfect pasta sauce.

Serve a tasty, flavourful, two-cheese shrimp fettuccine with pesto

Flat pasta types like fettuccine and tagliatelle are great for dishes with hearty, creamy sauces. The larger pasta surface makes it easier for the delicious basil pesto alfredo sauce to coat and stick to it. This classic pesto gives the normally white sauce a green tint as well as herbaceous, nutty, salty, and peppery notes. These notes perfectly accentuate the flavour of the two kinds of cheese used in this cheesy shrimp fettuccine alfredo. Salty parmesan and nutty Emmental serve to thicken the sauce and make it full of savoury goodness.

Has our basil pesto shrimp fettuccine alfredo put you in the mood for more Italian-inspired dishes for iftar? Have a look at our quick and easy recipes for Margherita pizza, Italian chicken soup, and tiramisu with yoghurt and cream.

Add your own touch

Though most kinds of pesto are made with savoury, salty cheese, rich olive oil, and a squeeze of acidic lemon juice, they may be made with a range of different herbs, spices, and vegetables. Playing around with the pesto used for this garlic shrimp fettuccine alfredo is an easy way to mix it up.

For a spicy shrimp fettuccine alfredo, you could try a sweet-spicy, red pesto with sun-dried tomatoes, toasted pine nuts, and fresh chilli pepper. A fresh, peppery one made with parsley will also be well suited to a seafood pasta dish like this one. Garnish with fresh parsley leaves to mirror the brightness that specific pesto gives the sauce.

To bring forward the citrussy flavour of this lemon shrimp fettuccine alfredo, select a zesty pesto and lemon forward. Experiment with adding different types of homemade or storebought pesto to your list of ingredients for shrimp fettuccine alfredo to discover the very best shrimp fettuccine alfredo recipe for your family and guests.

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