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Cajun Shrimp Sausage Pasta

Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Pasta is a hearty dish that will satisfy a crowd! Spicy Andouille Sausage, and Cajun Shrimp on top of a creamy bed of noodles and fresh veggies, for a filling weeknight meal that will impress even the pickiest eaters!

Course dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword cajun pasta, cajun sausage pasta, cajun shrimp pasta
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Author Amanda Rettke - iambaker.net

Ingredients

Pasta

  • 1 box (10 ounces) fettucini noodles

Shrimp

  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined and tail removed
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Sausage

  • 6 ounces andouille sausage or smoked sausage, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced thin
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 red peppers, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2-3 tablespoons cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup parmesan
  • fresh chopped parsley, optional

Instructions

Pasta

  1. Add pasta to a large pot of boiling water that has been salted. (Anywhere from 1-2 tablespoons of salt.) Cook to al dente, 8-10 minutes.
  2. Remove pasta from water and drain. Set aside (if you are worried about the noodles sticking together you can toss them in a little bit of oil or butter).

Shrimp

  1. In a bowl, toss shrimp with salt, pepper, and cajun seasoning and make sure it is well coated.
  2. Heat a large skillet (12-inches) over medium-high heat and drizzle olive oil in pan.

  3. Add shrimp and cook for about 2 minutes. Flip shrimp over and cook another minute, or until pink and firm.
  4. Remove shrimp from pan to a plate, set aside.

Sausage

  1. Add the cut-up sausage to the pan you just removed the shrimp from. Cook sausage until lightly browned, about 3-4 minutes each side. Remove from pan to a plate, set aside.

Assembly

  1. In the same pan you cooked the sausage in, lower the leat to medium.

  2. Add 3 tablespoons olive oil and then the chopped zucchini, onion, red pepper, cajun seasoning, and brown sugar. Toss everything together to evenly coat. Cook until the veggies are soft, about 3-5 minutes.

  3. Add minced garlic and cook and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

  4. Add the crushed tomatoes, chicken broth, and heavy cream. Bring to a simmer, stirring and scraping the pan with tongs to get up any brown bits from the bottom. Simmer for about 5 minutes.
  5. Add in parmesan, cooked pasta, shrimp, and sausage. Stir (toss all ingredients together and continue simmering until heated through (about 2-3 minutes).

  6. Serve in skillet and garnish with chopped parsley. (optional)