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Cajun Shrimp Pasta with Red Sauce - Recipe
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Cajun Shrimp Pasta Recipe

This Cajun shrimp pasta is loaded with a blend of Cajun seasonings and succulent shrimp in a spicy red sauce that is huge on flavor and incredibly easy to make.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cajun, pasta, shrimp
Servings: 4
Calories: 446kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 stalk celery chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper chopped
  • 1 serrano pepper chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped basil
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasonings
  • ½ teaspoon ghost pepper seasonings or more if you desire! Optional.
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound shrimp
  • 8 ounces pasta noodles I used spaghetti noodles


  • Heat a large pot to medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the onion, celery and peppers and cook them down about 5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook another minute, stirring.
  • Add the tomatoes, basil and seasonings and bring to a quick boil. Reduce the heat and let the sauce simmer about 20 minutes (or longer) to let the flavors develop.
  • While the sauce is simmering, bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook your noodles to the packaging instructions, about 10 minutes or so to al dente.
  • Tuck the shrimp into the simmering pasta sauce and let them cook through, about 5 minutes.
  • Drain your pasta but reserve about a half cup of the starchy pasta water. Swirl the reserved pasta water into your sauce.
  • Toss the noodles with the sauce and shrimp.
  • Serve into bowls and top with Parmesan cheese, fresh chopped parsley, sliced peppers, and sliced cherry tomatoes.
  • Enjoy!


Serves 4
Heat Factor: HOT, though you can easily adjust your heat levels by omitting the ghost pepper powder. 


Calories: 446kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 285mg | Sodium: 1162mg | Potassium: 953mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 2400IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 269mg | Iron: 6.6mg