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Cheesy Skillet Shrimp & Tortellini

Cheesy Skillet Shrimp & Tortellini made with jumbo shrimp combined with cheese tortellini in a cheesy tomato basil Alfredo sauce. As you all know I don’t eat seafood, not even shrimp, but every once in a while I’ll add it into our weekly meals to give my family some variety. Last week, I was under the weather so most of my meals consisted of soup.

Cheesy Skillet Shrimp & Tortellini made with jumbo shrimp combined with cheese tortellini in a cheesy tomato basil Alfredo sauce.

Towards the tail end of the week (and after watching MANY hours of television), I started to feel a little better and finally got up enough energy to actually make a meal for my family who had been living off of frozen leftovers and whatever else they could find and make quickly (a.k.a. they ate a lot of soup too!).

Cheesy Skillet Shrimp & Tortellini

I decided it was a good day to use the frozen shrimp I had and since I had purchased some tortellini when it was on sale recently, I combined two of my daughters’ favorite recipes together: Shrimp Scampi and Fettuccine Alfredo; and made this Cheesy Skillet Shrimp & Tortellini.

Cheesy Skillet Shrimp & Tortellini

Most of the time when I make shrimp scampi (which I’m now realizing I never even posted the recipe here on the blog!) I sauté the shrimp in butter; then stir in fresh basil, garlic, chopped tomatoes and add a little bit of white wine; which I then serve over linguine that has been tossed in olive oil and grated Pecorino Romano cheese.

It’s not the healthiest meal which is why I don’t make it very often, but everything in moderation, right? Another one of her favorite recipes is any pasta with an Alfredo sauce; which she tends to get when we dine out. So for this recipe, I combined the two and made it even easier by cooking it all in one skillet. Less mess and cleanup is ALWAYS a good thing!

Cheesy Skillet Shrimp & Tortellini made with jumbo shrimp combined with cheese tortellini in a cheesy tomato basil Alfredo sauce.

First, start by cleaning your shrimp. I generally purchase jumbo shrimp that has been frozen and deveined. You still have to defrost; which I do by adding the shrimp to cold water,  peel the shell; then give a once over to make sure all of the veins have been removed. This works for us since we don’t eat it that frequently and I use shrimp more a last minute dinner idea rather than one that is planned out in advance.

Cheesy Skillet Shrimp & Tortellini

Next, cook your tortellini according to package directions. While the tortellini is cooking, get all of your ingredients together; then start to saute the shrimp in butter over a large skillet until almost cooked through. Add the basil, tomatoes, garlic and a little horseradish (I wanted this recipe to have a little kick!) and cook the shrimp another 1-2 minutes until it is cooked through. The shrimp should be white/pink and not clear.

Cheesy Skillet Shrimp & Tortellini

Finally add a bit of flour; then stir in the heavy cream and grated cheese. Mix well until the sauce is creamy; then add your cooked tortellini. Cheesy Skillet Shrimp & Tortellini was a HUGE hit with my family and it was ready in about 20 minutes; which for me was even better. It’s perfect for those busy weeknight dinners. ~Enjoy!

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3.43 from 26 votes
Cheesy Skillet Shrimp & Tortellini
Cheesy Skillet Shrimp & Tortellini
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Cheesy Skillet Shrimp & Tortellini made with jumbo shrimp combined with cheese tortellini in a cheesy tomato basil Alfredo sauce. 

Course: Main Entree
Servings: 4
Calories: 415 kcal
Author: Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
  • 1 lb. Cheese Tortellini
  • 1 lb. Jumbo Shrimp, cleaned and deveined
  • 2 tbsp. Butter
  • 1 Plum Tomato, diced
  • 1 tbsp. Fresh Basil, chopped
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. Prepared Horseradish
  • 1 tbsp. All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 c. Heavy Cream
  • 1/4 c. Grated Pecorino Romano Cheese
  • Kosher Salt, to taste
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper, to taste
  1. Cook the tortellini according to package directions; drain. 

  2. Add the butter to a large skillet and cook the shrimp until almost cooked through; approximately 2-3 minutes. 

  3. Add the tomato, basil, garlic and horseradish and cook for another 1-2 minutes until the shrimp is cooked through and is white/pink and not clear. 

  4. Stir in the flour; then add the heavy cream and cheese. Mix well; then add the cooked tortellini and stir until all coated. Sprinkle with extra cheese and chopped basil for garnish. 

Recipe Notes

*To lighten up this recipe, use skim or reduced fat milk in place of the heavy cream. 

Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Skillet Shrimp & Tortellini
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 415 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Cholesterol 245mg 82%
Sodium 957mg 40%
Potassium 81mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 36g 72%
Vitamin A 21%
Vitamin C 10%
Calcium 18%
Iron 23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

*Nutritional information is based on specific ingredients and products used and was calculated by; which may not be 100% accurate. 


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  1. Janet B.
    July 29, 2017 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    Made this tonight and was a hit! Delicious, easy and fast to prepare. I highly recommend it. Five stars.

  2. Alyssa
    November 28, 2017 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    Did you end up using the horseradish in the recipe? I’m seeing in in ingredients but not in recipe

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      November 29, 2017 at 6:58 am - Reply

      Sorry Alyssa, I forgot to add it to the direction part, but it’s updated now. I added the horseradish with the garlic and basil. 🙂

  3. Chara
    February 19, 2018 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    By heavy cream do you mean like a whip cream or more like a half and half?

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