This Cajun Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo is creamy and full of spicy Cajun flavour. Serve with a side of breadsticks for an easy and delicious pasta dinner!
Fettuccine Alfredo has always been one of my favourite Italian dishes. I make it all the time! It’s become a signature dish of mine now that my family constantly begs me to cook it.
Here’s the thing, I’ve never made the Alfredo sauce from scratch before. I always used the store-bought jar of sauce, and I’m not ashamed. The pasta was made the same way this recipe is made — boiling the fettuccine, cooking the Cajun shrimp, mixing everything with the Alfredo sauce. The only difference was that all I needed to do with the sauce was heat it up on the stove instead of making it from scratch.
So this dish has 3 easy parts — the Cajun shrimp, the fettuccine and the alfredo.
Let’s start with the Cajun shrimp!
The shrimp is my favourite part about this dish. It’s extremely easy to make and only requires 5 ingredients — shrimp, olive oil, cajun seasoning, salt and pepper. Just mix all those ingredients together, then cook it on the stove until shrimp is pink.
You’re gonna end up with a lot of cajun flavoured sauce, but it may make the pasta too oily so I ended up draining it out. I ended up adding the shrimp to the alfredo sauce before the pasta, and although it washed away the beautiful browned appearance, it added a ton of delicious flavour to the alfredo sauce!
The pasta is pretty simple, of course. You can use any type of fettuccine you want, whole wheat, gluten-free etc. It must be fettuccine though, I mean it says it in the title. When boiling the pasta, you’re gonna wanna add salt and olive oil to the water. The salt boosts the flavour in the pasta and the olive oil ensures your pasta doesn’t stick together.
Now time for the creamy, flavourful and delicious Alfredo sauce. Although the shrimp is my favourite part, the sauce is the real star of this dish! Just like every other part of this recipe, the sauce is super EASY and only requires 8 simple ingredients you probably have on hand already — butter, heavy whipping cream, cream cheese, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and Parmesan.
Instead of starting with a roux, I decided to use heavy cream to thicken the sauce. The cream cheese makes the sauce extra rich and creamy, and the garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper gives the sauce a heavenly boost of flavour.
This is the easiest, quickest and tastiest comfort food. It takes less than 30 minutes to make and it makes enough to feed an entire family for less than it would be to order it from Olive Garden. You can’t go wrong! Top it with fresh parsley or extra parmesan cheese, then serve it with these Homemade Garlic Butter Breadsticks and enjoy an inexpensive Olive Garden dinner from home!
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