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Cajun Pasta with a Kick: A Symphony of Spicy Flavors

Cajun Pasta be Poppin

This isn't your ordinary pasta dish. This Cajun Pasta is a vibrant explosion of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you wanting more. Succulent shrimp, juicy chicken, and flavorful andouille sausage come together in a creamy, slightly spicy Cajun sauce, creating a symphony of textures and tastes.

Here's what you'll need to whip up this poppin' Cajun pasta dish (around 4 servings):


  • Protein Powerhouse:
    • 8 oz. deveined and peeled shrimp (about 1 ½ cups)
    • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
    • 2 links andouille sausage, sliced into rounds
  • The Cajun Trinity:
    • 6 Tbsp. unsalted butter, divided
    • 3 Tbsp. Cajun seasoning, divided (adjust to your spice preference)
    • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • Veggie Medley:
    • 1 medium onion, chopped
    • 1 bell pepper, chopped (choose red, yellow, or orange).
  • Pasta Perfection:
    • 1 lb. linguine pasta
    • ⅓ cup reserved pasta water
  • Creamy Cajun Sauce:
    • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
    • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained
    • 2 tsp. minced garlic
    • A sprinkle of magic! Finish with salt and freshly ground black pepper for an extra flavor boost.


  1. Spice Up the Shrimp: Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the shrimp with 1 tablespoon of Cajun seasoning and toss to coat. Saute the shrimp for 2-3 minutes per side, or until cooked through and opaque. Once cooked, transfer the shrimp to a plate and keep them warm while you prepare the rest of the dish.
  2. Brown the Sausage: Add another tablespoon of butter to the skillet. Let it melt, then add the sliced andouille sausage. Saute the sausage for 5-7 minutes, or until nicely browned on all sides. Remove the sausage with a slotted spoon and add it to the plate with the cooked shrimp.
  3. Cajun Chicken: Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter to the skillet. Season the chicken pieces with the remaining 1 tablespoon of Cajun seasoning and toss to coat. Saute the chicken for 5-7 minutes per side, or until cooked through. Once cooked, transfer the chicken to the plate with the shrimp and sausage.
  4. Sautéing the Veggies: Reduce the heat to medium and add the chopped onion and bell pepper to the skillet. Saute the vegetables for 5-7 minutes, or until softened and translucent.
  5. Flavor Boost: Stir in the minced garlic and cook for another 30 seconds, releasing the fragrant aroma of the garlic.
  6. Building the Sauce: Pour in the reserved pasta water and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. This deglazing step adds extra flavor to the sauce. Bring the mixture to a simmer.
  7. Creamy Cajun Dream: Next, add the heavy whipping cream, diced tomatoes with their juices, and dried thyme. Taste test time! Season the sauce with salt and freshly ground black pepper until it reaches its flavor potential. Bring the sauce to a simmer and let it thicken slightly for about 5 minutes.
  8. The Grand Finale: Add the cooked shrimp, chicken, sausage, and drained linguine pasta back to the skillet. Get in there and mix! Combine everything well and heat it through evenly.


  • Shrimp are shy! Don't cook them for too long, or they'll get tough. Look for an opaque color and a gentle firmness when you touch them to see if they're done.
  • Spice it Up or Down: The amount of Cajun seasoning is adjustable according to your preference. Start with less and add more to taste until you reach your desired level of spice.
  • Pasta Perfection: Cook the linguine according to package directions for al dente pasta. This means the pasta should be cooked through but still have a slight bite to it. Reserve some of the pasta water before draining as it will help loosen up the sauce if needed.
  • Veggie Variations: Feel free to add other vegetables to this dish, such as sliced mushrooms, chopped green beans, or zucchini.
  • Protein Play: Don't have shrimp or andouille sausage? No problem! You can substitute with other proteins like sliced chicken thighs, turkey sausage, or even crawfish for a truly Cajun experience.
  • Kick it Up a Notch: If you're feeling adventurous, add a pinch of cayenne pepper or a few dashes of hot sauce to the sauce for an extra kick.

Leftovers and Storage:

  • This Cajun Pasta dish can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • The shrimp and sausage may lose some of their texture upon reheating, but the overall flavor will still be delicious.
  • It's best to reheat the pasta gently over low heat on the stovetop, adding a splash of milk or cream to loosen the sauce if needed.

Final Touches:

  • Presentation: Plate your Cajun Pasta with a sprinkle of chopped fresh parsley or green onions for a pop of color and freshness.
  • Serve it Up: Pair this flavorful pasta dish with a side of crusty bread for dipping into the delicious sauce. Enjoy a glass of your favorite chilled white wine or a cold beer for a complete and satisfying meal.

This Cajun Pasta with a Kick is a surefire way to impress your family and friends. With its vibrant flavors and perfect blend of textures, it's a dish that will leave everyone wanting more. So, grab your ingredients, put on your favorite music, and get ready to create a culinary masterpiece in your own kitchen!