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Creamy Cajun Pastalaya

Creamy Cajun Pastalaya - just like jambalaya but better, made with pasta instead and with a creamy sauce and Fontina cheese. Great crowd pleaser and super simple!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Creole
Keyword: pasta jambalaya, pasta recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 529kcal

Ingredients

  • 12 oz dry pasta I used mafalda
  • 8 oz shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2 tbsp cajun spice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 oz chicken breast boneless and skinless, cut into small bite size pieces, about 1 large chicken breast
  • 1 andouille sausage or smoked sausage, cut into slices
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 stalk celery chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper julienned
  • 1/2 green bell pepper julienned
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper julienned
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth low sodium
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp pepper or to taste
  • 1 cup Fontina cheese shredded
  • 3 green onions chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta according to package instructions.
  • Season the shrimp with about 1/2 tbsp of the cajun seasoning and set aside.
  • In a large skillet or Dutch oven heat the olive oil. Add the shrimp and cook on both sides until it turns pink, about 2 min per side, could be less depending on the size of your shrimp. Remove the shrimp from the pot and set aside.
  • Add the chicken and sausage to the pot, and sprinkle about 1 tbsp of the cajun seasoning over the chicken. Stir everything together and cook until the chicken is no longer pink and is cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the onion, celery and garlic to the skillet and cook until the onion becomes translucent, about 3 minutes.
  • Add all the peppers and sprinkle the remaining 1/2 tbsp of cajun seasoning over the peppers, stir well and cook for another 3 minutes.
  • Add the chicken broth and heavy cream to the skillet, stir and season with salt and pepper if needed. Add the shrimp back to the pot. Bring the sauce to a boil, then add the cooked pasta and about 1/2 cup of the shredded Fontina cheese. Stir everything together.
  • Remove from heat, then garnish with the remaining Fontina cheese, green onions and parsley. The pasta will continue to soak up the sauce.
  • Serve immediately. Refrigerate leftover for up to 3 days.

Notes

  1. I used Mafalda pasta in this recipe, but you can use any type that you like. This recipe works best with shorter types like penne, rotini, or farfalle. 
  2. You should be able to find andouille sausage in the deli section of your local grocery store. If you can't, then any type of smoked sausage or chorizo will work.
  3. Fontina cheese is known for its earthy, mushroomy and woody taste. If you don't like Fontina cheese, feel free to use a Mozzarella or even a Monterey Jack cheese.
  4. Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.

Nutrition

Calories: 529kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 175mg | Sodium: 833mg | Potassium: 558mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2180IU | Vitamin C: 45.5mg | Calcium: 224mg | Iron: 2.8mg