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A white plate with alfredo spaghetti with prawns and fresh parsley
Prawn Alfredo Pasta
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins

20 Minute Shrimp/Prawn Alfredo Pasta, a delicious dinner recipe. Creamy, garlicky, ridiculously easy to make, this dish is the perfect comfort food no matter the season. Also, a fabulous midweek dinner recipe if you are looking for a romantic meal this Valentine's Day.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: meals for two
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 369 kcal
Author: Daniela Apostol
  • ¼ packet spaghetti
  • 1 cup raw king prawns
  • ½ cup double / heavy cream
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  1. Cook the spaghetti according to the packet instructions.

  2. When it's cooked, reserve two tablespoons of water, then drain the rest, but don't rinse the pasta.

  3. Melt the butter in a pan over a medium heat, add the chopped garlic, and cook for about 30 seconds, then add the prawns and cook for about 1-2 minutes on each side, until it turns pink.

  4. Remove the prawns from the pan, add the two tablespoons of water and the cream, and bring to a boil.

  5. Add the pasta to the pan, together with the parmesan, cooked prawns, and season with salt and pepper. Toss well.

  6. Garnish with freshly-chopped parsley.

  7. Serve hot.

Recipe Notes

You can season the shrimp before adding it to the pan, some garlic granules or a bit of chilli are a nice choice, but otherwise, just salt and pepper will do.

I don't usually cook with wine, but if you do, you can add a splash of white whine to the pan before adding the cream, although the dish is absolutely beautiful without it too.

The parmesan gives a nice flavour, and cuts the richness of the cream and butter, so you use it. If you don't have parmesan, choose any other strong-flavoured hard cheese, for that extra sharpness.

Nutrition Facts
Prawn Alfredo Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 369 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Fat 35g54%
Saturated Fat 21g105%
Cholesterol 197mg66%
Sodium 597mg25%
Potassium 109mg3%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 1595IU32%
Vitamin C 7.8mg9%
Calcium 154mg15%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.