Creamy Shrimp, Garlic Skillet

Found this easy 30 minute recipe that was a nice easy quick dinner with things that we largely keep in our pantry. It could use some fresh herb finish for some brightness.

Creamy, Garlicky Shrimp Skillet

This super-quick and indulgent weeknight dinner takes a slight left turn from the standard fettuccine Alfredo. Red peppers and paprika transform it from expected to spectacular.
Course Dinner
Keyword Shrimp
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4


  • Kosher salt
  • 12 ounces fettucine
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • One 12-ounce jar roasted red peppers drained and sliced in 1/2-inch-thick strips
  • 1 teaspoon sweet or smoked paprika
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 pound medium peeled and deveined shrimp tails removed
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon fresh flat-leaf parsley chopped


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the package instructions for al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in the garlic, red peppers and paprika and cook, stirring occasionally, until the peppers are heated through and the butter is fragrant and vibrant red, about 2 minutes. Add the cream and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Add the shrimp and cook until they are firm and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add the cooked pasta, Parmesan and 1 teaspoon salt and toss until well coated (see Cook’s Note). Sprinkle with parsley.
  4. Cook’s Note
  5. Don’t worry if it seems like there is too much sauce. As soon as everything is tossed together, the sauce will start to cling to the pasta and thicken before your eyes.

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