Quick Jalapeno Alfredo Shrimp Pasta

A rich, spicy, creamy shrimp pasta for nights when you are looking for something special but quick and easy.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Author Dinner, then Dessert


  • 1/2 [1 stick] cup butter , divided 6tbsp and 2 tbsp
  • 1 large jalapeno , half of it diced finely and the other half in slightly larger slices
  • 3 large cloves garlic , finely diced
  • 1 [8 ounce] package cream cheese
  • 2 cups milk [whole preferably , but definitely not fat free or 1%]
  • 6 ounces grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 pound shrimp , peeled and de-veined
  • 1 pound spaghetti , cooked according to manufacturers specifications


  1. Melt 6 tbsp butter in a saucepan with the finely diced jalapeno and garlic. Cook until it starts to just barely brown the jalapenos and garlic.
  2. Add cream cheese and combine with butter mixture.
  3. Slowly whisk in the milk and keep whisking until completely combined and small bubble start forming around the edge of the saucepan.
  4. Mix in the parmesan cheese and black pepper
  5. In a large frying pan, melt remaining butter and toss in the remaining sliced jalapenos.
  6. Add in the shrimp.
  7. Cook until the shrimp and jalapenos are browned and cooked through, a couple minutes on each side.
  8. Toss the pasta with the sauce. Top with shrimp.
  9. Spoon on the butter and jalapenos.
  10. Wear stretchy pants the rest of the evening.

Recipe Notes

Recipe influenced by: Quick and Easy Alfredo Sauce