Creamy Shrimp Alfredo

With the start of Ramadan 2017, I’ve been busy trying to get things in order. I’ve been taking a {long} break but I’m here to share a plethora of delicious tried and true recipes. Lately, my family has been enjoying comfort foods, like this creamy shrimp alfredo I am sharing with you today. These comfort foods tend to be easy, simple to follow recipes that result in extra yumminess.

In Ramadan, as many of you know, Muslims fast from sunup to sundown. This means approximately 16-18 hour fasts with no food, drink, or even water. While it teaches self-control, it also teaches patience, gratitude, and encourages one to develop their character.

 

 

This Ramadan,  comforting foods is a must, while the typical elaborate meal of fruit, fried appetizers, and multiple dishes is not so common in our home. To be honest, I enjoy the simplicity of this. That’s why I’m sharing our family favorite, this creamy shrimp alfredo recipe that will satisfy a long day of fasting (or any hungry person, really).

 

In this special month, I ask that you keep my family in your prayers! Have a blessed Ramadan. XO

Keep scrolling for more pics and the full recipe!

 

Want more delicious pasta recipes?

Try my cajun shrimp pasta for an awesome blend of spices.

Or try my chicken fajita pasta for a fusion dish that’s a family favorite!

Creamy Shrimp Alfredo

10 minutes

30 minutes

40 minutes

Category: entree

Cuisine: Italian American

Yield: 4-6 people

Creamy Shrimp Alfredo

A slightly spicy take on the classic creamy shrimp alfredo.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb spaghetti or fettuccine noodles
  • 1/2 lb shrimp, peeled and cleaned
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Salt to taste (1 to 1.5 tsp)
  • Black pepper, 1/2 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 3 tbsp butter, divided (1 tbsp for shrimp, 2 tbsp for sauce)
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, crushed or minced

Instructions

  1. Boil the noodles according to package directions.
  2. In a pan, melt the butter and add the shrimp, 1/4 tsp of salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, and the 1/4 tsp of red chili flakes. Cook shrimp until pink. Remove onto a plate.
  3. In the same pan, add the rest of butter, and the crushed garlic. Saute for 1 minute, until fragrant.
  4. Add the heavy cream, salt, and parsley flakes. Heat the cream mixture until simmering. Cook for 5 min on medium low until slightly thickened. Add the Parmesan cheese and stir. Remove from heat.
  5. Mix the cooked noodles into the sauce and top with the cooked shrimp, or serve each item separately.

Notes

For low fat, use 1/2 cup heavy cream and 1.5 cups of regular milk. Use 1/2 tsp flour to thicken during the garlic sauteing stage. For extra spiciness, add 1/4 tsp of red chili flakes to the sauce. For extra goodness, saute 1 cup sliced mushrooms in butter and add to sauce.

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Bang Bang Shrimp

I made these amazing bang bang shrimp recipes for a quick and easy appetizer a few days ago.  They were so delicious, crunchy, well seasoned, and the magic sauce is to die-for.

This is a recipe that you must try at least once in your lifetime. I originally heard about this recipe in a food group I’m a part of. I came to know that it’s actually a pretty popular recipe at many chain restaurants (majority of which we do not have here in Oklahoma City).

bang bang shrimp

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Mango Panna Cotta

Eid, as you may know, marks the end of a month of worship, fasting, and voluntary good deeds. Eid is a celebration when people of all races and nations unite in joy and peace. It’s a day, as you probably have seen in my previous blog posts, where many like to celebrate by making fancy dishes and desserts. Last Eid, I made some cardamom shortbread cookies, and before that, I’ve made my incredibly stunning baklava cheesecake. This year, I made some mango panna cotta.

In honor of a very hot Eid in the middle of Summer, I decided my Eid dessert should be something light, fruity, and cold. That could have easily been some frozen fruit popsicles, but I wanted something a little more sophisticated than that, if you know what I mean.

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Chicken Kabsa : Spiced Chicken Rice

I’m a big fan of chicken and rice dishes: it’s easy, it’s loved by everyone, it’s fulfilling, and it’s so versatile. Best of all, chicken and rice are two ingredients that we almost always have in our kitchens. This chicken kabsa: spiced chicken rice dish that I will share with you is a special meal that I love making during Ramadan nights.

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Kabsa is a traditional Saudi dish that consists of meat that cooks with spices, broth infused with turmeric and Baharat spices, and rice that has a delicious tomato and onion base. Everything in this dish comes together fairly quickly and it makes a lot- this is a dish to have with family gathered together to break the fast.

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Basically, you make a broth with the chicken (or any other type of meat) and spices. The broth is saved for cooking the rice, and the meat is shredded. The rice is cooked with tomatoes, onions, more spices (and lots of turmeric!), and the flavored broth. To serve, I love putting the fluffy spice-infused rice onto a large platter, topping it with shredded meat, chopped cilantro leaves, and fried raisins and sliced almonds.

The flavors are amazing in this dish: nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, black pepper, cardamom, paprika, and my favorite: turmeric. Both the broth and the rice have turmeric added. The result is a golden rice dish that’s absolutely delicious with the hints of sweetness from the raisin and the subtle flavors of all the nutty, smoky spices.

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For the full recipe, please check out my guest post over at my talented blogger friend’s site, Kitchen Flavours.

DIY Ramadan Lantern

It’s the middle of Ramadan, and time is flying by way too fast! Before you know it, Eid (the celebration that marks the end or completion of Ramadan) will be here with the sight of the new crescent moon.

diy ramadan lantern-title

I never really got to do much of my Ramadan decor as I wanted because of so much traveling, graduations in the family, and overall busy mom-life. I know, lame excuses. I normally love doing a lot of DIY projects, canvases, etc. that have a certain theme.

This year, as many of you must have seen, I stuck to ready made items that could easily be brought home and stuck onto a bookshelf or fireplace. You can take a look at that here.  It’s just really simple that way, to be honest. Yet something was missing…I needed to have at least one crafty project as part of my setup. So I made this adorable DIY Ramadan lantern that I’ve been meaning to make for quite some time.

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I originally got the idea from some Christmas lanterns, and thought to myself, “why can’t I muslim-ify this?”. And that’s exactly what I did…without talking too much, I’ll just let you scroll down to see the details of how to make one yourself!

 

DIY Ramadan Lanterns

 

Materials Needed

*Smooth glass jar (found at dollar stores or craft stores)

*Oil-based paint marker in Black (craft stores)

*Tape

*Printed (black) image of whatever you like (silhouettes, shapes, writing, etc.)

*Scissors

*Gold spray paint

*Candle

Instructions

  1. Print out your images, making sure they are large enough to look nice on the glass jar.
  2. Spray paint the glass jar, making an ombre effect by spraying more layers on top and less on bottom (so that it’s more transparent). Let the jar dry for an hour or two.
  3. Cut out your shapes, it doesn’t have to be exact. You’ll be taping this on the inside of the jar, wherever you want your design to go.
  4. Using the marker, trace the shapes and fill them in. Allow a few minutes for the marker to dry.
  5. Place a candle inside the jar, and that’s it!

*Notes- I found the masjid silhouette through Google images. But if you have a steady hand, you can actually freehand and draw this yourself (which i managed to do for some portions of this jar).

I also bought the wrong type of gold spray paint-*blush* it was a “marbelizing” type, hence the textured pattern on my jars. Normal gold spray paint should be smooth. I actually liked the marbelizing effect a lot, so I kept it.

Additionally, I used a soy wax candle that I made at home, to avoid the toxins, lead, and artificial fragrances that normal store-bought candles contain.

If you have any more questions, please comment below, I’d love to answer them!

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*lantern view from back*