Creamy Cajun Pasta

The Perfect Pasta for Fat Tuesday

When you think about Mardi Gras, you may think about the world-famous New Orleans parade, beads and masks. Personally, I think of scrumptious Cajun cooking! Over the past several years, I’ve enhanced this recipe by adding a little bit of this and that from Hiland Dairy to make one amazing creamy pasta dish. Get ready to dig in, Divas!

Creamy Cajun Pasta

Creamy Cajun Pasta Recipe

Ingredients:

Creamy Cajun Pasta Ingredients

  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • 3 Italian sausage links, casing removed and sliced
  • 15 raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning, divided
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Hiland Dairy Butter
  • 1 cup Hiland Dairy Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 cup Hiland Dairy 2% Milk
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pound linguine pasta
  • Parsley, chopped
  • Parmesan cheese, grated

Directions:

In a bowl, coat the chicken with 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning.

Creamy Cajun Pasta Step 1

In a separate bowl, do the same with the shrimp and the other teaspoon of Cajun seasoning. Set aside. In a large pot, boil water and add linguine. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté chicken and sausage until cooked through (about 5 to 7 minutes).

Creamy Cajun Pasta Step 2

Add bell pepper and shrimp.

Creamy Cajun Pasta Step 3

Sauté until shrimp is pink and no longer translucent, and peppers are crisp yet tender (about 3 minutes). Add heavy cream, milk, diced tomatoes, basil, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Bring to boil and simmer for about 5 minutes.

Creamy Cajun Pasta Step 4

Once linguine is cooked per directions on the box, drain it and gradually add the noodles to the cream mixture.

Creamy Cajun Pasta Step 5

Toss until completely coated. Top each serving with grated Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.

Creamy Cajun Pasta Step 6

Print this recipe.

Diva’s Tip

If you want more heat, substitute the can of diced tomatoes with a jar of your favorite chunky hot salsa.

The Dairy Diva

~The Dairy Diva