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skinny shrimp alfredo

Skinny Shrimp Alfredo Pasta Bake

This is a quick, easy and light way to eat pasta alfredo. Add the shrimp and you have a wonderful creamy pasta dish.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

Alfredo sauce

  • 2 T. unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 T. flour
  • 1 6 oz. can 2% evaporated milk
  • 1 oz. light cream cheese (or regular cream cheese)
  • 1/4 c. chicken broth (or more for taste and consistency of the sauce)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Shrimp Pasta Casserole

  • 1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined (or use frozen cooked shrimp, thaw and remove tails)
  • 2 T. olive oil (only needed if you cook the shrimp yourself)
  • 8 oz. whole wheat penne pasta (cooked according to package directions and drained well)
  • 1 14.5 oz. can petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 c. reduced fat shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 t. crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 T. grated parmesan
  • 2 T. chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Instructions

Alfredo Sauce

  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat (but watch that it doesn't get too hot).
  2. Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant. About 1-2 minutes (watch closely as it can burn).
  3. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute.
  4. Gradually whisk in milk and cook, whisking constantly until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes.
  5. Stir in cream cheese and chicken broth until smooth, about 1 minute.
  6. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Add more chicken broth if sauce becomes too thick.

Shrimp

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Place shrimp on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Add 1 T. olive oil, salt and pepper and gently toss to combine.
  5. Place into oven and roast just until pink, firm and cooked through, about 6-8 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and set aside.

Assembling and Baking

  1. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°.
  2. Lightly coat an 8x8 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. (I use a 1.5 quart oval baking dish and it fits perfectly.)
  3. In a large bowl, combine shrimp, pasta, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, red pepper flakes and alfredo sauce. (I use a big skillet for my sauce, so to save on dirty dishes, I add everything into the alfredo sauce skillet to combine.)
  4. Add pasta mixture to the baking dish and top with the parmesan cheese.
  5. Place into oven and bake until golden brown and cheese has melted, about 10 minutes.
  6. Garnish with parsley, if desired, and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Recipe from www.damndelicious.net

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