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Creamy Shrimp Pasta with Mushrooms

Creamy Shrimp Pasta with Mushrooms in a homemade alfredo sauce.  The creamy pasta sauce is made with Parmesan and Mozzarella cheese, garlic, basil, crushed red pepper flakes, paprika.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 571 kcal
Author Julia


  • 8 oz fettuccine pasta (for gluten free version, use gluten free brown rice pasta)
  • 1/2 cup cooked pasta water (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb shrimp (10 big shrimp or 20 small shrimp without shells, deveined)
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 8 oz mushrooms thinly sliced
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese shredded


Cook pasta

  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain. Reserve some of the pasta water.  

How to cook shrimp

  1. Heat a large skillet until hot - add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and immediately add garlic and shrimp.  

  2. Cook on one side for about 1 minute until pink, on medium-high heat. 

  3. Flip the shrimp to the other side.  Sprinkle the top of the cooked side of shrimp with dry basil, paprika, crushed red pepper flakes, and salt.  Cook for another 1-2 minutes, occasionally stirring, until shrimp is pink on both sides. 

  4. Remove the shrimp from the skillet. If shrimp is a little undercooked - it's OK because you will continue cooking it in the sauce.

How to cook mushrooms

  1. To the same, now empty, skillet, add sliced mushrooms. Add more olive oil if necessary. 

  2. Cook on medium-high heat for about 2 minutes, occasionally stirring, until mushrooms become soft and release juices. Sprinkle with a small amount of salt midway through cooking.

How to make creamy sauce

  1. To the skillet with mushrooms, add cooked shrimp. Immediately add 1 cup half-and-half.  Bring to boil.

  2. Add half the cheese (1/2 cup).   Bring to boil, and immediately reduce to medium-simmer.  Cook, constantly stirring, until the cheese melts.  

  3. Gradually start adding the remaining cheese (1/2 cup), while stirring. Do not add all of the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese at once. Add just enough for the sauce to get creamy without getting too thick. You might not use all of the remaining cheese. 

  4. Remove from heat. Taste, and add more salt if needed.

  5. Add cooked and drained pasta from step 1 to the skillet with shrimp and mushrooms and cream sauce.  Reheat on medium heat.  Stir well. 

  6. If the cream sauce is too thick and you want it thinner - add some pasta water in small amounts to the cream sauce (while the sauce is simmering on low-medium heat) until you reach desired consistency. 

  7. Season with more salt and add more crushed red pepper flakes and basil, if desired.

Recipe Notes

What is half-and-half?

Here is what to do to substitute for 1 cup of half-and-half:  combine 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup heavy cream.

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Shrimp Pasta with Mushrooms
Amount Per Serving
Calories 571 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 327mg109%
Sodium 1349mg59%
Potassium 507mg14%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 41g82%
Vitamin A 505IU10%
Vitamin C 7.1mg9%
Calcium 463mg46%
Iron 3.7mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.