Who didn't love pasta night growing up as a kid? I certainly did. It didn't matter if it was pesto pasta, chicken alfredo, spaghetti and meatballs, garlic butter pasta, or baked cheesy spaghetti, I was all over it!
But then you tell me we're going to Olive Garden for family dinner and it magically becomes all about the fresh garlic breadsticks...
Anyway, my point is that no one complained when my mom prepared some sort of pasta dish for dinner.
Little did my immature tastebuds know that taking the time to make each pasta sauce from scratch made all the difference!
As wonderful as "instant alfredo" is (I'm looking at you, jar of overly salted alfredo sauce!) for busy moms and unknowing children, I'm here to tell you that homemade alfredo sauce is not only next level, it's the best!
I'm also here to prove that you can have your pasta full of carbs and creamy goodness and eat it too.
This Healthy Homemade Shrimp Alfredo Pasta is the definition of "healthy comfort food" and it will impress anyone who sits at your table!
Of course! While I absolutely love shrimp, I know it's not everyone's jam, so feel free to swap in grilled chicken, seared salmon, crispy tofu, or go vegetarian!
Any long-strand pasta will work with this alfredo sauce recipe. I haven't tried penne, rotini, or other small noodles, but I don't think the sauce will mix as well. Be sure to leave a comment below if you try a different pasta!
Easily! My absolute favorite gluten-free pasta is Ancient Harvest (not sponsored) because they have veggie and protein options as well with all of their gluten-free selections. Check out all of their pastas here! You can also try using low-carb veggie options like zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash for a boost of veggies!
While I have not experimented with dairy-free ingredients, I'm sure you could make it work. Simply use your favorite dairy-free butter, milk, and parmesan cheese.
Note: I cannot guarantee the flavor or texture of these substitutions will be exactly the same as the original recipe.
I recommend a heaping serving of your favorite green vegetables like green beans, peas, or broccoli, as well as a fresh dinner roll! Check out my recipe for easy 90-Minute Dinner Rolls on the blog!
If you love pasta nights as much as my family does, be sure to also check out these incredible recipes for easy weeknight Italian dinners:
When you try this recipe, be sure to leave a star rating and review below so I and other readers know how you liked it! You can also tag me on Instagram @kapaicooking to show me the finished product! I know you'll love this healthy twist on a classic fettuccine alfredo. Enjoy!
This Healthy Homemade Shrimp Alfredo Pasta is easy to make, family-friendly, and rich with flavor. The alfredo sauce is made without heavy cream and the pasta is topped with juicy garlic butter shrimp. It's the ultimate comfort food, but healthy!
*See blog post for detailed notes about this step.
**See blog post for detailed notes about the shrimp.
Nutrition facts are a calculated estimate of 1/4 of all prepared food. To get a correct serving, combine the noodles with the alfredo sauce, divide into four equal portions, then top with 1/4 of the cooked shrimp (4 oz raw).
Serving: 1/4 alfredo / Calories: 445 / Fat: 11.3g / Saturated Fat: 4.2g / Carbohydrates: 50.1g / Fiber: 2.5g / Sugar: 5.8g / Protein: 36.4g
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