Better than Olive Garden

Alright, alright…. I realize the title of this post sounds a bit presumptuous.  However, I’m not kidding when I say I would rather eat my noodle dish than any of the white sauce ones I’ve tried at Olive Garden (I’ll admit, we eat out very rarely and the only two I’ve tried were Chicken Alfredo and Shrimp Mezzaluna).  I came up with this delicious meal when we were craving Olive Garden last week and couldn’t go since they had ended their 2 for $25 deal (Did I mention we’re cheap and even spending $25 – plus a tip! – at a restaurant makes us squirm?).  I think I’ll call it what it is, “Creamy Garlic & Parmesan Noodles with Sauteed Shrimp.”  While it leaves little to the imagination, it is an excellent way for me to remember how to recreate it!

Creamy Garlic & Parmesan Noodles with Sauteed Shrimp


  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 10-12 ounces thin whole wheat spaghetti
  • 3/4-1 cup grated parmesan cheese


  • 1 lb fully cooked medium shrimp
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

“Heavy Cream”

  • 3/4 cup milk (I used whole)
  • 1 tablespoon flour

Sauté garlic in olive oil and butter for a couple minutes or until butter is melted.  Add pepper, oregano and chicken broth and bring to a boil.  Add pasta and cook the directed amount of time.

While pasta is cooking, rinse your thawed shrimp and start sauteing in a pan with olive oil and seasonings. At this point, I also made my “heavy cream.”  Just whisk milk and flour together in a sauce pan until smooth and stir over medium heat until it thickens.

Once pasta is cooked, turn off the heat and immediately mix in your parmesan and “heavy cream.”  Toss with shrimp and please serve with some kind of cheesy biscuit/bread!

It may not have included all you can eat of the delicious Zuppa Toscana soup, but we still had to leave the table on all fours.


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