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Creamy Cajun Pasta

Creamy Cajun Pasta

Shrimp and andouille sausage really make this. But if you prefer chicken - go for it. Only veggies? That'll work too. What I'm saying is for you to make it your own.

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1.5 pounds raw, peeled and deveined shrimp, ideally something large-ish like 16/20's would be great
  • Oil
  • Butter
  • 1 pound fully cooked andouille sausage, cut into 1/4 inch rounds
  • 3/4 cup diced green pepper
  • 3/4 cup diced red pepper
  • 3/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste, or a couple cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle chili paste, or tomato paste
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated or shredded
  • 16 ounces of your favorite cooked pasta (I used Rigatoni)

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside
  2. Combine paprika, garlic powder, oregano, onion powder, salt & pepper and cayenne - mix well to combine
  3. Put shrimp in a large bowl, add about a tablespoon of oil and a couple tablespoons of the seasoning - mix well to combine
  4. Heat a large pan to medium/high, put in about 1.5 tablespoons oil, and when almost smoking add the shrimp and cook on both sides until just done, maybe a couple of minutes total - then remove and set aside
  5. Add another tablespoon of oil, then the sausage - mixing well to let it swim in the leftover seasoning and deliciousness for a couple minutes, then remove to the shrimp plate
  6. Add a bit more oil, then the peppers and onion - cook, stirring often until softened about 3 minutes
  7. Put in the cream, stir well to mix then add the Parmesan, a little at a time until it's all in then bring back the shrimp & sausage
  8. Add cooked pasta, stir well until thickened, and everything is beautifully coated
  9. Serve
Creamy Cajun Pasta

Creamy Cajun Pasta

Shrimp and andouille sausage really make this. But if you prefer chicken - go for it. Only veggies? That'll work too. What I'm saying is for you to make it your own.

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1.5 pounds raw, peeled and deveined shrimp, ideally something large-ish like 16/20's would be great
  • Oil
  • Butter
  • 1 pound fully cooked andouille sausage, cut into 1/4 inch rounds
  • 3/4 cup diced green pepper
  • 3/4 cup diced red pepper
  • 3/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste, or a couple cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle chili paste, or tomato paste
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated or shredded
  • 16 ounces of your favorite cooked pasta (I used Rigatoni)

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside
  2. Combine paprika, garlic powder, oregano, onion powder, salt & pepper and cayenne - mix well to combine
  3. Put shrimp in a large bowl, add about a tablespoon of oil and a couple tablespoons of the seasoning - mix well to combine
  4. Heat a large pan to medium/high, put in about 1.5 tablespoons oil, and when almost smoking add the shrimp and cook on both sides until just done, maybe a couple of minutes total - then remove and set aside
  5. Add another tablespoon of oil, then the sausage - mixing well to let it swim in the leftover seasoning and deliciousness for a couple minutes, then remove to the shrimp plate
  6. Add a bit more oil, then the peppers and onion - cook, stirring often until softened about 3 minutes
  7. Put in the cream, stir well to mix then add the Parmesan, a little at a time until it's all in then bring back the shrimp & sausage
  8. Add cooked pasta, stir well until thickened, and everything is beautifully coated
  9. Serve