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  • 3/4 pound peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 1 pound fettuccine
  • 2 red bell peppers, cut into thin strips
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon McCormick cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chiffonade (more for garnish)
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This recipe for Fettuccine with Shrimp in a Sweet Red Pepper Cayenne Sauce will rock your dinner table. I was first introduced to this recipe by a cousin of mine who found it on Epicurious. I have modified it to suit my taste. You can decide how spicy you want to make it. This recipe can be finished within 15 minutes. All for under $20 total for a family of four. If you are local to Charlotte, grab your super fresh NC shrimp from The Carolina Meat and Fish Co.

a bowl of fettuccine with shrimp in a cayenne cream sauce

Melt butter in pan. Add red pepper, minced garlic, and cayenne pepper.

sliced red pepper cooking in a pot with butter and minced garlic

Toss and allow to cook for about 7 minutes. Cook just long enough to soften the peppers. Add the shrimp, whipping cream, and chicken broth. Cook for another 1 1/2 to 2 minutes (as soon as the shrimp turn pink they are fully-cooked). Do NOT overcook the shrimp.

Add the Parmesan cheese. Be sure to incorporate the Parmesan cheese very slowly to avoid clumping. Allow mixture to thicken up for a few seconds. Remove from heat. Toss in the basil. Pour the sauce over cooked fettuccine, or your favorite pasta. Garnish with a touch more basil and another sprinkling or so of Parmesan cheese. ENJOY! Make extra for leftovers the next day. Everyone is going to love this recipe for Fettuccine with Shrimp in a Red Pepper Cayenne Sauce.

If you love the marriage of shrimp and pasta you are going to love my Shrimp Scampi.


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