I’ve mentioned what may be my favorite pinterest meal on here before: creamy Cajun pasta. At this point, we’ve made it so many times since we discovered it that I thought I’d share it as I make it since I’ve customized it a bit for my family. It’s one of those rare meals that all five of us love – even picky Jenny.
Here’s a link to the original recipe at Cook Like a Champion. And here’s how I make it:
1 pound ground Italian sausage
1 pound Farfalle pasta
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 small onion, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup chicken broth
3 tablespoons tomato paste
This recipe pulls together pretty quickly, so I go ahead and start the heating the water to boil first thing. I swear our stovetop takes longer to boil than anything else. Once that’s going, I start browning the sausage. The biggest difference between our version and the original is that we use ground sausage. And it’s delicious! I think it really gets its flavor into the sauce.
Exciting, right? We like it nice and brown. Once browned, remove it to a plate so you can make the sauce.
Add a couple tablespoons of oil to the brown sausage bits and warm them up to saute the onions and garlic.
We love the flavor of onions in this (onions are one of my baby’s favorite foods – weird, right?), so we use a lot, but you could easily use less.
Once the onions and garlic are browned, deglaze the skillet with the chicken broth. (The original recipe called for white wine, but we’re a no alcohol house. Either works!) Once deglazed, add Cajun seasoning, paprika, salt, pepper and tomato paste.
Then add the cream – I think it looks so pretty when it’s added to the sauce because I’m a weirdo.
All mixed in and reduced a bit:
Then add the sausage back into the pretty sauce.
And then the pasta that should be all finished by this point.
And then start eating up because it’s so seriously creamy and delicious! Delicious, quick and easy – my favorite combination!
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