This Shrimp and Broccoli Alfredo dish combines all the best things about al dente pasta, creamy, cheesy alfredo sauce, delicious, buttery shrimp, and hearty broccoli all in one pot, for an easy weekday meal that’s done in just 30 minutes!
If you love pasta dishes, then you’ll also want to try my Shrimp Pad Thai with Peanut Sauce, my Creamy Italian Spaghetti Pasta Salad or my Kung Pao Noodles.
Isn’t shrimp just the best, most easiest seafood protein to make and put into just about anything and everything? I do not tire of coming up with ways to use shrimp in my recipes. They are easy to purchase, thaw quickly, and cook up fast. Plus they taste just so darn good, I cannot stay away!
When I was thinking about what kind of pasta dishes I could make with shrimp, broccoli alfredo immediately came to mind. What’s not to love about all of the cheese and creamy goodness of alfredo sauce, plus a bit of broccoli for color and nutrition, then of course the shrimp because I feel like it’s a bit unexpected, yet goes so well together with the other ingredients…I can’t even believe I haven’t made this dish yet!
1 pound medium or large shrimp – peeled and deveined, tails removed if desired
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cups broccoli florets
¼ cup water
8 ounces medium pasta shells – boiled until tender and drained
3 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons flour
3 cups whole milk or half n half – for a richer sauce, sub one cup of heavy cream
⅔ cup shredded parmesan cheese
1-2 teaspoons salt – to taste
½ teaspoon cracked black pepper – or ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
additional grated parmesan cheese for topping
Drizzle oil in a large (2-inch deep) skillet over medium heat. Add shrimp and saute for 4-6 minutes until opaque and cooked through. Transfer to a dish and cover to keep warm.
Add broccoli and water to the pan, cover and cook 4-6 minutes until broccoli is fork-tender. Drain any remaining liquid and set broccoli aside with the shrimp.
Add butter to the pan (still over medium heat). Once melted, stir in garlic until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Sprinkle flour over melted butter and stir to combine.
Gradually whisk in milk until incorporated and smooth.
Stir in cheese, salt, and pepper until cheese is completely melted and incorporated. Taste, add more salt and pepper if needed.
Stir in cooked pasta shells, shrimp, and broccoli. Top with additional parmesan cheese and serve.
Calories: 503 kcal, Carbohydrates: 60 g, Protein: 23 g, Fat: 19 g, Saturated Fat: 8 g, Cholesterol: 38 mg, Sodium: 965 mg, Potassium: 631 mg, Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 13 g, Vitamin A: 885 IU, Vitamin C: 61 mg, Calcium: 455 mg, Iron: 2 mg