Rating: 4.5 stars
13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
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Classic Cajun flavors--the smoky, spicy seasoning; sweet shrimp; and onion, green bell pepper, and celery trinity--give this pasta toss a New Orleans vibe. A jolt of ground red pepper spices things up nicely, while creamy half-and-half smooths out the edges.

Ann Taylor Pittman
Recipe by Cooking Light May 2016

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Credit: Jennifer Causey Styling: Lindsey Lower

Recipe Summary

Yield:
Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/3 cup pasta cooking liquid.

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  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Combine Cajun seasoning and shrimp in a medium bowl; toss to coat. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add shrimp mixture to pan; cook 2 to 3 minutes or until shrimp are done. Remove shrimp mixture from pan. Wipe pan clean with paper towels.

  • Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl. Add onion, bell pepper, celery, and 1 tablespoon thyme; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add red pepper and garlic; cook 3 minutes. Add reserved 1/3 cup cooking liquid, salt, bay leaves, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes or until thickened. Discard bay leaves. Remove pan from heat; stir in shrimp and pasta. Stir in half-and-half. Cook 1 minute over medium heat or until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons thyme.

Nutrition Facts

372 calories; fat 13.3g; saturated fat 2.9g; mono fat 5.5g; poly fat 3.4g; protein 24g; carbohydrates 45g; fiber 7g; cholesterol 154mg; iron 3mg; sodium 566mg; calcium 156mg; sugars 6g.
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