Bring the iconic taste of Olive Garden’s baked parmesan shrimp to the comfort of your own home with this spot-on copycat recipe.

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Baked Parmesan Shrimp! Bring the iconic taste of Olive Garden's baked parmesan shrimp to the comfort of your own dinner table with this spot-on copycat shrimp pasta bake recipe. |

About Baked Parmesan Shrimp

So, it’s been a pretty meaty week over here at our house.

First, there was steak.

Then there was chicken.

And now I’m moving on to my beloved shrimp.

Well, technically, I guess I’m moving back to shrimp, seeing as I made a (super easy) shrimp dish the week before last. You’d think I was going for a theme here but really I just wanted to spice things up a bit from my usual onslaught of

You’d think I was going for a theme here but really I just wanted to spice things up a bit from my usual onslaught of dessert posts. I’m also really trying to improve my photograph of meats and pasta – which, ironically, is more challenging than it probably sounds.

But it’s not like I’m complaining about being surrounded by tasty, delicious food fit for a carnivore. My quest to conquer all things cheesy and shiny just means that we’ve spent the past few days eating like kings. An old friend of mine has been in an especially good mood lately, so at least it’s not just me enjoying it.

Olive garden copycat recipe for baked shrimp parmesan.

This recipe is inspired by the Olive Garden dish of the same name, and it’s one of my favorite dishes to order there (you know, when I actually want something other than just bread sticks and alfredo dipping sauce, because I can totally make a meal out of that).

And I gotta be honest, I love Olive Garden with all my inner fat kid’s heart, so it’s always fun trying to recreate the restaurant experience at home. After all, a good copycat recipe means I can be in food heaven while in my pajamas and watching Netflix.

Which is pretty much my goal in life: good food and Netflix.

And as far as copycat recipes go, I feel this is the closest I’ve come to hitting the mark for this particular dish. I think there will always be something “special” about ordering the authentic dish at Olive Garden (because I mean, it is cooked in the same room as the alfredo and breadsticks – that magic rubs off on everything) but as far as “bringing the taste of the restaurant home” goes, this recipe will do more than enough to calm my cravings.

Of which there are many.

An easy baked parmesan shrimp recipe.

Another great endorsement for this recipe: the night I made this dish, an old friend of mine’s father was visiting, and he couldn’t stop raving about how good it was, to the point where I was running out of ways to say “thank you.”

Naturally, I was extremely happy and flattered that he liked it, but I was also really relieved. I’ve always been nervous about cooking for other people, and this blog has amplified the pressure a little bit – our friends and family see me posting all these recipes, so the whole idea of me cooking dinner has become a little more exciting than it used to be.

And I tell them all the time that I’ll be more than happy to cook for them, but it’s certainly not every day that I actually get the chance to.

Real life and schedules always seem to get in the way.

So I was extremely thankful that I picked this week of all weeks to buy the ingredients for this recipe, and thankful this was the week he happened to be in town to join us for a meal, because I think our little impromptu dinner party has bumped my cooking cred up a few notches.

And I’ll be riding the high on that accomplishment well into next week.How to make a shrimp pasta bake.

Recipe Details

Baked Parmesan Shrimp! Bring the iconic taste of Olive Garden's baked parmesan shrimp to the comfort of your own dinner table with this spot-on copycat shrimp pasta bake recipe. |
3.91 from 61 votes

Baked Parmesan Shrimp

10 mins prep + 25 mins cook
1111 kcal
Yields: 4 servings
Bring the iconic taste of Olive Garden's baked parmesan shrimp to the comfort of your own home with this spot-on copycat recipe.


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, fresh and chopped (or 1/2 tablespoon dried)
  • 1/2 pound shrimp, peeled, devined, tail off
  • 1 pound penne
  • 2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
  • 1 pinch salt, to taste
  • 1 pinch black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoon breadcrumbs
  • 4 cherry tomatoes, cut in fourths and seedy pulp disgarded


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • While oven preheats, prepare pasta to package instructions, reducing cook time by 1 minute. Drain pasta, cover, and set aside.
  • Pour melted butter in the bottom of a deep 8x8 baking dish. Add raw shrimp and parsley, then toss to coat. Shrimp should line the bottom of the dish in an even layer.
  • Cook shrimp in the oven for 15 minutes.
  • While shrimp cooks, pour heavy whipping cream into a medium saucepan. Over medium heat, bring cream to a boil. Cook cream for 5 minutes, whisking constantly to avoid boiling over. After 5 minutes, add parmesan cheese and salt + pepper to taste. Bring mixture to boil again, continuing to whisk, and cook for another 30 seconds. Remove from heat.
  • Add cooked pasta to cream sauce and then toss to coat. If shrimp is still cooking, cover and set aside pasta until shrimp is done.
  • Once shrimp is done: Reduce oven temp to 350 degrees F (Tip: prop oven door open for a few minutes to help it cool faster). Temporarily transfer shrimp and butter sauce to a small bowl. Pour pasta into the deep 8x8 baking dish, then add the buttery shrimp back in on top of the pasta. Finish off by sprinkling chopped cherry tomatoes, 1-2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese, and breadcrumbs on top.
  • Bake pasta for 10-12 minutes or until cheese looks slightly melted and tomatoes are tender. 
  • Let parmesan baked shrimp cool for 5 minutes before serving.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 1111kcal | Carbohydrates: 93g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 65g | Saturated Fat: 39g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 353mg | Sodium: 943mg | Potassium: 467mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2467IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 495mg | Iron: 3mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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    • Cari

    The print button isn’t working

    • Donna

    What’s the alternative to using heavy cream?

      • Arden Shick

      I also would like to change the heavy cream. Any suggestions!

    • Javier
    • 5 stars

    Excellent dish!!!

    • Barbar

    Was I supposed to drain the shrimp when the shrimp. Was cooked

    • Gabrielle
    • 5 stars

    This was SO delicious!!! Will totally make again. Made for Valentines Day. My an old friend of mine loved it! I doubled the shrimp ratio, thought it could use a little extra protein with the 1 lb of pasta 😊

    • Rudy
    • 3 stars

    I made the recipe exactly as directed but when I added the cheese to the cream everything caked up almost like dough. Also, that’s a lot of penne to put in that size dish. It tasted good but I didn’t like the texture, wasn’t creamy. I topped it with red bell pepper instead of tomato

      • Katy
      • 3 stars

      That happened to me too. Maybe there should be something in the directions about “until sauce thickens” before adding the cheese? I don’t know. But mine was watery with clumps of cheese. Disappointing.

    • April

    I was just wondering if the amount of Calories was for the entire dish or for one serving?

    • Laura

    Do you think I could make ahead, refrigerate, and bake later in the day?

    • Danielle
    • 5 stars

    I love that you call your boyfriend “the boyfriend.” I refer to mine the exact same way! I’ve never had Olive Garden’s dish, but this sounds absolutely wonderful…and easy. I like easy because I tend to be just a touch lazy sometimes. I think my favorite part is the breadcrumbs – there’s just something about toasted breadcrumbs on a pasta dish!

      • Chrisy

      You know, the last time I went to Olive Garden, I couldn’t find this dish! I had my heart set on something else so I forgot to ask the waiter. I hope they didn’t discontinue it :O
      And I totally agree about the breadcrumbs! They make everything better πŸ™‚ “an old friend of mine” (or an old friend of mine, as I call him these days πŸ˜€ ) agrees, too!

    • Tina
    • 5 stars

    Is it possible to use dried tomatoes instead of th cherry tomatoes

      • Chrisy

      Hey Tina! I think you could get away with using canned tomatoes, but I’m not sure about dried. Do you have a link to the product you use?

    • Kath

    Made this tonight and it was delicious! I added more tomato and omitted the bread crumbs. Thank you for this great recipe!

    • Angella cohen

    Did this recipe and my family and I loved i did tweak it a bit by adding a tablespoon of oldbay.

    • Sande L.

    This looks delicious and I will have to make it for my 7 year old grandson. He loves Shrimp.

    But I have to add that Olive Garden does not cook their food on the premises. It is frozen and microwaved then served to you looking like a fresh cooked meal.

    • Good to know Sande! Just all the more reason to make the real stuff at home πŸ˜€

    • Des @ Life’s Ambrosia

    I haven’t eaten at Olive Garden in FOREVER. I was a huge fan of the alfredo and breadsticks too and if I went now I would totally order this. I’m a sucker for any kind of shrimp pasta. This looks fantastic!

    • Thanks Des! We hardly get to go to Olive Garden, either – but then, that’s what makes copycat dishes like this so good πŸ˜€

    • eat good 4 life

    I love this. I need to get some shrimp soon to make it. My kids would love it!

    • Thanks! πŸ˜€ I hope they enjoy it!

    • Alexandria

    Your recipes are starting to take over my Pinterest board.

    • lol Alexandria! I hope that’s okay πŸ˜€

    • Kacey @ The Cookie Writer

    I love quick and easy meals like this one. I have some shrimp hanging around so I could totally make this for my an old friend of mine!

    • Easy is definitely a perk! If you make it, I hope he enjoys it πŸ˜€

    • christine

    I’m determined to get my non seafood eating family to enjoy shrimp. I’ve been trying all different recipes in hopes to get them to try it, with no luck thus far. I’m adding this to my list, as it looks delish. Fingers crossed.

    • Ha, I wish you luck! Life without seafood would be a tragedy.

    • Nutmeg Nanny

    What a totally awesome dish! Shrimp and parmesan go so well together…yum!

    • Thank you! I totally agree πŸ˜€

    • Christine from Cook the Story

    I love how quickly this dish comes together. Makes it easy to put on the table during a busy week.