Low Carb Alfredo with Shrimp
One of my favorite things about the keto diet is that it embraces eating cheese. Now, cheese is one food that I absolutely cannot live without. I love all kinds of cheese from plain old cheddar to super stinky, rich blue brie- I love it all! Any diet that restricts cheese eating is just never going to work out for me and I think this is something everyone should consider when starting a new way of eating. Will you have to eliminate your favorite foods in order to follow the diet? If the answer is yes, you may want to reconsider as it will just make it so much harder to meet your dietary goals when you are avoiding foods that you love. So back to my love for cheese….
Because I love all kinds of cheese so much, I naturally also love cooking with cheeses. I incorporate various cheeses into almost all my dinner recipes in order to give the dish flavor, texture and also the fats that I need when eating keto. Healthy fats are the body’s fuel! This recipe for keto shrimp alfredo is the perfect example of a super cheesy dish that is 100% low carb and still 100% loaded with flavor.
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The recipe uses both parmesan and cream cheese to make the alfredo sauce that tops the zucchini noodles and shrimp. I must say that I never use to make sauces with cream cheese before starting a keto lifestyle. Cream cheese in sauce just seems like excess that wasn’t “healthy”. While I’m not saying you should go out and eat a whole block of cream cheese, it definitely does boost the fat content in this recipe which, in turn, helps give the keto dieter the energy they need to get through the say. Gotta make those ketones!
Cream cheese also adds a very rich and creamy texture to the sauce. When cream cheese melts and blends into the sauce, it is like heaven. You won’t find a more decadent sauce than this! The parmesan cheese adds a great saltiness to the sauce as well which balances out the more tangy cream cheese. If you have Pecorino Romano cheese on hand, feel free to use half parmesan and half pecorino for an even more complex cheese sauce. Playing around with cheese combinations is the best kind of food experimenting!
So, enough about the sauce! What else is in this dish that makes it so great? The zucchini noodles replace traditional pasta here. I love using “zoodles” because they add a serving of healthy vegetables and also let you enjoy “pasta” in a whole new way. The zucchini noodles are topped with some quick pan fried shrimp and then the entire dish is smothered in that rich sauce that I love so much. All in all, it is a perfect combination of veggies, tender seafood and incredible alfredo sauce.
This recipe only takes a few minutes to put together and is a perfect weeknight meal. Make it in the summer and cook the shrimp on the grill or serve this up in the winter when a hearty sauce is perfect to keep you warm. No matter when you give this recipe a try, we know you will love it. Enjoy my fellow keto cheese lovers!
If you loved our shrimp alfredo and are looking for more shrimp with “zoodles” recipes, try this shrimp scampi from My Life Cookbook. It’s easy, delicious, and only requires 15 minutes to make!
- Heat a large skillet over medium high heat then add the olive oil, shrimp and garlic. Cook the shrimp for 2 minutes, flip and cook for another minute until the shrimp is nice and pink. Remove the shrimp from the pan and set aside.
- Add the butter to the skillet along with the cream cheese. Once both have melted together, add the parmesan, heavy cream, salt and pepper and stir together.
- Add the shrimp and zucchini noodles back into the pan and cook everything together in the sauce for 3 minutes.
- Divide between plates and serve with the parsley sprinkled on top.
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