Cajun Pasta With Andouille Sausage {A One-Pot Wonder Meal

Cajun Pasta With Andouille Sausage {A One-Pot Wonder Meal

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This easy one-pot wonder meal of Cajun Pasta with Andouille Sausage is comfort food in a bowl. This pasta dish is seasoned with Cajun spices, tossed with fire-roasted tomatoes, onions, sweet peppers, spicy andouille sausage, and melted cheese.

Whatever you do, don’t call it Cajun Mac and Cheese! I think I psychologically traumatized David when I described this dish to him. Let me explain…

pot on stove full of Cajun pasta

If you recall, I made a Vegetarian version of Cajun Chili Mac for Meatless Monday this summer. When I made it, I had an idea of making it when the wonderful andouille sausage I discovered when making the Cajun Stuffed Shrimp that same week. I finally had the chance to remake this dish using the andouille sausage.

When I described this dish to David, I said it was like a “cajun mac & cheese”.

Well, that stirred the pot, literally! When I said “Cajun mac & cheese”, David had it in his head that it was macaroni and cheese with sausage and Cajun seasoning in it. Now, don’t get me wrong, that idea sounds pretty damn good, and I may try that sometime.

The problem is when David gets his mind-set on something dealing with food, he is hard to deal with. When he saw that this pasta dish wasn’t thick mac & cheese, he kinda wigged out on me. It was almost like he couldn’t eat it, because it looked completely different than how I described it to him.

bowl full of Cajun pasta ready to eat

When he heard me moan with my eyes crossed over how good this bowl of Cajun pasta with andouille sausage was, David finally gave it a taste and got really quiet. He was too busy eating to worry about it anymore!

Anyway enough about his skepticism, let’s make some Cajun Pasta, shall we?

ingredients to make recipe

How To Make Cajun Pasta With Andouille Sausage

Heat one tablespoon of the olive oil in a large pan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the sausage links to the pan; cook sausages, turning, until crisp and golden brown all around, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and place on a plate lined with paper towels to cool.

Using the same pan, heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Add garlic, onion, and peppers; cook until onions are soft, about 3 to 5 minutes.

diced vegetables in pot

Stir in chicken broth, diced tomatoes, and Cajun seasoning; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a simmer and stir in pasta. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until pasta is cooked through about 13 to 15 minutes.

While the pasta is cooking, slice the sausages into ¼-inch slices. When the pasta is al dente, stir in the sausage.

Turn off the heat; top with cheese and cover until melted, about 2 minutes.

cheese added to the pot

Serve immediately with extra shredded cheese if desired.

spoonful of Cajun Pasta with Andouille Sausage and mountain view

I like bouncing ideas for recipes off of David because sometimes he has really good suggestions about things to add to the recipe. I don’t know after this perhaps I should keep my mouth shut from now on…

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Cajun Pasta With Andouille Sausage

Cajun Pasta with Andouille Sausage: Cajun spices season this pasta dish tossed with fire-roasted tomatoes, onions, peppers, andouille sausage, and cheese.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Andouille Sausage, Cajun, Pasta
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Calories 601kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh andouille sausage
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ red onion diced
  • 3 small sweet peppers sliced
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper seeded, deveined and diced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 14.5 ounce canned fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 10 ounces uncooked pasta any shape
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese + extra for serving
  • ½ cup shredded gouda cheese + extra for serving

Instructions

  • Heat one tablespoon of the olive oil in a large pan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the sausage links to the pan; cook sausages, turning, until crisp and golden brown all around, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and place on a plate lined with paper towels to cool.
  • Using the same pan, heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Add garlic, onion, and peppers; cook until onions are soft, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Stir in chicken broth, diced tomatoes, and Cajun seasoning; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a simmer and stir in pasta. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until pasta is cooked through about 13 to 15 minutes.
  • While the pasta is cooking, slice the sausages into ¼-inch slices. When the pasta is al dente, stir in the sausage.
  • Turn off the heat; top with cheese and cover until melted, about 2 minutes.
  • Serve immediately with extra shredded cheese if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 601kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 1266mg | Potassium: 477mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1285IU | Vitamin C: 28.9mg | Calcium: 232mg | Iron: 2.5mg
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