I just had my 34th birthday on Sunday and I really wanted seafood! But I didn’t feel like taking all our kids and fighting the crowd. I choose instead to try out my own Shrimp dish. And this is what I came up with… Cajun Shrimp & Sausage Pasta! AND YES IT WAS AWESOME!!!!! (ok maybe not the price of shrimp but everything else was pretty inexpensive)
Y’all it really is not that hard to make a restaurant dish at home. Just a little extra effort (like cleaning and deveining shrimp). If you can chop something up you can make this dish!
Everything should be coming together perfectly. You will need to let your shrimp/cream/veggie sauce simmer for 15 to 20 minutes to get that creamy texture you want… if it doesn’t happen fast enough, you could always just add more grated parm cheese.
This is an S meal if you are following the Trim Healthy Mama plan!
CAJUN SHRIMP & SAUSAGE PASTA
by Sarah Criddle
serves: 6-8 people
2 lbs of shrimp (cleaned & deveined)
1 lb of sausage (already cooked)
4 to 6 cups or more of baby spinach
3 cloves of garlic
1 red bell pepper
1 cup of baby tomatoes cut in half
1 stick of butter
1/3 to 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream
1 cup of fresh parmigiano reggiano grated
1 small handful of fresh basil leaves chopped thin
blackening seasoning & salt to taste
2 boxes Dreamfield penne pasta (you will have pasta left over so you could do just one but it will serve a little less)
Clean, devein shrimp. Cut up the sausage into chunk size. Melt half of the butter in a sauté pan. Chop up your garlic till minced. Add garlic to the butter, cook for 5 minutes.
Boil water for pasta with 1 tbsp. salt. Add your shrimp, sausage, seasoning, & salt to melted butter. Stir. Chop tomatoes and red bell pepper. Place tomatoes, bell pepper,& spinach into the shrimp & sausage mixture & stir. Cook for at least 5 minutes then add your heavy whipping cream, along with 1/2 cup of parm. Let that simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Cook, drain, & place the pasta in a big serving bowl. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of parm over the top. Once your shrimp mixture has thickened add to the pasta. Sprinkle the rest of the parm on top & add your finely chopped basil. Serve hot (although the next day I ate it cold & it was awesome too) and ENJOY!!!