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. | HomemadeHooplah.com

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. | HomemadeHooplah.com
3.95 from 68 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.

Ingredients 

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

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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33 comments

    • Joanne
    • 5 stars

    Made multiple times and delicious!! Also had to use pre-cooked shrimp once—just put them in oven for five min after tossing on the butter and parsley. So yummy!

    • Ronda
    • 4 stars

    Oh my way too much penne pasta for amount of sauce. Calls for 1 pound or 16 oz. I used about 3/4 of that still to much and to dry thn. My next try will be 8oz. pasta and i will use the very small shrimp so each bite will have shrimp in it. I used jumbo first time didnt effect the flavor but you had to cut shrimp up as you ate to have shrimp in each bite. Great re ipe other than that mentioned. Will definitely make again with revisions

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