Eating healthy is essential to losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle; but treating yourself to an indulgent meal every now and then, is not the end of the world!

This week’s recipe is Shrimp Alfredo – which is a little on the indulgent side, but a couple healthy spins can help fit this meal into your healthy living plan.

Freshen it up! Add veggies to your Shrimp Alfredo. A handful of wilted spinach, some lightly sautéed zucchini, or chopped grape tomatoes make a colorful and nutritious addition to a rich meal.

Change your base! Replace the regular pasta in this dish with a 100% whole wheat pasta, a high protein pasta, or a pasta made with veggies. For example, Barilla™ makes a high protein pasta, a 100% whole whet pasta, a “white fiber” pasta (for those who want the fiber, but want to maintain the texture of traditional pasta), and pasta made with veggies. Check out the varieties here.

Remember, it’s an overall lifestyle change!

Recipe: Shrimp Alfredo

Pasta, Fettuccine, Fresh – 4 oz.
Olive Oil – 2 T
Shrimp, 41-50, P&D – 5 oz.
Garlic, minced – ¼ t
Pasta water – 2 fl. oz.
Cream, heavy whipping – 6 fl. oz.
Cheese, Parmesan, grated – ¼ c
Chopped Herbs – 1 T
Parsley, Thyme, Chervil, Chives


  1. Season seafood with kosher salt
  2. In a hot sauté pan, add the vegetable oil and caramelize the shrimp on one side. Once caramelized add the garlic and turn the seafood to caramelize the second side. 
  3. Once caramelized and garlic is cooked but not brown deglaze pan with pasta water.
  4. In salted, boiling water add pasta, be sure to stir the pasta to avoid clumping.  Cook 3 minutes.
  5. Add cream to pan and reduce by ¼.
  6. Add pasta and cheese to sauté pan and continue to reduce cream until proper consistency.

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