Get Your Spice On
A cajun pasta with chicken and sausage
I’m not one for spicy foods, never have, and never will. There are times when I can bite my tongue (or rather taste buds) and deal with some spiciness, as long as I have a glass of water next to me. As long as I can remember, I’ve always been a rather picky eater, but have come to find out that my husband is much pickier than I am, except when it comes to spicy food. He will stick an entire pepper in his mouth (some exaggeration incurred). So, when I’m making my meal plan for the week, I try to incorporate dishes that he’ll enjoy as well. We try not to eat too much pasta during the week, so I’ll usually only include one or two pasta meals each month. This month, I decided to make this flavor blasting cajun pasta. It is packed with spicy cajun flavors from the spice as well as the spicy smoked sausage. Best part is ::drum roll please:: it is a one pot meal! YES! My favorite part, as always. A less mess meal.
- 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 pound of chicken, cut into bite sized pieces
- 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 14 oz smoked sausage, sliced on the diagonal
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 quart of low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 1/2 cups of heavy cream
- 1 pound of dried penne pasta (I used gluten free)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of Cajun seasoning plus more for topping
- 4 oz of freshly shredded parmesan cheese
- 1 cup of Italian flat leaf parsley, minced
- In a large covered pot, season chicken with salt and pepper and brown in olive oil over medium high heat.
- Add sausage and continue to cook until lightly browned.
- Stir in garlic and cook for for about two minutes.
- Add chicken broth, heavy cream, dried pasta and cajun seasoning to pot.
- Stir together and bring to a simmer over medium high heat.
- Reduce heat to low and let cook covered for 15-20 minutes, or until pasta is tender.
- Remove pot from heat and stir in parmesan cheese.
- Stir in chopped parsley and sprinkle with additional cajun seasoning to taste.
Throw Some Beads and Enjoy
This cajun meal had me going back for seconds and thirds. It was a huge hit with my husband as well. It’s meals like this one that make me feel like I know what I’m doing in the kitchen.
Original recipe found here