Garlic Butter Cream Pasta & Shrimp Scampi

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You get 2 recipes in one today! Garlic Butter Cream Sauce and Shrimp Scampi

Over the weekend, I got a pasta maker. Now before this post turns into a giant ad for that pasta maker, let me tell you, I’ve been playing with recipes for pastas (brown rice pasta, coconut flour pasta, German noodle pasta) and have decided to devote an entire post later on to just this very specific niche of recipes. Suffice it to say, I am rarely going to eat store-bought pasta ever again.

Semolina Pasta with Scrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi

For my Shrimp Scampi, I like to find fresh shrimp whenever I can, but that can prove to be very difficult in my landlocked state. In this case, I simply got a bag of large frozen shrimp from the store and thawed them in warm water. Now traditionally shrimp scampi is made with smaller shrimp, but I really wanted to make this a MEAL, so I opted for the larger ones… which, coincidentally were also on sale.

When cooking shrimp, you run the risk of overcooking them, so pay careful attention so they don’t end up rubbery. I find that many people do not like certain foods simply because they are not cooked properly. Here are some tips in order to make them delicious

frozen shrimp

Tips for cooking Shrimp

  1. Don’t buy pre-cooked shrimp (especially if you will be adding them to a dish you are cooking
    If you buy it pre-cooked, you will almost certainly run the risk of overcooking it. Also, you won’t be able to get all the flavors cooked into the shrimp
  2. Curled vs Straight
    The rule of thumb is that straight shrimp are undercooked and ones that have shifted into a “c-shape” are just right. If they have become an “o-shape,” it’s too late, they’re overcooked.
  3. Defrost
    Don’t just cook frozen shrimp right out of the bag. Set them in some warm water and let them defrost before you cook them. Otherwise, the flavor will be wonky and you also run the risk of cooking them too long.

Chef Shamy Garlic Butter Cream Sauce with Shrimp Scampi

Garlic Butter Cream Sauce

There are so many directions you could go with a garlic butter cream sauce; depending on the cheeses you add and if you want to take it in the direction of a full-out Alfredo. In this case, I wanted to make it simple. I did not want to have to create a roux and I also wanted to incorporate the shrimp so they picked up some of the flavor of the garlic butter. So I kept it simple.

When cooking with cream, you’ll want to keep the heat on med-low so you don’t burn it. Also, right before you are ready to serve it is when you should add the cheese (so it doesn’t just sink to the bottom and clump up).

Fresh Pasta with Garlic Butter Cream Sauce

Garlic Butter Cream Pasta & Shrimp Scampi

Garlic Butter Cream Pasta & Shrimp Scampi
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Serves: 4-5
Chef Shamy Parmesan Basil Garlic Butter adds just the right amount of flavor to create this simple, quick, and delectable dinner.
  • 1 Cup Chef Shamy Parmesan Basil Garlic Butter
  • 1 lb Large Shrimp
  • ½ Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • ½ Teaspoon Lemon Zest
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 16 oz Package of Angel Hair Pasta
  • 1 teaspoon cracked pepper
  • ¼ Cup Dry Vermouth (optional)
  1. Put on a large pot of water to boil. Once it comes to a boil, add pasta and cook until al dente. Save one cup of the pasta water.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt butter on med-low heat. When butter is fully melted add cream & vermouth (optional). Cook for two minutes, then carefully stir in pasta water.
  3. Add shrimp and cook on med-high until it's pink and makes a "c-shape"
  4. Slowly stir in Parmesan cheese until melted. Add lemon juice.
  5. Remove from heat and gently pour mixture over drained pasta. Sprinkle with lemon zest and cracked pepper.


Pair this with a nice Parmesan Basil Garlic Bread with our Garlic Butter and you’re set!


8 comments on “Garlic Butter Cream Pasta & Shrimp Scampi

  1. Vera Jones on

    looks good but I do not use cream—wish you would get a roadshow here in Lubbock at Sam’s—was at one of the largest Walmarts here today and they no longer have your butters!!! So who does??

  2. Jake Davis on

    Check out our store locator on the home page. Also as of 10/12/16 I’m showing on hand inventory

    8 Parmesan Basil Garlic Butters (555487626) & 5 Cinnamon Brown Sugar Honey Butters (555487627) in the 1911 Marsha Sharp Fwy Walmart
    8 Parmesan Basil Garlic Butters (555487626) & 5 Cinnamon Brown Sugar Honey Butters (555487627) in the 6315 82nd St Walmart
    6 Parmesan Basil Garlic Butters (555487626) & 11 Cinnamon Brown Sugar Honey Butters (555487627) in the 11415 Quaker Avenue Walmart
    6 Cinnamon Brown Sugar Honey Butters (555487627) in the 4215 S Loop 289 Walmart
    9 Cinnamon Brown Sugar Honey Butters (555487627) in the 702 W Loop 289 Walmart

    If you can’t find it, give them the item numbers and tell them that’s how much is showing in their system.

  3. Getfacts notHype on

    Sam’s Club has it and if not in the store, then you can order it online at Sam’s Club website but you must buy 5 tubs at a time for approximately $30 USD. Also Sam’s Club is where I saw the roadshow and tested the product. The passion fruit flavored honey butter I bought was finished by me in 5 days and I ate it straight from the tub. OMG, I didn’t intend to, but that was a unique flavor and the best dag gone good butter, like EVER. I am on a Paleo diet, so I don’t really have to have low calories or low fat anyhow, just low carbs and so the butter didn’t put on any weight for me, thank goodness.

  4. Cynthia Palmer on

    I wish there was a way to order a variety pack online without having to just buy one kind in one box. I see that you no longer carry or make the passion fruit any longer, and replaced it with the strawberry.

  5. Jake Davis on

    Cynthia, there is a way to order different kinds. It sounds like you’re ordering from In that case, you can do our assorted box which you can

    You can go to our website and mix and match which ones you would like to order. You can get to that

    You are correct that we no longer carry passion fruit. However, the strawberry is AMAZING. It has become my new favorite honey butter.

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