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April 18, 2016

Cajun Pasta with Shrimp and Smoked Sausage

Love jambalaya? This recipe brings all of your favorite jambalaya flavors and transforms them into a tasty pasta dish. Love jambalaya? This recipe brings all of your favorite jambalaya flavors and transforms them into a tasty pasta dish.

Love jambalaya? This recipe brings all of your favorite jambalaya flavors and transforms them into a tasty pasta dish.

Patty and I both go a little crazy over Cajun flavors. Such powerful food when it comes to flavor. The seasonings blends are potent and can truly liven up any type of a dish. After making the Creamy Taco Style Pasta recently, and seriously LOVING it, I thought --- How might that concept work with Cajun flavors? The answer is DANG GREAT. If you enjoy jambalaya, you'll enjoy this recipe that brings all of those flavors and tosses them up into a big bowl of pasta. 

Cajun Pasta with Shrimp and Smoked Sausage - Recipe

Another great thing about this recipe is that it is FAST. Yep. Quick and Easy, ideal for lunch or dinner in a hurry. Of course you can leave the sauce to cook and simmer awhile to let the ingredients mingle and develop with even MORE flavor, but this hit that sweet spot I was looking for without any additional time. Vary up the type of pasta with your favorite kind. I used fettucini noodles, but this works with pretty much anything. It's important to incorporate both shrimp and sausage to truly get the flavors we're going for, but maybe some crawfish would be nice as well, or even a seafood version. Hmmm. The old wheels are turning upstairs now! Variations abound. We loved it! I hope you do, too.

Cajun Pasta with Shrimp and Smoked Sausage - Recipe

And if you love jambalaya, try our Seriously Awesome Jambalaya Recipe.

Cajun Pasta with Shrimp and Smoked Sausage - Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped (or use half a large one)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 ounces smoked andouille sausage, sliced
  • ½ pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 2-3 tablespoons sour cream or crema
  • 4 ounces fettucine pasta
  • Chopped parsley for serving

Cooking Directions

  1. Heat a large pan to medium heat. Add onion and peppers with olive oil and cook about 6-7 minutes to soften, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add garlic, tomatoes and sausage and cook another couple minutes.
  3. Add shrimp and Cajun seasonings and stir. Cook about 3-4 minutes, or until shrimp cook through.
  4. Add tomato sauce and stir to incorporate. Reduce heat to a low simmer.
  5. Get your pasta cooking in a large pot of salted water. It should only take 10 minutes to cook.
  6. Remove the large pan from the heat and stir in the sour cream or crema.
  7. Drain pasta and stir it into the sauce with the shrimp and smoked sausage.
  8. Garnish with parsley and serve.

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5 comments

  • Comment Link Brian January 10, 2017 posted by Brian

    How many does this recipe serve ?

    REPLY: Brian, this will serve 2-3 people. -- Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  • Comment Link Casey October 27, 2016 posted by Casey

    Do you add the sour cream to the fettuccine while the water, or do you drain and then add sour cream?

    REPLY: Casey, drain the pasta first. Add the sour cream or crema to the pan and stir, then add in the drained pasta. -- Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  • Comment Link roy spray May 22, 2016 posted by roy spray

    I made this with very few changes and doubled it. What a great recipe! Going to get some crusty french bread for leftovers tomorrow.. Only added ingredients was one chicken buillon, finishing with parmesan and I put dried chives. We didn't to the parsley garnish but only because we forgot it on the shopping list. Thanks so much. I love it. I have to post my simple crawfish and or shrimp easy creole sometime.

    REPLY: Super happy it turned out! -- Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  • Comment Link Tez @ Chile and Salt April 21, 2016 posted by Tez @ Chile and Salt

    This looks ``Rock Star`` good Mike. I love all things Cajun & this is right up my alley! Going on my to make list really soon. Like tonight! Keep coming with the awesome recipes!

    REPLY: ROCK ON!!! -- Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  • Comment Link Karly Campbell April 19, 2016 posted by Karly Campbell

    I think I'd change my middle name to "cajun pasta" if I could. Honestly, my obsession is getting out of hand. But I don't think that's enough to keep me from trying this recipe... Looks amazing!

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