Creamy Shrimp Alfredo Pasta Recipe

*RECIPE* INGREDIENTS: 250g/0.5 lb shrimp or prawn 110g/4 oz pasta (fettuccine, spaghetti or penne) 2 shallots 3 cloves garlic 2 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp butter 1/2 cup heavy cream 1/4 cup cheese (used parmesan) Parsley (optional) —Spice mix— 1/2 tsp chilli flakes 1/4 tsp black pepper 1 tsp thyme 1 tsp oregano 1/2 tsp salt PROCESS: 1. Coat 250g/ 0.5 lb shrimp or prawn with half the spice mix and set aside for 5-10 minutes 2. Mince 2 shallots, grate 3 cloves of garlic and 1/4 cup cheese 3. On medium flame, heat olive oil and fry shrimp for 2 minutes (medium size) or 3 minutes (large size) per side 4. Reduce flame to low and add 2 tbsp butter 5. Sauté shallots for 30 seconds 6. Next sauté garlic and remaining spice mix for 30 seconds 7. Add 1/2 cup water and simmer for 5 minutes 8. In the meantime start cooking pasta in salted boiling water as per package instructions 9. When the sauce had reduced, add 1/2 cup heavy cream and simmer for 1 minute 10. Mix in grated cheese and switch off the flame. Cooking further might curdle the sauce 11. Add the shrimp and let it infuse with into the sauce 12. Toss in cooked pasta, preferably slightly undercooked as it will continue to cook in the sauce 13. Mix until the pasta is well coated and creamy. The sauce might seem watery but it will thicken in 5 minutes 14. Garnish with parsley and serve _______________________________________ SUBSTITUTES: • No thyme or oregano? Sub with any preferred herb. Mixed Italian herbs work well too • No parmesan cheese? Sub with preferred cheese • No heavy cream? Sub with fresh cream or béchamel sauce _______________________________________ TIPS: • This sauce also works as a side with vegetable, rice or mashed potatoes if you would like to skip the pasta • To spice it up further, add 1 tsp chilli powder/cayenne powder to the spice mix