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Cajun Shrimp Pasta

Liza Graves
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Cuisine Cajun
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper diced
  • 2 celery stalks diced
  • 1 pound raw shrimp thawed if frozen (I prefer the jumbo Simple Truth brand by Kroger)
  • 1/2 pound andouille sausage
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes use Cento, San Marzano or Simple Truth brand, no salt added
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • A small handful of green onions and Italian parsley diced (more for color than flavor)
  • Salt & pepper to taste if needed!
  • 12 oz Tinkyada rotini pasta gluten-free or any other rotini pasta of your choice
  • Hot sauce if desired

Instructions
 

  • Use a large stockpot to boil water for the pasta. Once at a rapid boil, cook pasta per the directions on the pasta package.
  • While you're waiting for the water to boil, chop the celery, bell pepper and onion (this is the "holy trinity" of Cajun cooking).
  • In a large saucepan, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and cook the vegetables. While the vegetables are cooking, dice up the sausage, add to the vegetables and cook until sausage is heated all the way through and vegetables are soft. Add 1 tablespoon of Cajun seasoning and 1 cup of crushed tomatoes. Stir. Remove from heat.
  • Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Once hot, add the shrimp and 1 tablespoon of Cajun seasoning and cook shrimp (approximately 3 minutes), stirring often.
  • Combine the two once cooked. Add a cup of heavy cream and half the green onions and parsley. Taste and add salt, pepper or more cajun seasoning based on your preference.
  • When the pasta is finished cooking, drain pasta and place in a large bowl. Add shrimp/vegetable/sausage mixture on top. Garnish with remaining parsley, green onions, and black pepper, and serve immediately.
  • Serve with hot sauce.

Notes

Want a vegetarian option? Replace shrimp and sausage with zucchini, shiitake mushrooms and several varieties of bell peppers. Delicious!
Want a vegan option? Do the vegetarian option above and eliminate the cream.
Want a keto option? Serve over riced cauliflower instead of pasta.
Want a paleo option? Don't use cream and serve over riced cauliflower.
Want less cream? Use less.
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