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One Pot Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta with Sausage

One Pot Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta with Sausage is an easy and delicious weeknight one pot pasta dinner recipe. It's spicy and creamy with sauteed shrimp, smoky andouille sausage, and linguini pasta. Full of bold and mouth watering flavours, simple and quick to pull together it's one the whole family with enjoy!

One Pot Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta with Sausage

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One Pot Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta with Sausage is an easy and delicious weeknight one pot pasta dinner recipe. It’s spicy and creamy with sauteed shrimp, smoky andouille sausage, and linguini pasta. Full of bold and mouth watering flavours, simple and quick to pull together it’s one the whole family with enjoy!

One Pot Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta with Sausage in pot with fork

One Pot Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta with Sausage

This is the perfect weeknight recipe for a family, or for individuals looking to enjoy leftovers the next day. The flavours are bold, delicious, has the perfect amount of spice yet creamy at the same time. I love serving this dish with a side of toasted buttery garlic bread and adding on garnishes like parmesan and fresh parsley.

Here are some other reasons why I love this One Pot Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta with Sausage recipe:

  • Very minimal cleanup, as everything is prepared in the same pot
  • Easily switch out sausage and shrimp to your preferred protein – try chicken, extra veggies, crispy tofu
  • Perfect recipe to batch cook and carry for leftover lunch the next day

Check Out These Other One Pot Dinner Recipes

  1. Easy One Pot Cajun Shrimp & Rice
  2. One Pot Italian Sausage, Spinach & Cheese Tortellini
  3. Healthy Hearty Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup
One Pot Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta with Sausage in Skillet

What You Need to Make Cajun Shrimp Pasta with Sausage

  • 1lb Shrimp
  • 1lb Andouille, Smoked or Schneiders Spicy Sicilian Smoked Sausage
  • Fettuccine Pasta
  • Olive Oil
  • Cajun or Creole Seasoning
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Granulated White Sugar
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Dried Oregano
  • Dried Parsley Flakes
  • Cayenne Pepper (optional)
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Freshly Grated Parmesan
  • Fresh Parsley
  • Salt & Black Pepper
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Chicken Broth
  • Cream
  • Crushed Tomatoes
  • Worcestershire Sauce

Equipment

Large Skillet or Saute Pan, Large Wooden Spoon & Tongs

One Pot Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta with Sausage

How to Make Cajun Shrimp Pasta with Sausage

1. Prepare all Ingredients – ensure all ingredients are nearby as things will come together fairly quickly.

2. Season and Sauté Shrimp & Sausage – season, saute, and remove from pan your the shrimp. Add your sausage and cook until browned and nicely caramelized, then remove and set aside.

3. Make Creamy Cajun Sauce – in the same skillet, add your onions and garlic, saute until transparent and fragrant, then add liquids – chicken stock, cream, crushed tomatoes and worcestershire sauce. Add in your seasoning, cajun seasoning, granulated white sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, dried parsley flakes, cayenne pepper (optional), smoked paprika, salt, and freshly ground black pepper.

4. Add Parmesan and Allow to Simmer – lastly add your parmesan cheese, allow to simmer until blended then add back your pasta and sausage then shrimp. Mix together until incorporated using a tong, garnish with more parmesan and fresh parsley, serve and enjoy.

TSS Note – sugar cuts the acidity of the tomatoes and creates an overall more balanced sauce

One Pot Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta with Sausage with fork

What’s Cajun Seasoning?

It’s a seasoning blend originating in southern America, but mainly Louisiana. The seasoning is a spicy blend featuring paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, peppers, oregano and thyme.

What is the Difference Between Cajun and Creole Seasoning?

Cajun and Creole seasoning are often used interchangeably however, there are difference between the two very delicious blends. Cajun seasoning often consists of a variety of ground pepper such as black pepper, white pepper and cayenne. Whereas, Creole seasoning often contains more herbal ingredients such as thyme, rosemary and oregano.

Why Cook Pasta Separately?

A true one pot dish, uses only one pot of course! However, this recipe uses two. Although this recipe can be made in one pot (dumping dry pasta, water/broth, and all other ingredients into on pot), it lends a much greater taste and consistency if you do it separately. Reason being, if your pasta cooks in the sauce all the starches from the pasta that normally release into the water will now be in the sauce often leading to a thicker more gloppy final dish.

One Pot Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta with Sausage Recipe Variations

Although this recipe calls for shrimp and sausage, feel free to make the following changes:

  • Use chicken instead of shrimp or sausage
  • Make it vegetarian and omit the shrimp and sausage and opt for mushrooms and added veggies like broccoli
  • Prefer a milder taste, omit the cayenne pepper

See My Story Below for Step-by-Step Instructions!

What Type of Shrimp to Buy

  • Wild Caught Shrimp – look for medium or large wild caught shrimp as opposed to farm-raised for the best flavor and texture.
  • Raw Deveined Shrimp – opt for raw (not precooked), peeled and deveined shrimp. This will save you loads of time, as the only prep you need is to defrost and season the shrimp.
  • Frozen Shrimp – frozen shrimp is frozen shortly after it’s caught which means it’s frozen at peak freshness! It’s often more economical and quite easy to find. Also, shrimp behind the counter is typically frozen and thawed in most cases.

How Do I Defrost Shrimp?

Here are two options for how you can defrost shrimp:

  • Refrigerate Overnight Method (Easy): one of the simplest ways to defrost shrimp is in your refrigerator overnight. Simply remove the desired amount of frozen shrimp, place in a covered bowl and let them defrost in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Cold Water Method (Quick): the quickest way to defrost shrimp is to add the desired amount of shrimp to a large enough bowl, then fill the bowl with cold tap water and let it sit for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, replace the water with new cold tap water and allow the shrimp to sit once again – repeat after 10 minutes if needed until fully thawed.

How Long Does Defrosted Shrimp Last in the Refrigerator?

After you have defrosted your shrimp, store them in the fridge for 1 to 2 days.

What’s the Easiest Way to Peel and Devein Shrimp?

It is highly recommended that you purchase shrimp that is already peeled and deveined. However, in the event that you purchase shrimp that is not, follow these simple steps to get the job done:

  1. Pull Off Head and Legs – if applicable, pull off the head and the legs.
  2. Remove Shell – . remove, starting on the head end, the outer shell leaving the tail attached if desired.
  3. Remove and Discard Vein – locate the vein in the shrimp running along its back (also underneath – however this is optional) and make a shallow cut about 1/4 inch deep and use the tip of the knife to lift it out and discard.
  4. Rinse & Rest – rinse the shrimp and lay on a paper towel to dry until ready to use.

TSS Good to Know – larger shrimp often have grittier veins, which can have an unappealing texture and look.

Should I Cook Shrimp with Tail On or Off?

You can cook shrimp with the tail on or off, depending on your personal preference. However, much like meat bones, the shell and tail of the shrimp contain much flavour which adds to the overall taste of the dish.

How to Know When Shrimp is Done Cooking?

Shrimp like most seafood cook fairly fast around 2-3 minutes per side, as opposed to other kinds of protein. There are two visual cues you can use to ensure you don’t overcook your shrimp – colour and shape.

Colour – when done, shrimp turn pink and opaque in colour with some pink and bright red accents as opposed to their translucent gray raw state. Remove the shrimp from the heat source once it is fully opaque without any gray left.

Shape – as shrimp cook, their muscle contract which cause them to curl this is the second indicator of doneness. Often it is said that perfectly cooked shrimp have “C” shape while over cooked shrimp have an “O” shape. However, most shrimp unless using jumbo shrimp can be perfectly cooked with a “C” shrimp as well. Once your shrimp begin to curl, they are usually done cooking.

One Pot Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta with Sausage

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One Pot Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta with Sausage

One Pot Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta with Sausage

One Pot Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta with Sausage is an easy and delicious weeknight one pot pasta dinner recipe. It’s spicy and creamy with sauteed shrimp, smoky andouille sausage, and linguini pasta. Full of bold and mouth watering flavours, simple and quick to pull together it’s one the whole family with enjoy!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Dishes & Entrees, Noodles & Pasta
Cuisine American
Servings 5 servings

Equipment

  • Large Skillet or Sauté Pan
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Tongs

Ingredients
  

Shrimp

  • 1 lb Shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2 tbsp Cajun or Creole Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp Salt more or less to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper

One Pot Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta with Sausage

  • 1-2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 lb Smoked Sausage Andouille or Schneiders Spicy Sicilian Smoked Sausage, sliced
  • 454 g Fettuccine Pasta
  • 1 Onion large, julienned
  • 6 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 3/4 cup Heavy (Whipping) or Half & Half Cream
  • 2 cups Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3 Sprigs Fresh Thyme
  • 2 tbsp Cajun or Creole Seasoning
  • 2 tbsp Granulated White Sugar
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Dried Parsley Flakes
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper optional, more or less to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Salt more or less to taste
  • 1/4 cup Freshly Grated Parmesan plus more for garnish
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Chopped Parsley for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Season shrimp with cajun seasoning, salt and freshly ground black pepper until well coated. Then, slice sausage, cut onions, mince garlic and set aside. Then heat a large pot of water, add pasta to boiling water and cook pasta according to package instructions or until al dente.
  • Heat a large skillet or sauté pan over medium high heat and drizzle with 1 tbsp of olive oil. Add shrimp and cook for 2-4 minutes, flipping at the halfway point. Transfer to a plate and set aside. Add sausage (add a little more olive oil if needed) and brown sausage until caramelized on both sides, around 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  • If needed add another drizzle of olive oil to the pan, and sauté onions, garlic, and thyme until fragrant and softened. Add chicken broth, cream, crushed tomatoes, worcestershire sauce. Stir until combined and bring to a simmer scraping up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan.
  • Continue to allow sauce to simmer, and season with cajun seasoning, granulated white sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, dried parsley flakes, cayenne pepper (optional), smoked paprika, salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Stir until well combined and allow to simmer on medium heat for 5 minutes.
  • Add in parmesan cheese, and continue to stir occasionally for another 5 minutes. Then add in cooked pasta and sausage stirring to combine and heated through around 2 – 3 minutes. Then add shrimp, stir and remove from heat. Garnish with fresh parsley, fresh cracked black pepper and more parmesan cheese if desired.

Notes

Simmer, Simmer – the longer you simmer, the more the flavours will come out. Allow a few minutes in-between steps for the sauce to come to life.
Why Sugar – the sugar cuts the acidity of the tomatoes and creates an overall more balanced sauce.
See detailed notes above for additional tips.
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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Randy B
    November 3, 2020 at 7:16 pm

    Where are the Worcester sauce and thyme sprigs to be used?

    • Reply
      Taneisha Morris
      November 3, 2020 at 10:30 pm

      Hi Randy, the thyme sprigs are to be added when sauteeing the onions and garlic, the worcestershire sauce to be added with the chicken broth, cream, and crushed tomatoes. Thank you so much, everything should be reflected now. Enjoy!

  • Reply
    Jannet
    December 1, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    Hi, what type of “cream” do you recommend?

    • Reply
      Taneisha Morris
      December 1, 2020 at 12:59 pm

      Hi Jannet! You can use either heavy cream (35% fat) – what I used and recommend, or half & half. The higher the fat content in the cream, the richer the sauce (also thicker). Using heavy whipping cream is just as delicious as using half and half – it’s totally up to you!

  • Reply
    Hawa
    December 20, 2020 at 4:42 am

    I’m gonna call Taneisha the queen of shrimps. Because she can deliver recipes with shrimps so delicious, she deserves this title. The Cajun seasoning elevated this dish, I never tried it and wow, now I’m adding it to my cart every single time. Also this dish was so easy and quick to make, which is very important for a mom of 2 like me. The kids approved it also another very important criteria.

    Don’t think, just do it!

    • Reply
      Taneisha Morris
      February 1, 2022 at 12:32 am

      Hawa! You review left my heart so full of joy! I loved reading how you and your family enjoyed this recipe & yes, I love a good shrimp recipe!! Thank you for taking the time to leave such a beautiful review!!

  • Reply
    Kendra
    December 20, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    This was so good! It was flavorful and came together quickly.

    • Reply
      Taneisha Morris
      February 1, 2022 at 12:32 am

      Thank you so much Kendra for the review! I’m so happy you enjoyed!!

  • Reply
    Mary
    February 1, 2022 at 12:37 am

    5 stars
    Such a good recipe omg! Everyone loved it. Had so much flavour we really really enjoyed. 5 stars

    • Reply
      Taneisha Morris
      February 1, 2022 at 12:38 am

      Hi Mary! So happy you enjoyed – love hearing these kind of reviews & love that you gave it 5 stars!! Thanks so much!!

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