Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta with Sausage
This Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta with Sausage is ready and on the table in 30 minutes. It’s spicy and creamy with cajun flavored shrimp and roasted red bell pepper chicken sausage.
Why you'll love this recipe:
- This Cajun pasta recipe is ready in under 30 minutes with minimal prep required.
- This dish has great flavor and heat, which do not overwhelm the other.
- Quickly whip up this recipe for guests and blow them away.
- Use the Cajun Seasoning on other things like salmon or chicken.
- You can swap the sausage with any of your favorite flavors.
- Add zoodles and other vegetables to the creamy cajun shrimp pasta with sausage as desired.
How to make cajun seasoning at home
These are the main ingredients in the cajun seasoning. This recipe will make more than the Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta with Sausage requires but save it and add to other proteins like chicken or make my favorite Cajun Salmon Pasta.
Mix Smoked Paprika (you can use regular paprika but smoked is recommended for this recipe), Salt, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Oregano, Cayenne Pepper and fresh cracked black pepper in a bowl. This seasoning is great with the creamy cajun shrimp pasta with sausage and would be terrific on the Air Fryer Blackened Chicken. To make this recipe less spicy use 1/2 Tbsp. vs. full Tbsp. of cayenne pepper in the seasoning.
Buying frozen shrimp
I swear by Waterfront Bistro frozen shrimp. I find it at my local Carrs (Safeway chain). I’ve never had a bad experience using this brand and suggest it with all my shrimp recipes including this creamy cajun shrimp pasta with sausage recipe.
Some of my favorite shrimp recipes:
What other sausage can I use?
This creamy cajun shrimp pasta with sausage recipe uses Roasted Red Pepper and Garlic chicken sausage but here are some alternatives that would taste great.
Is this good for meal prep?
This creamy cajun shrimp pasta with sausage is great for meal prep. You can keep your shrimp and assuage out of the pasta if desired and add to meal prep containers along with the pasta for a perfectly portioned meal prep.
Ingredients and Substitutes:
These are the main ingredients and substitutions. See recipe card below for full ingredients list and instructions for Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta with Sausage.
Shrimp: for this shrimp recipe I am using Waterfront Bistro frozen shrimp. You can substitute with fresh or another favorite protein like chicken.
Sausage: this recipe calls for Roasted Red Bell Pepper and Garlic Chicken Sausage. I like the brand Open Nature but you can substitute with any sausage links.
Bowtie Pasta: any preferred noodle works as well as gluten free. I prefer this dish with bowtie as the size works great with the shrimp and sausage. The pasta is weighed uncooked prior to cooking. Cooked and uncooked pasta noodles weigh different. If you need to lower the carbs use half the amount of pasta and substitute the other half with zoodles or healthy noodles.
Cajun Seasoning: you can use your favorite cajun seasoning or make the home made sugar free version here.
Half and Half: this recipe calls for fat free half and half. You can substitute with a 50/50 milk and cream, milk and cornstarch to make it thicker, heavy cream or full fat half and half. I would not recommend trying this with almond or coconut milk.
All Purpose Flour: this recipe used 2 Tbsp. of all purpose flour to create the roux. You can use arrowroot powder or gluten free flour.
Butter: butter is used to make the roux of this recipe but you can substitute with olive oil as needed.
Parmesan and Romano Cheese: if you cannot find a bag of shredded parmesan and Romano cheese use all parmesan will work for the creamy cajun shrimp pasta with sausage recipe.
How to make this Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta with Sausage recipe
Prep your frozen shrimp by placing it in a bowl of luke warm water to defrost.
In a small bowl mix together all Cajun seasonings and set aside.
Boil a pot of water and cook your bowtie pasta according to the package. When draining the pasta I like to leave a little water in as I add it to the pasta sauce to keep the sauce creamy.
While the pasta boils add 1 Tbsp. of oil to a pan over medium. Add 1 Tbsp. Cajun seasoning to the bowl of thawed shrimp and mix together well. Chop your sausage into bite size pieces. Add the shrimp to the hot pan and sear on one side for a few minutes. Flip and add the sausage. Cook until the shrimp is no longer translucent and fully cooked. Remove the shrimp and sausage from the pan and set aside.
In the same pan you cooked the shrimp and sausage add in 2 Tbsp. of butter. Once the butter has melted add garlic and simmer until you begin to smell the garlic. Add 2 Tbsp. flour and stir until you have a thick paste, or roux.
Slowly add the half and half a little as a time to the roux and whisk until the flour is no longer chunky and the sauce begins to thicken. This takes approximately 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.
Add 1 Tbsp. Cajun seasoning to the sauce and stir together well. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of cheese in the sauce and mix together well.
Add the cooked and drained noodles to the sauce and mix together to evenly coat. I like to keep a small amount of water in the pasta so that it keeps the sauce creamy.
Add the shrimp and sausage directly to the pasta and mix together well to coat. Top with chopped parsley and enjoy your quick and creamy cajun shrimp pasta with sausage.
This recipe makes 6 servings of Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta with Sausage. You will need to measure your final cooked pasta dish and divide by the number or servings for the must accurate measurements per serving.
Nutrition facts for pasta only: 262 calories 10 P / 42 C / 6 F
Nutrition facts with shrimp and sausage: 444 calories 38 P / 43 C / 13 F
How to serve
You can serve the Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta with Sausage alone or with a side salad.
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“ohsnapmacros Creamy Cajun
Shrimp Pasta with Sausage”
|1 lbs. frozen medium size shrimp (deveined with tails off Waterfront Bistro brand)|
|4 Roasted Red Pepper and Garlic Chicken Sausage Links (Open Nature Brand)|
|10 oz. Bow Tie Pasta, Farfalle (Barilla uncooked)|
|1 Tbsp. Olive Oil|
|2 Tbsp. butter|
|1 garlic clove, minced|
|2 Tbsp. All-Purpose Flour|
|1 1/3 cup (300ml) Fat Free Half and Half|
|1/4 cup (28g) Parmesan & Romano Shredded Cheese|
|1 Tbsp. Cajun Seasoning (for shrimp)|
|1 Tbsp. Cajun Seasoning (for sauce)|
|Chopped Parsley for garnish|
|3 Tbsp. Smoked Paprika|
|1.5 Tbsp, Salt|
|2 Tbsp. Garlic Powder|
|1 Tbsp. Onion Powder|
|1 Tbsp. dried Oregano|
|1 Tbsp. Cayenne Pepper|
|1 tsp. fresh ground black pepper|