Copycat Olive Garden Shrimp Alfredo

Hands down Olive Garden Shrimp Alfredo is a favorite recipe of so many people! Did you know you can make this classic Olive Garden dish in just about 30 minutes?

Copycat Olive Garden shrimp alfredo on two plates.

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Olive Garden Fettuccine Alfredo with Shrimp

The Olive Garden is known for its amazing Alfredo Sauce. A rich and creamy Parmesan cheese sauce is made even better when paired with freshly sauteed shrimp. This recipe is perfect for when you want a dinner that is rich and decadent. Did you know it’s actually pretty easy to make this classic shrimp fettuccine alfredo pasta recipe?

What Makes Olive Garden Shrimp Alfredo so Good?

When you taste this dish, it may seem like it has more ingredients than it actually does. However, the simple ingredients work together perfectly to create a sophisticated flavor.

The exquisite taste of the dish can be attributed to the use of whole ingredients that combine to perfectly dress the lightly browned shrimp and al dente pasta. The rich flavor and varying textures of sauce, noodles, and shrimp make an out-of-this-world experience for your palate.

Why This Dish Works

Alfredo sauce with pasta works so well because you use fresh butter, cream, and Parmesan cheese. Parmesan cheese is a dry slightly salty and nutty cheese that always adds a special touch to many Italian dishes. In Alfredo shrimp pasta, shrimp is perfectly seasoned and cooked in seasoned butter to give the shrimp a little something extra.


Here’s what you will need for this copycat Olive Garden Shrimp Alfredo recipe:

  • Shrimp
  • Salt
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Fettuccine Pasta
  • Heavy Cream
  • Butter
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
Copycat Olive Garden shrimp alfredo ingredients on a round wood board.

How to Make Shrimp Alfredo

Making shrimp Alfredo is not difficult at all. You can make the whole dish in under 20 minutes.

  1. If your shrimp is not peeled and deveined, peel and devein the shrimp.
  2. Start the pasta water to boil.
  3. Make the Alfredo sauce by melting the butter and cream together.
  4. When the butter and cream are melted, add the Parmesan cheese and stir until the cheese melts. Reduce the temperature to low.
  5. Drop your pasta into the boiling water and cook the shrimp.
  6. Season shrimp with salt and black pepper. 
  7. Saute shrimp by adding butter to a skillet over medium heat. When the pan is hot add chopped garlic and saute for about 30 seconds. 
  8. Saute shrimp on each side for about 2 to 3 minutes. The shrimp should be pink.  
Cooking shrimp in a skillet to make shrimp alfredo.
  1. When the pasta is done, drain it, and toss it into the Alfredo sauce.
  2. Serve the alfredo pasta topped with the cooked shrimp.
Copycat Olive Garden shrimp alfredo and forks on two plates.

Secrets for How to Make Delicious Shrimp Alfredo

  • Use medium-size shrimp, this way you get a good bite of seafood flavor.
  • Be careful not to overcook the shrimp, you can undercook the shrimp a tiny bit, as when it is combined with the pasta it will finish cooking.
  • Use a good quality Parmesan cheese. Do not use Parmesan cheese from a can.
  • Do not overcook the pasta – Mushy pasta is not a good thing. Cook your pasta al dente.

Tips and Tricks for Making Alfredo sauce

  • Use a Parmesan cheese you will grate. Pre-grated cheese has an anti-caking agent in it that may prevent the cheese from melting well.
  • Heat the butter and cream to where it bubbles before you add the cheese, it will melt better this way.
  • If you plan on having some extra sauce, do not store the sauce with the pasta, the pasta can soak up the sauce.

What to Serve with Shrimp Alfredo

Enjoy this heavenly pasta dish with the addition of broccoli or mushrooms, which you can mix right into the sauce or serve separately.

You can also serve it with homemade Olive Garden breadsticks or garlic bread and a side salad such as Olive Garden’s house salad or Caesar salad.

I love sprinkling on some extra parmesan and chopped fresh parsley just before eating it!

How to Store the Leftovers

Once you allow the extra shrimp alfredo to cool, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. Ideally, keep the sauce and pasta separately. Because of the dairy in this dish, I don’t recommend freezing it.

What is the Best Way to Reheat This Dish?

I suggest reheating this on the stovetop rather than the microwave so the shrimp has a nice texture. Place the food in a sauté pan and heat it over medium heat.

Cover it with a lid to retain the moisture so the shrimp can gently steam. You can also add a dash of cream or milk to loosen the sauce if needed.

Copycat Olive Garden shrimp alfredo on two plates and bread on a wood board.

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Copycat Olive Garden shrimp alfredo on two plates.

Olive Garden Shrimp Alfredo

Make the Olive Garden Shrimp Alfredo pasta at home. 
5 from 28 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Olive Garden Shrimp Alfredo, shrimp alfredo
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 1122kcal



  • 12 ounces medium-sized shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic


  • 12 ounces dry fettuccine pasta

Alfredo Sauce

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 4 ounces butter
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder optional


Pasta Directions

  • Salt water for pasta in a large pot, and bring to a boil.
  • Cook pasta for the time recommended on the pasta. 

Shrimp Directions

  • Season shrimp with salt and black pepper. 
  • Saute shrimp by adding butter to a pan over medium heat. When the pan is hot add chopped garlic and saute for about 30 seconds. 
  • Saute shrimp on each side for about 2 to 3 minutes. The shrimp should be pink.  

Alfredo Sauce Directions

  • Prepare the Alfredo sauce by combining the cream and butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Do not let the mixture come to a boil, but heat until small bubbles begin to form.
  •  Add the Parmesan cheese and whisk quickly. Add the garlic powder and continue to whisk. 

Serving the Shirmp Alfredo

  • Place cooked pasta into a large bowl.  Add cooked shrimp and alfredo sauce.  Toss together.   Serve immediately. 



  • Do not allow the pasta to overcook. The residual heat in the pasta will help it finish cooking.
  • Do not allow the shrimp to overcook; it will become rubbery. Wait until it is just pink.
  • Do use a block of Parmesan cheese that you grate for best results.
  • If your alfredo sauce is thin, add a couple of tablespoons of cream cheese to it to make it thicker.


Calories: 1122kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 77g | Saturated Fat: 47g | Cholesterol: 462mg | Sodium: 1516mg | Potassium: 370mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2705IU | Vitamin C: 4.5mg | Calcium: 433mg | Iron: 3.1mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Robin

    5 stars
    I am a 66 year old Sicilian Grandmom. I found you last year. As you can imagine I’m very picky about other people’s Italian recipes. This was just as great as my recipe and I even learned a few things. Bravo. Every recipe I’ve tried is a 5.Grazie for all your work that helps others find ways to save money by not going to a restaurant and paying a lot more. I’ll definitely keep cooking your copykats. Many blessings, Mama Robz.

  2. Sonya

    5 stars
    I love this recipe and so do my kids. I just cooked it over the weekend and my son wants me to cook it again today.

  3. Sally

    5 stars
    I have not had chance to try this shrimp alfredo from Olive Garden, thank you for sharing the recipe! I can’t wait to try it at home!

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