For my son's birthday this week he requested I make his favorite dish which is this Cajun Sausage & Shrimp Pasta. This dinner I would have to say is the one everyone begs for and the day after they fight for the leftovers. Which says a lot...because my silly family doesn't like leftovers (I know crazy!) I double this recipe, just so there will be leftovers and cook it in my big skillet. I found this recipe here and just as she promised it is a real hit. I have added a few ingredients because I recently realized my family loves shrimp. This recipe by no means is something you want to eat if your watching calories because it is chuck full of goodness. Do make this if you want a creamy tasty pasta that is to die for.
You will need the following:
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 lb. smoked sausage cut into bite size pieces
1 cup diced onions
1 bag of frozen raw shrimp 41/50 deveined & tail off (Defrosted)
1 Tbsp. butter
3-4 cloves garlic (minced)
2 cups chicken broth
1 (10 oz.) can Ro-Tel tomatoes & green chilies (mild)
3/4 cup heavy cream
8 oz. penne pasta
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 tsp. Cajun Seasoning (taste sauce for spiciness)
1 1/2 cups Monterey Jack cheese grated
3 scallions chopped
On medium heat in your skillet heat olive oil and sauté the sausage and onions until browned. Don't over cook just watch the onions until they are translucent. Remove from pan and set aside. In the same skillet melt the butter and add the garlic and shrimp, cook until shrimp turns pink 3-4 minutes. Again don't over cook because they will get rubbery. I wish we could get fresh shrimp but the frozen does fine. 41/50 refers to the size, something new I learned.
Add the sausage and onions back to the skillet and add the following:
Broth, Ro-tel, cream, pasta, salt, pepper, and Cajun seasoning. Adding the Cajun spice is a little tricky because it will depend on how spicy you want your pasta and different brands of Cajun spice has different levels of heat. Add a tsp. and taste the sauce and add more to your liking. My family likes the heat and I usually add 3-4 tsps. Cover the skillet and bring this to a boil. Once boiling reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until pasta is tender, about 15 minutes.
We are almost done but I tell you it is worth it. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in 1 cup of the cheese and top with the remaining cheese. Pop it into your oven on broil to melt and brown the cheese. Doesn't it look yummy?
Last step after removing it from the oven add the chopped scallions on top to garnish. This gooey goodness will definitely please your family and might just become your families favorite too.