East Meets West Alfredo: Creamy Curry Alfredo With Shrimp

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This isn’t your grandma’s alfredo. We’re taking the classic Italian comfort food on a global adventure, infusing it with Asian flavors for a creamy, flavorful fusion that will tantalize your taste buds. Get ready for a symphony of textures and tastes, where the richness of parmesan cheese meets the brightness of ginger and soy sauce.

Ingredients:

Cream Cheese Alfredo Pasta Recipe By Food Fusion
Cream Cheese Alfredo Pasta Recipe By Food Fusion

1 pound dried fettuccine or other long pasta

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup sliced shiitake mushrooms (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped broccoli florets (optional)
  • Chopped fresh chives, for garnish (optional)

  • Instructions:

    1. Cook the Pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package instructions for al dente. Drain the pasta, reserving about 1/2 cup of the pasta water.

    2. Sauté the Aromatics: While the pasta cooks, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and ginger, and cook for 30 seconds, until fragrant.

    3. Build the Sauce: Add the chicken broth, heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, soy sauce, sesame oil, and black pepper to the skillet. Whisk to combine and bring to a simmer.

    4. Incorporate the Pasta: Add the cooked pasta and reserved pasta water to the sauce. Toss gently to coat the pasta evenly in the sauce. If the sauce seems too thick, add a little more pasta water until you reach a desired creamy consistency.

    5. Customize Your Fusion: If using, add the shiitake mushrooms and broccoli florets to the pan and cook for another 2-3 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender-crisp.

    6. Serve and Enjoy: Plate the creamy alfredo pasta and garnish with a sprinkle of extra Parmesan cheese and chopped chives (optional).

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Note: This is an approximate nutritional value based on the ingredients listed. Actual values may vary depending on the specific brands used.

    Calories: 700

  • Fat: 40g
  • Saturated Fat: 20g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg
  • Sodium: 800mg (depending on soy sauce)
  • Carbohydrates: 60g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Protein: 25g

  • Conclusion:

    This creamy fusion alfredo is a delicious example of how even classic dishes can be elevated with a touch of global inspiration. The richness of the parmesan and cream is beautifully balanced by the bright ginger and savory soy sauce, creating a truly unique and satisfying experience. So next time you’re craving a comforting pasta dish, ditch the traditional and embrace the exciting world of culinary fusion!

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    1. Can I use a different type of pasta?

    Absolutely! While fettuccine is a classic choice for its ability to hold the sauce, any long pasta like linguine, tagliatelle, or even spaghetti will work well in this recipe.

    2. What vegetarian protein can I add to this dish?

    For a protein boost, consider adding crumbled tofu, chickpeas, or chopped tempeh to the pan along with the vegetables.

    3. How can I make this dish vegan?

    Substitute the butter with olive oil or vegan butter, and use a vegan parmesan cheese alternative. Opt for a plant-based milk substitute like unsweetened almond milk or cashew milk instead of heavy cream.

    4. What other vegetables can I add?

    The possibilities are endless! Feel free to experiment with other vegetables you enjoy, such as baby spinach, bell peppers, asparagus, or snow peas.

    5. Can I make this dish ahead of time?