Shrimp Spaghetti Squash Alfredo - delicious shrimp in a creamy dairy free Alfredo sauce with low carb spaghetti squash. A perfect pasta alternative dish.
Dairy Free Shrimp Alfredo
There is nothing quite like a bowl of pasta with alfredo sauce, but sometimes pasta can pack a whole load of calories into a meal when paired with a creamy style sauce and that's when I love low carb spaghetti squash as a pasta alternative.
Even better is this delicious dairy free Alfredo sauce that is made with coconut milk and instead of cream for that decadent creamy feel. Those on a dairy free diet will love this recipe.
What is Spaghetti Squash?
So you may be wondering what exactly is spaghetti squash. Is it just spiralized vegetables? Is a question I get a lot.
However spaghetti squash is the name of an actual vegetable. It looks quite similar to a Honeydew Melon in it's entire appearance (Hubby actually picked up a melon by mistake for me once at the grocery store lol). But when cooked, the inside flesh shreds into strands that resemble Spaghetti. Hence the name Spaghetti Squash.
It's readily available here in Canada, slightly more expensive out of season, but I love it as a low carb alternative. Check out my How To Cook Spaghetti Squash post for what it looks like and how to cook it.
In the UK it is quite hard to source, only usually available for a short period in the year, but it is actually really easy to grow (so I am told) if you have access to an allotment or a large garden.
Substitutes for Spaghetti Squash
You really want to make this recipe but can't find spaghetti squash, so you may be wondering what you can use instead.
If you want to just enjoy real pasta then that is of course always an option (spaghetti and fettuccine are my favs), it will increase the calories quite a bit though, so something to bear in mind.
Another option is to use spiralized courgette (zucchini), which is another great low carb option for pasta. I recommend placing the spiralized zucchini in between a few sheets of kitchen paper to absorb some of the liquid. Then do a quick sauté in the pan with some spray oil (don't over cook, they literally take no more than a couple of minutes) and then add to the sauce.
Protein for Alfredo Sauce
If you don't like prawns (shrimp) like i've used in this recipe, but really want to give it a try, you may be wondering what else you can use.
Chicken is a great alternative. You can even cooked some chicken breast in a pan or if you have leftover cooked chicken from the weekend, that is perfect to add into this dish too.
Alternatives for Coconut Milk
I used coconut milk to make this dairy free, but if you don't like coconut milk and are not dairy free, you may wonder what you can use? I haven't tested this with other ingredients yet, but if you are not dairy free, then some cream cheese should work okay as an alternative. It would have to be your own trial though if you do decide to make a swap.
I don't find the coconut milk adds a strong coconut flavour, it just taste lovely and creamy, which can be hard to achieve when using dairy free items.
Can I freeze leftover Coconut Milk?
You've made this recipe and have some coconut milk leftover that you don't want to waste, so you may be wondering if you can freeze what is left.
I always freeze leftever coconut milk. You can either freeze it in a single tub, or in ice cube size, so that you can just take out what you need when making a recipe. Just make sure you stir the coconut milk well before you freeze, as the coconut cream will sit on top in the can.
or if you prefer, check out some of my other recipes using coconut milk and make another dish and then you can freeze that instead.
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- 250g (9oz) frozen raw large shrimp (prawns) - tails and shell off (defrosted)
- 300g (10.5oz) cooked spaghetti squash (pat dry from excess moisture)
- ½ onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ cup (120ml) of coconut milk (canned)
- ½ cup (120ml) of chicken stock
- 1 tablespoon of cornstarch (can also use arrowroot or tapioca starch)
- 1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar
- salt and black pepper to season
- 2 tablespoon of chopped parsley
- Spray a large skillet with olive oil spray
- Add the shrimp, season with salt and pepper and cook on both sides until they turn pink. Remove and set aside.
- Spray with a little more olive oil spray, add the onion and fry until softened and golden. Add in the minced garlic and fry for a further minute to infuse the flavour (be careful not to burn)
- Add back in the shrimp, along with the coconut milk, stock, and white wine vinegar.
- Mix the cornstarch with a couple of tablespoons of water to make a slurry and add this into the pan. Simmer until sauce is thickened and creamy.
- Taste and season with salt and black pepper.
- Add in the spaghetti squash and parsley and toss to coat until heated through.
- Serve and enjoy!!
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Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 288Total Fat 11.2gSaturated Fat 6.1gTrans Fat 0gCholesterol 362mgSodium 368mgCarbohydrates 18.9gFiber 2.6gSugar 4.8gProtein 28g
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