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CREAMY SHRIMP PASTA WITH MUSHROOMS

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CREAMY SHRIMP PASTA WITH MUSHROOMS

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PREP TIME: 15 MINS | COOK TIME: 15 MINS | TOTAL TIME: 30 MINS | SERVINGS: 4

My husband is a fan of white pasta sauce. I, on the other hand, prefer red sauce pasta, but, I can always make an exception for this delicious creamy shrimp pasta with mushrooms! Al dente pasta with shrimp and mushroom in a homemade Alfredo sauce made with Parmesan and Mozzarella cheese, garlic, basil, crushed red pepper flakes, and paprika. This is a must-try and for keeps!

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil

1 pound shrimp (10 big shrimp or 20 small shrimp without shells, deveined)

8 ounces mushrooms thinly sliced

8 ounces fettuccine pasta (for a gluten-free version, use gluten-free brown rice pasta)

½ c. cooked pasta water (optional)

3 garlic cloves minced

¼ tsp paprika

¼ tsp dried basil

1 c. half and half

½ c. Mozzarella cheese shredded

½ c. Parmesan cheese shredded

¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp red pepper flakes

How to make Creamy Shrimp Pasta with Mushrooms

Step 1: Following the package directions, cook the pasta. Drain when done, setting some of the pasta water aside.

Step 2: Into a hot large skillet, add 2 tbsp olive oil and quickly add the garlic and shrimp. Cook the first side for a minute over medium-high heat until pink. Turn the shrimp on the other side and sprinkle over the dry basil, paprika, crushed red pepper flakes, and salt. Continue to cook for an additional 1 to 2 minutes, stirring often, until the shrimp turned pink.

Step 3: Set the shrimp aside when done.

Step 4: Add the sliced mushroom to the now-empty skillet, then drizzle more olive oil if needed. Cook the mushroom for about 2 minutes over medium-high heat, stirring often, until the mushroom is soft and the juices released. Midway through cooking, sprinkle the mushroom with a little amount of salt.

To make the creamy sauce:

Step 5: Add the cooked shrimp to the skillet with mushroom and quickly add a cup of half-and-half. Bring everything to a boil, then add half a cup of the cheese. Let the mixture boil, then adjust the heat to a medium-simmer. Continue to cook, stirring until the cheese has melted.

Step 6: While stirring, slowly add in the rest of the cheese. Note to add just enough cheese until you get your desired consistency. Take the skillet off the heat and season with extra salt, if needed.

Step 7: Now, add the pasta to the shrimp mushrooms and cream sauce. Adjust the heat to medium and stir well.

Step 8: In small amounts, add some of the pasta water to thin out the cream sauce. Do this while simmering the sauce over low-medium heat. If desired, season with more salt, crushed red pepper flakes, and basil.

Nutrition Facts:

Amount per Serving: Calories 571, Fat 22g 34%, Saturated Fat 9g 56%, Cholesterol 327mg 109%, Sodium 1349mg 59%, Potassium 507mg 14%, Carbohydrates 48g 16%, Fiber 2g 8%, Sugar 3g 3%, Protein 41g 82%, Vitamin A 505IU 10%, Vitamin C 7.1mg 9%, Calcium 463mg 46%, Iron 3.7mg 21%

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