One-Pot Pasta: Shrimp Alfredo

If you’ve been on Instagram, Pinterest, or flipped through a food magazine over the past year you’ve probably come across a one-pot pasta recipe. These one pan wonders (usually) take under 30 minutes to cook from start to finish, leaving you with a tasty meal and, since it’s all made in one pot, minimal cleanup.

One-Pot Pasta: Shrimp Alfredo

One-Pot Pasta: Shrimp Alfredo

No need to pull out a stock pot or dutch oven for this one-pot shrimp alfredo. We cooked this 30 minute meal in a deep-edge skillet instead.

One-Pot Pasta: Shrimp Alfredo

In the skillet, arrange dry spaghetti in the middle of the pan. Then place frozen, cooked shrimp on one side of the pasta and frozen peas on the other.

One-Pot Pasta: Shrimp Alfredo

Pour 2 ½ cups of water over the ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes until the pasta is al dente and most of the water has evaporated.

One-Pot Pasta: Shrimp Alfredo

Add butter and stir until it’s fully melted and mixed with the other ingredients. Then stir in a cup of half-and-half and a cup (or if you’re a cheese-lover like me, a cup and a half) of grated parmesan cheese. That’s all there is to it. I guess it’s pretty easy to understand what the one-pot pasta hype is all about, after all.

One-Pot Pasta: Shrimp Alfredo

Serve this shrimp alfredo with a sprinkle of cracked black pepper, some fresh basil, and a little extra parmesan (for good measure).

One-Pot Pasta: Shrimp Alfredo

These 30 minute meals are perfect for feeding the family when you’re crunched for time and want to clear out some room in the freezer. Watch one-pot shrimp alfredo disappear from your table and smile knowing there’s only one pan to wash after dinner.

One-Pot Pasta: Shrimp Alfredo

One-Pot Pasta: Shrimp Alfredo

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  • 8 ounces spaghetti noodles
  • 1 pound frozen cooked shrimp
  • 10 ounces frozen peas
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Coarse black pepper


  1. In a large skillet, arrange dry spaghetti noodles in center of pan. Place frozen cooked shrimp on one side and frozen peas on the other. Add salt to water and pour over ingredients in skillet.
  2. Over high heat, bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-high and simmer until pasta is al dente and water has nearly evaporated, 10-15 minutes.
  3. Add butter and stir until melted. Stir in half and half and Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle with black pepper.


Serves 4

one-pot pasta shrimp alfredo

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    Good Morning Martha, I now know what I”ll be cooking this weekend. Shrimp and stuffed peppers!!! When I see a recipe I want to to make, the first thing I do is check my freezer,produce drawer and pantry. I found Gulf caught shrimp, the only kind I ever use, and three peppers(red,yellow and orange). No market trip for ingredients.makes me happy. I appreciate that your recipes are usually easily halved for 2 servings, and sometimes 1 or 2 servings for the freezer. Have a wonderful weekend Linda

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    Barbara Savino

    If you put the cooked shrimp in at the sametime as the raw pasta the shrimp will be hockey pucks by the time the pasta is done.

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