I have loved Cajun food for as long as I can remember. I grew up in Southwest Arkansas and lived a couple miles from the Louisiana line so a lot of our food was Cajun inspired. My Dad put Tony Chachere’s Cajun seasoning on everything we ate and I still do to this day. I eat it on chicken, veggies, in soups, on garlic bread, and even on my eggs in the morning! Trust me, its good stuff.
As much as I love Cajun food I may love pasta even more so any recipe that combines the two is a win in my book! I have been making my not-so-famous One Pot Cajun Pasta for a few years now and it is always a huge hit with my friends. I love that you can put whatever meat you want in it and it still tastes good. I usually use chicken and sausage because that it what I usually always have on hand. I have also made it with chicken and shrimp and shrimp and crawfish before and it is good no matter what meat combo you use!
Now this is a one pot dish but despite the name you don’t just throw everything in to the pot and hope for the best, there is actually a method to the madness. So let’s get to it!
First you cook both the chicken and sausage through with some Cajun seasoning and then you add the veggies. I use red, green and yellow bell peppers, an onion, 3 cloves of fresh garlic and some sliced mushrooms. You can totally add more veggies or substitute any of these for something else, this is just what I like!
When the veggies get soft you add in the dry pasta and chicken broth and stir, stir, stir! I tried that pot sized pasta the last time when I made this recipe and I have to say that I really loved it! no more breaking pasta and having it all different sizes! You bring all of that to a boil and then let it simmer for 10 minutes while making sure to stir it a lot so the pasta doesn’t stick!
After 10 minutes, or when most of the liquid is gone, you add in the heavy whipping cream (my fave) and Parmesan cheese and keep stirring. I turn the stove off at this point and let it sit for a few minutes to let it thicken up a little.
After that you just dish it up and eat! You can eat it plain or top it with green onions, more Parm, and it you’re feeling frisky a little more Tony Chachere’s. I always add a little more Tony’s…HA!!
So there you have it, my secrets to a super yummy, super easy, One Pot Cajun Pasta! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!!
Ricci is an Respiratory Therapist by day and a lobgger by night. She loves big hair, anything monogrammed, traveling and living in the natural state. She has one fur child, a dog named Sophie, and thoroughly enjoys being the “cool Aunt” to her many nieces and nephews. You can catch up with her on her lifestyle blog, Ricci Alexis, or find on any social media platform as @riccialexis