Pasta with Creamy Cajun Sauce

Pasta with Cajun Cream Sauce

A few weeks ago, I was doing prepping in the studio kitchen for a class called “Creative Healthy Cooking” for that evening. On the menu were light, fresh dishes such Creamy Corn Soup, Zucchini “Spaghetti” and Roasted Cauliflower.

The back restaurant kitchen door swings open, out comes one of the restaurant’s cooks with two steaming hot plates of creamy, yummy, pasta. One for him…and one for not me. They sat right in front of me as I was cutting the kernals off the corn cob for the soup.

This was their conversation:

“Wow, this creamy pasta is so delicious! What’s in it?”

”A pint of heavy cream”

“Yum! Its so rich and luscious! This is the best pasta I’ve ever had!”

“Duh…there’s a pint of cream in it.”

Focus. Focus. I love corn. I love healthy. Thin feels better than fat tastes. Focus. Be one with the corn. Cream is pure evil.

I. Can’t. Help. Myself. Come. To. The. Fat. Side. Luke.

(*@!&$#(!%Y!@!!!

GIMMEE GIMMEE GIMMEE!!!

I grabbed the biggest serving spoon and helped myself. I bribed them with cash not to tell my Creative Healthy Cooking Class students.

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Pasta with Cajun Cream Sauce Recipe

Servings: 4 Prep Time: 5 Cook Time: 15 minutes
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If I could only choose one creamy pasta sauce, this would be my favorite. What makes this pasta sauce so luscious is (well, ok other than the cream) is one word: reduction. Reducing a sauce evaporates liquid and concentrates the flavors. This recipes includes two different reductions. When I go out to eat at an Italian restaurant, nothing bugs me more than ordering a crème based sauce and what shows up is so much crème that it feels like I’m drinking the pasta. Because of the reduction in this recipe, the cream just hugs the pasta. Now, I'm not advocating that you eat like this every day.

Sometimes, just sometimes, you need something to soothe your soul, a bowl of something to prop on your lap while curled up on the couch watching Grey's Anatomy. Plus, if you garnish with something green and healthy like I did, it just might make you feel a little bit better…even if it is only 3 miniscule broccoli florets.

Ingredients:

1 pound dry pasta
1 pint heavy cream
2 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoon minced garlic
½ cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon cajun or creole seasoning
1 tablespoon smoked sweet paprika seasoning
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup white wine fresh ground pepper
1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon chicken base or chicken bouillon (absolutely optional - this adds additional flavor and is part of original recipe, but I've omitted many times)

Directions:

In large stockpot, boil water for pasta.

In a large sauté pan, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. When shimmering, add onions. Fry for 2 minutes. Add garlic, fry additional 1 minute until fragrant. Add the white wine and chicken base (stir chicken base in the wine first & mix well before adding to pan.)

Using your spatula, scrape any brown bits off the bottom of the pan. Let the wine reduce to half – about 3 minutes. In the meantime, boil your pasta, ending one minute shy of done.

Add cajun seasoning, salt, pepper, paprika and tomato paste. Stir.

Add heavy cream. When the cream mixture is almost bubbling, turn heat to low. Let the crème mixture reduce to half – about 5 minutes. Drain the pasta well – add pasta to the crème sauce. Toss with freshly chopped parsley and some cheese.

Comments 27

  1. LO

    I searched for a half an hour plus on the internet for a recipe that in my mind encapsulated the perfect ingredients for a cajun cream sauce to compliment my leftovers from a backyard crawdad boil. I finally happened upon yours and I whole-heartedly agree that it is worth going to the fat side, Luke.

    Delicious…perhaps a new favorite as far as cream sauces go. It worked in perfect harmony with my already flavorfully seasoned crawdads, shrimp and andouille sausage. Thank you!

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  3. Rexey

    The link to chicken base seems dead.
    What is it?

    One of my better received dishes is just a simple twirly pasta dish with sun dried tomato pesto and a good sausage. I’d like to try swapping the pesto for this and see what happens. 1 pint of cream? We’ll probably be sound asleep 30mins after eating it.

  4. E

    Any idea how I can find “cajun seasoning”? And what is the “chicken base”? The link goes elsewhere. Thanks!

  5. E

    Thanks, Jaden! For the “chicken base” – is that the same as chicken bullion or something completely different?

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  8. Tanya

    Can I add veggies to this? If so, what kind would you recommend? Other than broccoli that is.

  9. krystal carr

    How much does this make? How many people can this serve? And will it be okay to DOUPLE the recipe?

  10. Claire

    This is seriously delicious. I always forget something at the store (cheese, wine, whatever) but it’s always to die for.

    If only I didn’t eat about 1,000 calories every time I had it! The best sauce ever.

  11. Maria bailey

    OMG! I made it without the wine but added additional chicken broth because we don’t cook with alcohol. It was D.E.L.I.C.O.U.S.

    My family said it was the best recipe I’ve ever made.

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  13. aj

    I am making this meal for my girlfriend tomorrow for valentines day! She loves Cajun Pasta, but how necessary is the white wine?

  14. Hatcher4Life

    Just found this and can’t wait to try it. of course Im leaving out the white wine and I am not sure how to do the parsley Parmesan but I’ll figure it out.

  15. Jeremy

    Thanks for the recipe! Halved it, threw some crawfish tails in to warm through at the last minute, and used it to top some blackened chicken. Left out the parmesan and garnished with green onions. Amazing! Keep them coming.

  16. Patti

    Was desperate to find something different for dinner that did not require a trip to the store! Made 1.5 times this recipe and threw in some rotisserie chicken – it was really, really good. Thumbs up from everyone.

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    Just wanted to mention keep up the great work!

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