Saturday, April 27, 2019

#Cajun Shrimp Pasta by @Denise Swanson

My husband and I enjoy Cajun flavors and this recipe is perfect for a meatless Friday during Lent. After tasting it, I think I’m also going to try it with tofu and chicken as the protein.

6 ounces linguine or fettuccine or spaghetti
 1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided

 1 cup chopped onion
 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
 1/2 cup thinly sliced celery

1/2 teaspoon thyme
 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
 5 garlic cloves, minced
 3/4 teaspoon salt
 2 bay leaves
 1 (14.5-ounce) can unsalted diced tomatoes, undrained
 1/2 cup half-and-half

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/3 cup pasta cooking liquid.

 Combine Cajun seasoning and shrimp in a medium bowl and toss to coat. It’s going to look like you don’t have enough seasoning, but trust me you don’t want to add more.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.Pour 1 tablespoon oil into pan and swirl to coat. Add shrimp mixture to pan and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until shrimp are done. Remove shrimp mixture from pan.

Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan and swirl. Add onion, bell pepper, celery, and thyme. Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

Add red pepper and garlic. Cook 3 minutes. Add reserved 1/3 cup cooking liquid, salt, bay leaves, and tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. It should thicken slightly. Discard bay leaves. 

Remove pan from heat, stir in shrimp, and pasta. Stir in half-and-half. Cook 1 minute over medium heat or until heated.

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  1. What is in Cajun seasoning?
    Sounds like a shrimp jambalaya cousin.

  2. It's a mixture of various spices packaged under the name of Cajun seasoning. Sort of like a Mrs. Dash but with Cajun flavors.

  3. I love shrimp and Cajun seasoning! Thanks for sharing this tasty recipe, Denise!