Brad’s Fast Shrimp and Pasta with Cream Sauce

A recipe by Brad Muir
Serves 4

My wife and I are out on the West coast visiting our youngest son (our middle son came up to visit from San Francisco) and we decided to have some shrimp and pasta for dinner. Off we went to the store to get the ingredients.
This recipe is one my middle son, Brad, developed in San Francisco. It is fast, easy, and tasty all at the same time. And, you do not have to slave over a hot stove.
Basically it uses frozen shrimp (pretty much the only way to buy shrimp unless you live next to a shrimp boat, but that’s another story), a jar of Alfredo sauce, and some pasta. There are some alteration to the ingredients and there are lots of variations you can make to this recipe. Check out some of the addition and variations at the end of the recipe.
This is another of those “open a jar” recipes, but speed and taste win over slaving over a stove.
This recipe is easily doubled or upped b y one and a half to fit the number of people you are feeding. And, it’s a good recipe to have in your back pocket when friends or family show up unexpectedly.

Recipe follows.

Brad’s Fast Shrimp and Pasta with Cream Sauce

1 pound frozen shrimp
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper
1 jar Alfredo sauce
1/2 cup milk
1 pound pasta (spaghetti, linguine, etc.)
1/2 onion chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped


  1. Thaw shrimp in cold running water for 10 minutes.
    If needed, peal and devien shrimp; take the tails off, too. If you can find pealed shrimp
  2. that are not too expensive, this dish goes even faster.
  3. Rinse shrimp off and dry with a clean dish towel.
  4. Place shrimp in a medium bowl and toss with olive oil and a little salt and pepper.
  5. Add some olive oil to a fry pan and saute shrimp over high heat until just cooked about
  6. four minutes. Alternatively, you can grill the shrimp on a hot grill for about 2 minutes on a side.
  7. Set shrimp aside.
  8. Melt butter in the bottom of a medium sauce pan and saute the onions until they are just softened, about four to five minutes.
  9. Add the Alfredo sauce and milk and heat slowly until very hot.
  10. Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water according to direction on the package (usually six to nine minutes).
  11. While the pasta is cooking, add the shrimp to the sauce and heat through.
  12. When the pasta is just done, drain it and return it to the pot.
  13. Add the sauce and shrimp; toss to combine well.
  14. Add chopped basil and serve hot.

1 Response to “Brad’s Fast Shrimp and Pasta with Cream Sauce”

  1. 1 mrred April 21, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Love this blog I’ll be back when I have more time.

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