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Cajun Pasta Recipe

This Cajun pasta recipe is loaded with shrimp and andouille sausage, with lots of flavorful Cajun seasonings, easy to make, a perfect weeknight dinner!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: andouille, cajun, pasta, shrimp, spicy
Servings: 4
Calories: 553kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 stalk celery chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper chopped (optional, for more spicy)
  • 1 small green pepper chopped (or use half a large one)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes (or use equivalent fresh)
  • 4 ounces smoked andouille sausage sliced
  • 1 pound large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning (or more to taste - I usually use 2 tablespoons)
  • 2-3 tablespoons sour cream or crema (optional, for a creamy version)
  • 8 ounces prepared pasta noodles
  • Chopped parsley and chili flakes for serving

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a large pan to medium heat. Add onion, celery and peppers and cook for 5 minutes to soften, stirring.
  • Add garlic and andouille and cook another minute, until the garlic becomes fragrant.
  • Add crushed tomatoes and Cajun seasonings and stir. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes (or longer) to let the flavors develop. You can prepare your pasta while the sauce is simmering.
  • Tuck the shrimp into the sauce and cook for 5 minutes, or until the shrimp is cooked through and nicely pink.
  • When the pasta is ready, drain it but retain 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Stir it into the sauce along with the cooked pasta noodles.
  • If you prefer a CREAMY VERSION, stir in the sour cream or crema at this time.
  • Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and chili flakes and serve.

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Notes

Heat Factor: Medium. The jalapenos will give you a bit of a kick. If you'd like to increase the heat, sprinkle on some spicy chili flakes or add in some hot sauce to the mix.

Nutrition

Calories: 553kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 313mg | Sodium: 1417mg | Potassium: 1051mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1514IU | Vitamin C: 55mg | Calcium: 274mg | Iron: 7mg