Shrimp and Gnocchi with Garlic Parmesan Cream Sauce — Damn Delicious

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Shrimp and Gnocchi with Garlic Parmesan Cream Sauce

Light, airy gnocchi tossed with tender shrimp and the most amazing cream sauce you’ll want to drink!

You know I don’t have to convince any of you when it comes to a garlic parmesan cream sauce.

So go ahead and do that emergency grocery run.

You’ll need DeLallo Potato Gnocchi, fresh shrimp, and a whole mess of Parmesan and garlic.

Then, serve it right in that skillet.

We can’t waste a single drop of that cream sauce.

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Shrimp and Gnocchi with Garlic Parmesan Cream Sauce

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Light, airy gnocchi tossed with tender shrimp and the most amazing cream sauce you’ll want to drink!


  • 1 (16-ounce) package DeLalloPotato Gnocchi
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

For the garlic parmesan cream sauce

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth, or more, as needed
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 cup half and half*
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook gnocchi according to package instructions; drain well.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add shrimp, salt and pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, until pink, about 2-3 minutes; set aside.
  3. To make the garlic parmesan cream sauce, melt butter in the skillet skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute.
  4. Gradually whisk in chicken broth, thyme and basil. Cook, whisking constantly, until incorporated, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in half and half and Parmesan until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes. If the mixture is too thick, add more half and half as needed; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Stir in shrimp and gnocchi, and gently toss to combine.
  6. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

*Half and half is equal parts of whole milk and cream. For 1 cup half and half, you can substitute 3/4 cup whole milk + 1/4 cup heavy cream or 2/3 cup skim or low-fat milk + 1/3 cup heavy cream.

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the National Fisheries Institute Shrimp Council. As always, I only partner with brands that I love and truly believe in, allowing me to create more quick and easy recipes to get us through the week without breaking the bank. All opinions expressed are my own.

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I love your cream sauce dishes…. One of those ‘not every day’ delights… :O)

Yum! Can’t wait to try this

I made this tonight for dinner…so quick and delicious!

Can you make this a one pan meal? Sauté shrimp, set aside, then cook gnocchi in broth m, etc?

Can’t take the credit because I devoured a VERY similar dish to this at a restaurant this weekend; BUT adding toasted almonds and a little sun dried tomato strips to this dish may amp it up a bit more.

This looks amazing! I love all things shrimp, so I obviously need this in my life!

Delicious! Pasta and cream sauce is the best, what a quick and easy meal! Love this. Sauce is perfect. Thank you!

Can I substitute mock crab for this dish?

Yum! Love being able to throw together some pre-made gnocchi and delicious toppings- this looks soooooo good! 🙂

Any time I see “damn delicious” I save the recipe and make the recipe. for years now, you’ve been a go to. Tonight however, with my homemade pasta, this recipe screamed “tell herrrrr!” You’re amazing, this recipe was amazing!! Thank you for what you do:)

I made this for dinner tonight and it was a huge hit! I wish I had chopped up my dried thyme, because what I had was a little woody…but that’s okay. This was so delicious it didn’t even matter! I halved the recipe since we won’t be eating at home for a couple of days and I’m looking forward to making it again next week (to use up the other half of the gnocchi). Thanks for the recipe!

This recipe has saved me on so mant occasions when I haven’t felt like cooking but wanted a cheap and delicious homemade meal. It’s so easy it’s like a grown up version of Top Ramen, except it tastes like something from Olive Garden. Kudos! I’m on my way back to the house to make it again!

I made this for my family last night and it was a HUGE hit! My 2 year old daughter especially loved the gnocchi (potatoes + pasta = heaven for her). The cream sauce was perfection. This was a bit of an indulgence, but I’m sure we’ll make it again in the future!

I can’t wait to go grocery shopping so I can make this! I showed the picture to my husband who pretty much demanded I make it ASAP. He loves shrimp, I love garlic and Parmesan and cream sauces -it’s a win-win!

I made this for dinner tonight and it was fantastic. I’ve made about a half dozen of your recipes and this is by far my favorite. The sauce is so rich and pairs nicely with the shrimp and gnocchi. My only knock against it was the amount of thyme. I felt it over powered the delicate flavor of the shrimp and gnocchi. When (not if) I make it again, I will only use half a teaspoon. I might also add maybe a 1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper to add a touch of heat. Thanks for the inspiration and the great recipes. I plan on buying your book soon.

My family loved this recipe! Your one pot garlic cream pasta is a staple in our house, this is really just as easy with protein. Perfection! Thanks yet again.

How nany do you think this will serve? I have a house full of teenagers and wondered if I should double?

This yields 4 servings.

I made this for my family tonight. So quick and easy. I love that the gnocchi is so dense; it is much more filling than a typical pasta noodle, with about the same nutritional content! So I could eat less of this and enjoy a “splurge.” And my wife loved this, too!

Can you use frozen shrimp for this recipe? How would I adjust cooking time? Thank you!

I recommend using fresh or thawed shrimp.

Do you think chicken would be okay as a substitute for shrimp?

I came across Damn Delicious just the other day when looking to make knock off Red Lobster biscuits… they turned out so good I wanted to try this recipe out the next night since I already had most all of the ingredients on hand.
This dish is so good!
I love the step-by-step simplicity of the instructions, your explanation of viable substitutes if I don’t have an ingredient (like half and half in this recipe), and the flavor is a guaranteed pleaser! My guy isn’t much into pasta or gnocchi, but with this sauce and the shrimp he went back for seconds.
I am excited to dig into this site for more inspiration and recipes. Thank you for helping to make cooking more exciting and flavorful!

We love gnocchi!! When I make this dish, I do not boil the gnocchi. Instead saute the shrimp in the pan, remove. Then make the sauce. Add the gnocchi to the sauce along with the shrimp and cook for 5 minutes or so, until gnocchi is tender. The gnocchi comes out perfect every time and everything’s cooked in one pan.

I was a little nervous to make this recipe for the first time with 6 people coming over , but it was delicious and everyone LOVED it!! One person in my group doesn’t like shrimp(crazy right) so I dished hers out before adding the shrimp and she gobbled up every bite. Thank you so much for sharing all your recipes. I have used many of them and can’t wait to try more.

Would flavored gnocchi work with this or only plain? I’ve been looking to use up either a 160z package of “Basil Gnocchi,” or “Porcini & Truffle Mushroom Gnocchi.”

Any should work! 🙂

Just delish! Only had already cooked shrimp,so just tossed them with olive oil,s&p. Also added fresh spinach. Drained the gnocci over the spinach on collander,then added both to sauce with shrimp. Keeper!

I’ve made many of your recipes and never been disappointed. I will be trying this one tomorrow night.

hi i would like to add that it took us about 2 goddamn hours to make this dish, maybe we are noobs but still i am hungry af. props to my gf to make this. I am just looking though XD

What can be substituted for the gnocchi please?

Any type of pasta you prefer should work just fine. Enjoy!

Made this for family dinner and it was a huge hit. Thinking about adding sauteed sliced mushrooms to it next time. Thanks for sharing the recipe! A real winner!

Made this for my husbands’ birthday at his request and thumbs up across the board! I never made gnocchi before and this recipe made it seem less intimidating. Featured in my recipe roundup!

I have made this recipe several times and it’s delicious. I just went to pull up the recipe and am I going crazy, didn’t it use to say to cook shrimp in the oven.

You are not crazy at all. You actually have an amazing memory!

I have updated the recipe so that you don’t have to dirty another sheet pan to bake the shrimp in the oven.

By cooking the shrimp in a skillet on the stovetop, you can actually use that same skillet for the garlic parmesan cream sauce!

Made for Superbowl Commercial, it’s a hit! Used the butter from cooking the shrimp for the sauce. Will make again.

How many servings does this make? I want to make this for Valentine’s Day dinner for 5-7 people. Can you use cooked shrimp?

This recipe yields 4 servings.

Should I change anything if I’m using lump crab meat and crawfish?

Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, we cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

Made this for dinner tonight. Rarely do I find a new recipe that’s 100% perfection 1st time around…i usually have to tweak them somehow. Not this one. Thanks for the new addition to our regular meals. Will try it with sauteed mushrooms and ref pepper flakes next time, but it surely doesn’t need anything else, it’s that damn good

Made this tonight and it turned out perfect the first time! It’s amazingly delicious!! Thank you so much for the recipe!

Can I use frozen shrimp? I live in a tiny town and there is no fresh shrimp anywhere.

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