Creamy Shrimp Alfredo

Ooh baby did this come out good! This recipe was inspired by my creamy spinach and chicken pasta and it sure as heck won’t be my last creamy pasta recipe.

I used to make a roux from scratch for cream sauces but using evaporated milk and cornstarch is SO much easier and faster.

For a balanced meal, pair this dish with some steamed veggies or a side salad or add cooked or frozen veggies (like broccoli) right to it.

Fueling notes:

  • Shrimp are a great source of lean protein and iron
  • This recipe provides 22-30 grams of protein and 50-67 grams of carbs per serving (for 6-8 servings)
  • Eat 3-4 hours before a session as a pre-workout meal
  • For post-workout it could use some extra carbs to get you to that 3:1-4:1 ratio of carbs to protein. You could pair the pasta with garlic bread or snack on fruit after!

The Stuff

  • 1 lb pasta
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12-oz of cooked/frozen shrimp, thawed (you can also use fresh)
  • 2, 12-oz cans of evaporated milk
  • 3 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped parsley to garnish

The Steps

  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions adding 1 teaspoon of salt to the water when boiling
  2. Remove from heat once al dente, strain and rinse with cold water (to prevent overcooking)
  3. In a cold skillet, thoroughly mix cornstarch with a splash of evaporated milk till completely dissolved
  4. Add in the rest of the evaporated milk, stirring very throughly so cornstarch is well dispersed. You want to be sure there are no lumps before turning on the heat!
  5. Heat sauce over low-medium heat stirring frequently (to keep from clumping or sticking) until thick and frothy
  6. Stir in cheese, garlic powder, nutmeg and salt and pepper and continue to cook until sauce is smooth
  7. Add in the shrimp and cook until heated through
  8. Combine the sauce and cooked pasta, serve and garnish with parsley

Did you make it? I’d love to see how it turned out! Tag @climbingdietitian on instagram.

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Published by Chiara

I’m a rock climber and registered dietitian teaching fellow climbers to become the strongest and happiest versions of themselves with evidence-based fueling strategies and by making peace with food.

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