Cajun Shrimp Pasta

My kids are shrimp obsessed.
And my kids are noodle obsessed.
So when I make noodles and shrimp together in one meal, they are super pumped!
This little supper can be on your table in minutes.  Really and truly, what takes the longest in making this dinner is waiting for the water to boil.  This is a light supper for your warmer nights.  
And one last thing…don’t be scared about the heat level in this dish.  You control the heat!  My recipe is flavorful but mild enough for kiddos.  If you think you’d like more heat, add more seasoning.  How hot you like it is up to you!
This entree serves 4 adults.  Cajun seasoning blends are found on the spice aisle.  
Shopping List
1 pound of pasta (we used linguine)
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon of Cajun seasoning (or you can use more)
1 1/2 pounds of peeled and deveined shrimp
1 big splash of heavy cream, whipping cream, half and half or milk
about two handfuls of basil, torn
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
salt and pepper
Bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium-high heat.  Drop your pasta and cook until al dente (about 6 or 7 minutes).
Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium high heat, add in a tablespoon or so of EVOO and your chopped onion.  Saute about 4 or 5 minutes and then add in a big pinch of salt and pepper.  Add in your garlic and red bell pepper.  Saute another minute or two.  Next, add in your shrimp and Cajun seasoning.  Cook about 3 or 4 minutes.
Remove about a cup of the water from your pasta pot and reserve off to the side.  Drain the rest of your water off of your pasta and add the hot pasta to the shrimp skillet.  Add in your reserved cup of water and toss everything (the starchy cooking water will help everything come together).  Finally, stir in a big splash of cream or milk and then add your torn basil.
Remove from heat and serve.
One big skillet of perfect pasta.
So quick, so simple, so flavorful and so delicious!
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  • Anonymous June 9, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Husband not a big fan of pasta but I am going to try this. Can you use frozen shrimp if fresh is not available?

  • Christine June 9, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Happy Birthday Ashby!! I hope she has a wonderful birthday!!

    Our daughter was also born in China. Her birthday is also estimated. Her first birthday with us (age 2) was a very emotional one for me on so many levels. I literally was a ball of tears the night before wondering what her birth mother was doing/thinking. I wondered if she knew that the little baby she left was so loved and dreamed of.

    I do worry about future school projects that have to do with the day you were born. I guess we will just tackle them as they come.

    My daughter is now 5 and we havent yet brought up the subject about an estimated birthday. Maybe we should. I do think/hope that she will understand.

    She does know that she grew in my heart and her birth mother's tummy and she knows that she is so loved and being loved is the most important thing.

    I hope you have a great "first" birthday celebration together!

    Happy Birthday to your sweet baby girl!


  • Mix and Match Mama June 9, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Yes! Run frozen shrimp under water to defrost and add it in. Enjoy :).

  • KellyinPA June 9, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    I wish my kids liked shrimp! My husband and I do so I when I make recipes like this, I just give them the pasta. That way we all can have what we like:) Happy Birthday to your sweet Ashby!!

  • Shayla Dick August 5, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Just made this for dinner tonight and it was a hit! I will definitely be making this dish over and over again and it’s so simple and so tasty!

  • RyAnn September 6, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    We eat this at least once a month now. It’s a huge hit in our house! Thank you!!