My time living in New Orleans taught me a lot of things. Cooking a few awesome dishes was one of them.
Note: If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit New Orleans, make it a part of your bucket list. The people, food, music, and culture are all worth it!
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With it being a bit rainy out today, I decided to take a break from working at home to do a little experimenting in the kitchen. Luckily, I had some ingredients in my pantry and refrigerator to make this Creole inspired dish from scratch.
My friends know that I love Creole/Cajun foods. Gumbo is one of my all time favorite (and most expensive) dishes to make. And, I only do it about once a year. However, this easy (and inexpensive) dish is easy to prepare and enjoy.
I call it my Easy Cajun Pasta.
- Olive oil
- 10 Garlic cloves (What can I say… I love garlic!)
- 1/2 Cup onions
- 1/2 Cup green shallots
- 3-4 Thai chilies
- 1 Tsp ground cayenne pepper
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 1 Tbsp of tomato paste
- 1/2 Cup of your favorite tomato sauce
- 1/2 Pound of fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
- An all-purpose Cajun seasoning (Tony Chachere’s is my choice)
- 4 Cups of cooked spaghetti
First, prepare your pasta as you usually do. I like a thin spaghetti al dente.
Next, in a separate skillet, saute the onions, green shallots, garlic, and chilies in olive oil until tender. Then add your butter, tomato paste and your favorite sauce.
Cook on a low heat for about 10 minutes to allow the flavors to marinate. Add Cajun seasoning and cayenne pepper to taste.
Last, add your pasta and shrimp over low heat until shrimp are pink. Voila… Easy Cajun Pasta!
Have you prepared an original dish with things you have on hand? Comment below, and let us know!