Parmesan Cream Shrimp Pasta

Shrimp was on sale this week! If you know me and have followed this blog for a while, you know that it is my favorite protein in the world. So I snapped it up immediately and got to work on this brand new recipe. It combines my first and second loves when it comes to food; pasta and shrimp. Since it has still been miserable weather here lately, I was craving comfort food again. I decided to toss it with fluffy sweet potato gnocchi and a decadent parmesan cream sauce. This parmesan cream shrimp pasta was simple and so quick, which also made it ideal for our busy weeknights!

I cooked those glorious shrimp first in a little olive oil. They only took about 3-4 minutes to become perfectly pink. I also added lots of garlic, shallot, lemon zest, seasoning and white wine for loads of flavor.
When I removed the shrimp, there was still a luxurious flavor base there for the sauce. It came together really quickly in not even 5 minutes. The flour and butter formed a thick roux before I whisked in chicken stock, decadent half and half and lots of parmesan. It was such a gorgeous, comforting parmesan cream sauce!
Once the sauce was done, I just added the shrimp back in along with the sweet potato gnocchi I boiled and tossed it all together well. That was all there was to this amazing parmesan cream shrimp pasta! I had it on the table so quickly.

Oh my goodness, this really was my perfect dream dinner. There was so much flavor and texture going on. The tender shrimp and pillowy gnocchi worked so well together in that basically sinful sauce. It’s very similar to a sauce my Nana Lulu made for me growing up since northern Italians love their cream sauce. I may have to add some extra gym time, but eating it was worth it, ha! Hope you all love it too. xoxo

Parmesan Cream Shrimp Pasta
Parmesan Cream Shrimp Pasta
5 from 3 votes
Parmesan Cream Shrimp Pasta
Parmesan Cream Shrimp Pasta
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

This is such an incredible, simple and quick parmesan cream shrimp pasta with a luscious sauce, succulent jumbo shrimp and fluffy sweet potato gnocchi all tossed together. Best of all, it only takes 20 minutes! 

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Cream Sauce, Pasta, Shrimp
Servings: 4
Calories: 592 kcal
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
  • 1 pound sweet potato gnocchi
  • 1 dash olive oil
  • 1.5 pounds jumbo shrimp peeled and deveined, tails removed
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 whole shallot minced
  • 1/2 a lemon zested
  • 1/2 teaspoon old bay seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon white wine
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  1. First, get a big pot of water on the stove and bring it to a boil for the gnocchi. Salt it generously. Once it is boiling, the gnocchi should only take about 2-3 minutes to cook until tender. Drain them and set aside. While they cook, get out a large skillet with deep sides and heat the olive oil in it over medium high heat. Add the shrimp and let them cook until pink and opaque for about 3 minutes. While they cook, also add in the garlic, shallot, lemon zest, old bay, dried tarragon, salt and white wine. Then use a slotted spoon to remove the shrimp to a plate and set aside.

  2. Add the butter to the same skillet and let it start to melt. Whisk in the flour until it starts to thicken and become golden. Continue to whisk while you slowly pour in the chicken stock. Let this bubble and thicken for not even a minute while you continue to whisk it. Then slowly pour in the half and half and parmesan while you keep whisking. The sauce should be thick and creamy. Add the gnocchi and shrimp back in to warm them up and toss it all together thoroughly. Serve immediately and enjoy! 

Nutrition Facts
Parmesan Cream Shrimp Pasta
Amount Per Serving (2 cups)
Calories 592 Calories from Fat 212
% Daily Value*
Fat 23.6g36%
Saturated Fat 14.4g90%
Cholesterol 415mg138%
Sodium 3289mg143%
Carbohydrates 42.3g14%
Fiber 3.2g13%
Sugar 3.4g4%
Protein 46.7g93%
Calcium 420mg42%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Parmesan Cream Shrimp Pasta
Parmesan Cream Shrimp Pasta






10 thoughts on “Parmesan Cream Shrimp Pasta”

  1. 5 stars
    This looks yummy! I love shrimp too and I would have never thought to add gnocchi. Thanks for the new idea and for giving shrimp a new twist. Now, I can’t wait until shrimp goes on sale here.

  2. This recipe is so simple and yummy looking, I can’t wait to give it a spin. Thanks for the post!

  3. This looks so amazing and not overly complicated. I love that I have almost all the ingredients at home. I’ll have to try!

Comments are closed.

5 from 3 votes (1 rating without comment)