Imagine this: you take a bite of al dente-cooked fettuccine pasta, and immediately your mouth is filled with the flavor of toasted garlic and the light, fruity flavor of olive oil. As you savor these flavors, you spear your fork into a piece of shrimp and give that a bite, too. Out bursts the mellow sweetness of the perfectly seasoned crustacean, soft and full of that unique seafood flavor.
It’s already delicious right? What if we told you that you could make that amazing bite even tastier with just one tweak?
A simple way to make any fettuccine recipe more indulgent is by simply adding cooking cream. While fettuccine with shrimp and garlic already packs quite a flavorful punch, the addition of cream not only adds another dimension to the dish’s flavor profile but also expands the rich flavors of the garlic and shrimp.
For this recipe, you may use any kind of cooking cream. You can easily find this in the dairy section of your local supermarket, usually in the refrigerated section. Sometimes, it might be labeled as whip cream or whipping cream. Alternatively, you could also use all-purpose cream.
How To Make A Creamy Garlic Shrimp Pasta Recipe Even Better
If you want to make your creamy garlic shrimp fettuccine even richer, you can also replace part or all of the olive oil with butter. This will give your fettuccine pasta a more luscious flavor.
You can also add 1 to 2 tablespoons of sour cream or Greek yogurt to add just a bit of tang! If you enjoy a stronger kick of tang, you can serve the creamy garlic shrimp fettuccine with a sliver of lemon. A small drop of lemon juice before you take a bite will go a long way.
This fettuccine recipe features shrimp but depending on your preference, you could replace it with other seafood like scallops, mussels, squid, or fish. If you want fettuccine with a seafood theme, you could even do a combination of the above. Chicken can also work as its main protein!
This quick and easy creamy garlic shrimp fettuccine recipe is great for any occasion. You can wow your date and pair it with your favorite white wine on a romantic date night for two. It’s also easy to scale up for bigger groups! For example, both kids and adults alike are sure to enjoy this fettuccine recipe at your next reunion, or you can show off your cooking skills and double up the recipe for your next big barkada reunion. If you’re taking that much-needed self-care break, keep a pack of frozen peeled shrimps in your freezer so you can easily put this dish together without too much effort. This is perfect for nights you don’t want to work too hard but still serve a fabulous dish for yourself. Plus, you get to keep the leftovers!
Creamy Garlic Shrimp Fettuccine Recipe
Creamy Garlic Shrimp Fettuccine Ingredients
- 1/2 kilo fettuccine
- 1/2 Cup olive oil
- 250 Grams shrimps peeled
- 1 bulb Garlic peeled, chopped
- 1 Cup cooking cream
- salt and ground black pepper to taste
- water as needed
- In a stockpot over medium to high heat, cook pasta in boiling water for 7 to 8 minutes, or until al dente. Drain, reserving about 1/2 cup pasta water for the sauce. Keep warm.
- Meanwhile, in a large nonstick pan over medium-low heat, saute chopped garlic in olive oil until aromatic. Add shrimp and cook until pink.
- Add then stir in cream, and season sauce with salt and pepper to taste.
- Place cooked pasta into the pan with the sauce, and toss together with the sauce until coated. Add reserved pasta water as needed.
- To serve, plate pasta and top with grated parmesan cheese, parsley, or a lemon garnish if desired.