With flavor from a homemade alfredo sauce this delicious, creamy Shrimp Alfredo Bake is the perfect casserole for dinner. Topped with mozzarella cheese and baked to perfection. A quick and easy weeknight dinner that’s a winner.
Need a comfort food dish that is super easy to make? Look no further than this easy recipe for shrimp alfredo bake! With a homemade alfredo sauce and two types of cheese, this warm and gooey pasta bake is good till the very last bite.
We love Italian food around here. And once I mastered chicken gnocchi soup, I wanted to master a garlic shrimp alfredo bake. This recipe turned out so incredible it’s one of my favorite recipes and I’m so excited to share it with you! An easy “from scratch” meal that is sure to please the whole family.
Why You’ll Love Shrimp Alfredo Bake
- It only takes 40 minutes to make this incredible and easy shrimp alfredo recipe. It’s a great recipe for busy evenings when you need dinner on the table in under an hour.
- This recipe makes eight hearty servings, perfect for a large family or even a dinner party.
- Baked shrimp alfredo is a great way to affordably eat shrimp. You only need one pound for this recipe!
Ingredients for Baked Shrimp Alfredo
- Penne pasta – I like penne pasta in this recipe, but you can use a different pasta like rotini pasta if you prefer.
- Cooked shrimp – For ease in baked shrimp alfredo, buy cooked shrimp that are deveined with the tails removed. Do not use raw shrimp for this recipe unless you cook it first.
- Heavy whipping cream – Use heavy whipping cream to thicken up the delicious sauce for this alfredo bake.
- Mozzarella cheese – For the best meltability, shred your own mozzarella cheese.
- Parmesan cheese – Grab shredded parmesan cheese for more gooey and cheesy goodness! Better yet a block of fresh parmesan cheese that you grate will give you even more flavor.
- Minced garlic – Freshly minced garlic provides the best flavor to this pasta bake.
- Garlic powder – How do you make garlic shrimp alfredo bake extra garlicky? Use both fresh garlic and garlic powder, of course!
- Butter – You can use both salted and unsalted butter in this recipe. Either will work just fine.
- Italian seasoning – A little Italian seasoning gives a fresh herby flavor to this delicious shrimp bake.
- Salt and ground black pepper – Give a dash of salt and pepper to your shrimp alfredo to make it just that much more delicious!
- Parsley – Chopped fresh parsley is the perfect finishing touch.
How to Make Shrimp Alfredo Bake
Preheat your oven 375 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set it to the side.
Cook penne pasta according to package instructions, drain it, and set it aside.
In a large saucepan or skillet mix together butter and cream over medium-low heat. Whisk the ingredients together until butter is fu melted.
Bring the cream and butter to a gentle simmer and cook for 3-4 minutes until it starts to thicken. Whisk continuously while it thickens!
Stir shredded parmesan cheese into the large skillet and whisk thoroughly until the cheese melts. Then remove the cheesy mixture from the heat.
Place cooked pasta and cooked shrimp into a large bowl and pour the creamy alfredo sauce over the top. Toss until all pasta and shrimp is evenly coated.
Then pour the shrimp alfredo pasta into the previously prepared baking dish and top with Mozzarella.
Bake for 20 minutes, uncovered, until the dish is bubbly and the cheese has a slight golden brown color.
How to Store Leftover Shrimp Alfredo Bake
FRIDGE: Transfer leftovers to an airtight container, or wrap the casserole dish very tightly in plastic wrap. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 2 days.
FREEZER: Place leftovers in an airtight container and store in the freezer for up to to 2 months.
How to Reheat Leftovers
To reheat, place in the oven until bubbly. You can reheat in the microwave if you prefer, but the shrimp may get pretty tough. If the sauce is thick add a splash of milk and mix it into the leftovers.
What to Serve with Baked Shrimp Alfredo
If you want a little appetizer before eating your main dish, these fried ravioli are always a hit.
Finish off your meal with a big slice of the most moist and delicious chocolate sheet cake!
What can you substitute for heavy cream in alfredo sauce?
If you don’t have heavy cream on hand, there are a few different things you can use as a substitute. A mixture of milk, flour, and butter will thicken up and create a mixture that has a similar consistency to heavy cream. You can also use sour cream or cream cheese in place of heavy cream. Just know that the flavor will be quite different.
Can I add vegetables to my shrimp alfredo bake?
Absolutely! Broccoli is amazing when mixed in with this dish. Fresh tomatoes would also be a great addition to this easy recipe. Feel free to dice up some carrots and those into the mix too!
- Don’t over-bake this casserole or the shrimp will end up a bit tough!
- Cook the pasta al dente, according to package directions. That way it will be the perfect texture after it is baked in the oven.
- For extra flavor, salt your pasta water. This will incorporate flavor in even the noodles!
- Want a little heat? Add a dash of red pepper flakes to the pasta mixture.
- Use whole wheat pasta to make it a little healthier. When tossed with the cream sauce mixture no one will know it’s whole wheat!
- Mix together 2 Tablespoons butter and a cup of breadcrumbs and sprinkle breadcrumb mixture on the top to elevate it.
Transform pasta night this week with the most incredible alfredo recipe. You won’t be disappointed!
More Pasta Bake Recipes You’ll Love
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- Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole is the comfort food pasta bake that everyone should have in their arsenal of recipes.
- Stuffed Shells may look hard to make, but it’s actually pretty easy. And man are they delicious!
- Make Cheeseburger Casserole when you want a hearty dish that is loaded with cheese.
- 16 ounces penne pasta cooked according to package directions
- 1 cup Mozzarella cheese shredded
- 1 pound cooked shrimp peeled, deveined, and tails removed (about 20-25 pieces)
- chopped fresh parsley optional
- ½ cup butter cut into large cubes
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Coat a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a saucepan or skillet add the butter and cream. Turn to medium-low heat. Whisk until the butter is completely melted.
- Add the minced garlic, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper to the skillet. Whisk until combined.
- Bring to a gentle simmer, making sure not to boil and cook 3-4 minutes or until it starts to thicken. Whisk constantly.
- Stir in Parmesan cheese and whisk until melted. Remove from heat.
- Place the cooked pasta and cooked shrimp in a large bowl. Pour the alfredo sauce over the top and stir until coated.
- Pour the pasta mixture into the prepared pan and top with shredded Mozzarella cheese.
- Place in a preheated oven and bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until pasta is bubbly and cheese has just started to brown.
- Sprinkle chopped fresh parsley on top of casserole if desired.