Quick Cajun Pasta

Two days before Halloween calls for a simple supper!  My Quick Cajun Pasta is one of those no-brainer meals that I can whip up in minutes.  We use a turkey kielbasa, but you most certainly could use a pork.  Easy, quick and delicious…three words I like to hear on weeknights!

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Quick Cajun Pasta

  • Author: Mix and Match Mama
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

Quick, simple and delicious…three perfect words for weeknight suppers!  This recipe has lots of flavor but not a lot of heat.  Enjoy!


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Ingredients

  • 1 pound of pasta (we used rotini)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 (14 oz) package of kielbasa, sliced into rounds
  • 3/4 tablespoon Cajun seasoning (I used Louisiana Cajun Seasoning)
  • 1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • chopped parsley to garnish
  • grated Parmesan cheese to garnish

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water up to a boil.  Once boiling, drop your pasta and cool to al dente.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add in your chopped onion with a big drizzle of EVOO and a nice pinch of both salt and pepper.
  3. Allow your onion to get tender (about 4 minutes) and then stir in your chopped bell pepper.  Let you bell pepper hang out and get tender in your skillet another 3 to 4 minutes before adding in your kielbasa rounds.  Allow the kielbasa to brown up on all sides, stirring everything in the skillet occasionally.  After another 5 minutes or so, stir in your Cajun seasoning and diced tomatoes.  Reduce the heat to low and let everything simmer together about 5 more minutes.
  4. Drain your pasta and set aside.  Now, it’s time to plate!  Take your pasta and separate it on your plates for dinner.  Next, top each plate with a helping of the kielbasa mixture and then garnish with chopped parsley and grated Parmesan.

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17 Comments

  • Reply Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog October 29, 2019 at 4:45 am

    I love how easy the recipe is! The pasta looks delicious! 💕✨

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
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  • Reply Hilde Boeck October 29, 2019 at 10:37 am

    Wouldn’t andouille sausage be a better choice to use in this dish instead of a Polish sausage if you are striving for a Cajun taste? Amylu makes great chicken andouille sausages. You can get them at Costco.

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama October 29, 2019 at 12:32 pm

      You totally could! We just have a great turkey one at our store, and that tends to be our favorite. Go crazy and use what you like!

  • Reply Heels family October 29, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Hey shay this might sound a little weird. I did not have time to go grocery shopping for the week and I will not be able to go grocery shopping until tomorrow night after dinner. So here it goes:) are there any of your recipes I could make if all I have at home is 2 cans San Marzano tomatoes, garlic, a box of pasta, chicken stock, basil from the garden, an onion, a few green onions, mozzarella cheese, and 2 pounds of chicken. I know I could just make a tomato sauce on the stove but I wanted to find something I could just make in the slow cooker. Do you know off the top of your head if there are any of your recipes that I could make with these ingredients?

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama October 30, 2019 at 4:55 am

      I think you could stick all of that in the slow cooker (except the cheese) and let it cook all day on low, then shred the chicken at the end of the day right in the slow cooker (maybe leave the lid off a bit to let the stock evaporate) and then serve it over rice/pasta with cheese on top!

  • Reply Sam October 29, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    Hey shay My family made this on Saturday for the first time and it was so much fun! The kids loved it and I wanted to share the fun recipe with your family! My kids thought it was so cool that they got to have a pancake cake for breakfast!

    https://www.food.com/recipe/giant-instant-pot-pancakes-535317

  • Reply Brittley October 29, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    Hey shay do you think this would taste good with chicken apple sausage?

  • Reply James October 29, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    Hey shay do you have a recipe for pancake bites? Have you ever had them or have you ever made them?

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama October 30, 2019 at 4:54 am

      I don’t, but I should!

      • Reply James October 30, 2019 at 8:47 am

        Hey shay I wanted to tell you that I tried this recipe for pancake bites last night and both the kids and adults love them! They are such a quick breakfast option and this is now going to be a part of of breakfast rotation recipes. I hope you guys try them! Here is the recipe I used.

        INGREDIENTS

        1 cup flour
        3 tsp sugar
        2 TBSP flax seed meal
        1 tsp baking powder
        1 egg
        ½ tsp vanilla
        ¾ cup milk
        2 TBSP melted butter
        ¼ cup mini chocolate chips or blueberries
        DIRECTIONS

        Preheat oven to 375°.
        Whisk dry ingredients together in small bowl. In large bowl, beat egg, vanilla, butter and milk until combined.
        Slowly add in dry ingredients and whisk to combine.
        Butter your pan and drop in about ¾ full with batter. Push in either a couple blueberries or some mini chocolate chips.
        Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden.

        • Reply Mix and Match Mama October 30, 2019 at 9:05 am

          Whoop! Whoop! Thank you so much!! I love that there is flax in there!

      • Reply James October 30, 2019 at 6:39 pm

        We love the flax too since it’s a great nutrition boost! My kids love these! They have had them for both breakfast and a snack today. If you make these we used a mini muffin tin but you can also use a cake pop mold. When I made these I also added in some wheat bran for more nutrition as well!

  • Reply Cerys October 29, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    Hey shay I noticed you said you said your kids requested pancakes for Halloween breakfast. Which one of your pancake recipes are you using ? Are you using your WHOLE WHEAT PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP PANCAKES recipe? Or are you using a different recipe and turning them orange with food coloring? Thanks

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama October 30, 2019 at 4:54 am

      I am but without the chocolate chips! I’m going to make them into pumpkins and then let them top the pancakes with Nutella or syrup.

      • Reply Cerys October 30, 2019 at 6:40 pm

        How are you making them into pumpkins? With a cookie cutter? I love this idea!

        • Reply Mix and Match Mama October 31, 2019 at 5:00 am

          With pancake molds (that basically look like rubber cookie cutters!). I bought them years ago at Williams-Sonoma, but I bet you could do it with a cookie cutter too.

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