I love a creamy cheesy sauce, but they tend to not be the most nutritious thing you can eat. I’ve been determined to create a better-for-you sauce that tastes just as good and I finally nailed it!
Even if you hate cottage cheese give it a try, because someone in this house had no idea it was in there and he probably won’t unless he reads this recipe.
You could definitely use another protein instead of shrimp if you don’t like it or use a bean-based pasta and remove the animal protein to make it vegetarian.
Creamy Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Pasta
What you need:
▪️1/2 cup reduced fat cream cheese
▪️1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese
▪️1/4 cup half and half
▪️1/4 cup no salt added bone broth or chicken broth
▪️1/4 Parmesan cheese
▪️2 tbsp garlic (or less, but I love garlic)
▪️6 oz pasta, any variety you prefer
▪️1/4-1/2 cup pasta water
▪️12 oz bag of frozen shrimp, thawed and patted dry
▪️1/2 tsp garlic powder
▪️Black pepper, to taste
▪️1 large head of broccoli, chopped in to florets
▪️Garlic herb seasoning
What you do:
1. Toss chopped broccoli in avocado oil and sprinkle with garlic herb seasoning. Roast in the oven at 375 degree for about 20 minutes.
2. Cook pasta according to package. Reserve about 1/2 cup of pasta water.
3. While pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium heat with a small amount of avocado oil or cooking spray on the pan. Sauté 2 tbsp of garlic for a few minutes, set aside for the sauce. Add in shrimp. Season with garlic powder and pepper. Sauté in pan until shrimp is cooked through, about 8-10 minutes.
4. While pasta and shrimp are cooking, melt cream cheese, cottage cheese, and half & half in a medium pan over low-medium heat until smooth, stirring frequently. Add bone broth and Parmesan cheese to pan and stir until combined. Add sautéed garlic. Sauce will be thin, but it thickens as it cools.
5. Combine pasta, shrimp, broccoli, and sauce in a large bowl. Stir to combine. Add reserved pasta water, a small amount at a time, to help the sauce thicken and coat all of the ingredients
6. Serve and enjoy!