Tuesday, April 29, 2014


This pasta looks and tastes super fancy, but you can get it on the table in less than 30 minutes.  Pasta, creamy spicy Alfredo sauce, and crispy flavorful shrimp.  So simple, yet so amazing.  This recipe was inspired by Kevin and Amanda's Crispy Shrimp Pasta.  Their version uses heavy cream and fettuccine, but I wanted to make a dairy friendly dinner.  I used my favorite alfredo sauce mix and made it with Lactaid milk.  The original recipe serves two, but this modified version will serve four.

Simply season shrimp with salt and pepper, then coat with two tablespoons flour.  Saute in butter and olive oil until lightly browned on both sides, about 6 minutes total.  Remove to a plate and prepare the sauce in the same skillet.

Meanwhile, cook pasta until al dente.

Fun shapes are more delicious.  Scientific fact!
Season alfredo sauce with your favorite cajun seasoning.  Or seasonings.  I have two faves, and I don't want either of them to have hurt feelings, so I use both!  Season safely at first and taste as you go, since most cajun seasonings are very salty.  Remember: you can always add more, but you can't take any out!

Drain pasta and add to skillet with shrimp.  Mix to combine and enjoy!


1 lb raw shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed
1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 lb (8 ounces) pasta
1 packet Knorr Alfredo Sauce + required milk (or 1 3/4 cups prepared Alfredo)
Cajun seasoning to taste

Cook pasta according to package directions.  In a large bowl, season the shrimp with coarse kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.  Toss shrimp to evenly season.  Sprinkle on 1 tablespoon flour, then gently stir to coat.  Add the second tablespoon and stir.  Melt butter and olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium high heat, then add shrimp in a single layer.  Cook for 2-3 minutes, until lightly brown.  Flip and cook for 2-3 more minutes, until shrimp are crispy.  Do not overcook!  Remove to plate and cover with foil to keep warm.  Add packet of Alfredo seasoning and milk.  Follow package directions to prepare.  When sauce is thickened and done, add a couple shakes of Cajun seasoning.  Taste and add more if necessary.  Add drained pasta and shrimp to skillet, stir to combine.  Serve immediately.

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