You'll love this light Seafood Manicotti with Alfredo Sauce! Tender bites of shrimp and crab meat nestled in pasta with a light Alfredo cream sauce! Ready in 40-minutes!
This recipe is a spin on the traditional Italian dish, but incorporates shrimp and crab meat into the ricotta mixture and substitutes tomato sauce with a quick and easy Alfredo sauce.
Seafood Manicotti Alfredo uses frozen cooked shrimp. If you prefer, you can boil fresh shrimp. Read on...and I'll show you an easy way to stuff manicotti tubes!
Why you'll love this recipe!
- Quick and Easy - the entire dish comes together in 40-minutes!
- Nice flavor and texture - just the right amount of shrimp and crab in every bite!
- Alfredo sauce - ready in 5-minutes!
This recipe makes 8 manicotti pasta shells and one cup of Alfredo sauce. Manicotti usually comes in a box with 12-14 shells. If you want to use more shells, double the recipe.
Here's what you'll need:
How to make it:
- You'll want to make sure you chop the cooked shrimp into very fine pieces so they won't get stuck in the "piping bag." Fluff the crabmeat with a fork.
- Once you get everything combined, place it in a storage bag; cut ½ inch off one of the corners of the bag
- Squeeze the seafood/cheese mixture into the manicotti noodle. I put a little of the mixture in, then use a knife to push it down the pasta tube, then add a little more of the filling.
How to make Alfredo sauce
- Melt butter in saucepan
- Add heavy cream and Parmesan cheese
- Season with salt and pepper
What's the difference between Manicotti and Cannelloni?
Both are tube shaped pasta. Manicotti has ridges on it; Cannelloni is smooth.
What kind of shrimp do I use?
This recipe uses frozen cooked shrimp. Remove shells and tails first (if they are on the shrimp.) Thaw by running cool water over shrimp.
If you want to use fresh shrimp, boil them first; let them cool, then finely dice.
What kind of crab meat?
Seafood Manicotti Alfredo uses blue crab meat that is found in the seafood/meat section of your grocer. You could use canned crab meat, but I've not made this recipe with canned, so I'm not sure how it would taste.
- Chop shrimp into fine pieces or use a food processor
- Create a "piping bag" with a large plastic baggie; put the seafood mixture in the corner; close the bag and cut ½"inch of the corner
- Allow manicotti noodles to cool before filling
- Squeeze some of the filling into the manicotti tube, then use the end of a knife to push the mixture into the tube; add a little more filling; don't overstuff
- Reserve a little of the Alfredo sauce to pour over the pasta after you take it out of the oven
- Cover with foil and bake@350ºF for 20 minutes
- Drizzle a little more sauce over the pasta after you remove it from the oven
Seafood Manicotti Alfredo
Manicotti Filling Ingredients
- 8 manicotti noodles
- ½ lb shrimp , frozen cooked shrimp; thaw and finely diced
- 4 ounces crab meat
- 1 whole egg
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- ¼ cup Parmesan cheese shredded
- ¼ cup Mozzarella cheese shredded
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
Alfredo Sauce Ingredients
- ½ stick butter
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1¼ cups Parmesan cheese , shredded
- salt and pepper to taste
Pasta and Filling Instructions
- Bring large pot of water to boil; add pasta; cook for 7 minutes; drain and place on lightly oiled wax paper
- Add remaining ingredients into a large bowl; combine well
- Put mixture into plastic bag (or piping bag)
- Fill pasta shells with mixture
- Place stuffed shells in lightly oiled baking dish
- Make the sauce (see below)
- Drizzle ½ cup of sauce over the pasta; reserve the other ½ for later
- Cover with foil and bake @ 350ºF for 20 minutes
- Remove pasta from oven and drizzle remaining sauce over pasta; serve
Alfredo Sauce Instructions
- Melt butter in saucepan on medium low heat
- Add heavy cream and Parmesan cheese; cook until cheese melts
- Season to taste with salt and pepper
- the filling and sauce for this recipe yields 8 manicotti shells and one cup of Alfredo sauce
- if you're making 12-14 shells, double the filling and sauce recipes
- this recipe uses frozen cooked shrimp; remove shells and tails, thaw by running cold water over the shrimp; dice finely
- you can use fresh shrimp or frozen uncooked shrimp. Remove shells and tails.
- How to boil shrimp: bring large pot of water to boil; add shrimp; cook 5-8 minutes, or until they turn pink
- pour half of the sauce over the pasta; cover with foil and bake
- when the dish is done, reheat the remaining sauce and pour it over the finished dish right before serving