Sunday, August 15, 2021

Olive Garden Shrimp Alfredo Recipe

Olive Garden Shrimp Alfredo combines tender bites of pasta and seafood in a rich, velvety sauce. Make it yourself right in your own kitchen!

A busy day shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying a delicious home cooked meal. Not only is this shrimp Alfredo easy to throw together, but it’s ready in about 15 minutes!

Plus, you can easily double the recipe for a large family or entertaining guests without breaking the bank from eating out.

Looking for more quick and easy seafood meals? Try my lemon garlic or Cajun pasta shrimp dishes. Both are bursting with flavor and only require one pan to make.

I also have copycat recipes for Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana - both a stovetop and Instant Pot version - that you can enjoy without ever leaving the house!

Olive Garden Shrimp Alfredo Recipe forkful of pasta and shrimp

How To Make Olive Garden Shrimp Alfredo

  • Cook the fettuccine according to the package directions.
  • Saute the shellfish in butter and garlic until they are no longer translucent, then transfer to a bowl.
  • In the same pan, whisk together the sauce until smooth. It’s ready once it coats the back of a spoon and will continue to thicken as it cools.
  • Toss with the noodles and serve your alfredo pasta with shrimp and parsley on top!

shrimp alfredo recipe ingredients on a board

Serving Suggestions

You can’t go wrong with a starter of the famous restaurant salad! It’s easy to prepare at home with simple, fresh ingredients.

Because this Olive Garden shrimp alfredo is rich and filling on its own, it doesn’t need more than some garlic bread or a side of steamed vegetables.

alfredo pasta with shrimp - cooked shrimp in a skillet

Tips and Tricks

  • Don’t forget to salt the water! Such a simple step makes a big impact on the flavor of this dish. 
  • Rinse the shrimp. Run them under cool water and pat dry with a paper towel. If you will be peeling and deveining them yourself (find instructions here), rinse both before and after.
  • Work in batches. The seafood should be cooked quickly in sizzling butter for maximum tenderness. Do so by dropping in a handful at a time so the pan isn’t overcrowded.
  • Use full fat dairy. This prevents curdling and helps the sauce stay silky smooth.
  • Want to save some time? Use pre-cooked shellfish instead! Saute them in butter and garlic just long enough for them to warm through so they don’t become tough.

olive garden shrimp alfredo sauce being started in a skillet

Kitchen Tools You Will Need

  • Wide Skillet - To help everything cook evenly, use one that is at least 10 inches in diameter.
  • Large Pot and Strainer for the pasta
  • Whisk - These have held up for over 10 years and are still as good as the day I bought them. 

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

Should I leave the tails on or take them off?

This is really a matter of preference, so either way is fine. Tails on creates a lovely presentation, but removing them in advance makes it easier to dig right in.

olive garden shrimp alfredo - pasta and sauce in a skillet

Can I use pre-cooked shrimp instead?

Sure! You will need to skip the saute step step where you cook them in the pan since you don’t want them to become tough.

Instead, saute them in butter and garlic just long enough for them to warm through.

How long does alfredo pasta with shrimp last in the fridge?

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in a pan on the stove with a splash of milk as needed for moisture.


shrimp alfredo recipe finished recipe in a skillet

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olive garden shrimp alfredo fork full

Yield: 6
Author: Donna Elick
Olive Garden Shrimp Alfredo Recipe

Olive Garden Shrimp Alfredo Recipe

Olive Garden shrimp alfredo combines tender bites of pasta and seafood in a rich, velvety sauce. Make it yourself right in your own kitchen!
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 15 MinTotal time: 20 Min


  • 8 ounce fettuccine noodles
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, divided
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced and divided
  • 1 pound large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined (size 21/25 used here)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, sliced and softened
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Fresh parsley (for garnish)


  1. Bring a large pot of water plus 1 tablespoon of sea salt to a boil over high heat. Add the fettuccine noodles to the pot and cook to desired tenderness. Drain the pasta and keep warm.
  2. In the meantime, heat 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 minced garlic cloves over medium heat in a saute pan. Add shrimp to the saute pan, in batches if needed, and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side. Shrimp are done as soon as they turn pink and opaque. Do not overcook. Remove shrimp from pan and set aside; keep warm.
  3. Wipe excess bits of garlic and shrimp from the saute pan.
  4. Add the remaining butter and garlic to the pan and return heat to medium. Saute for about 30 seconds until fragrant.
  5. Add cream cheese to the butter mixture, whisking until the cream cheese melts and begins incorporating into the butter.
  6. Continue whisking while pouring in the heavy cream and the milk. Whisk until smooth; continue cooking sauce over medium heat.
  7. Add half of the parmesan cheese, whisk until it melts, then add the remaining cheese. Add the oregano and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  8. Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat until sauce thickens slightly (about 3-4 minutes.)
  9. Add the drained pasta to the sauce and stir gently to coat the noodles. Serve, topped with warm shrimp and chopped parsley.

Olive Garden Shrimp Alfredo Recipe Closeup

Originally published August 2021

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1 comment:

  1. I do not have milk only Heavy Cream and Half and Half?????


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