CREAMY CAJUN SHRIMP PASTA WITH SAUSAGE

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Quick and easy dinner is always something I have on my mind. I happen to love shrimp and sausage combination because it’s so flavorful and delicious. Besides, there’s nothing better than having a restaurant quality pasta dish on the table for my family and friends! This creamy pasta dish disappeared quickly from our dinner table!

CREAMY SHRIMP PASTA:
If there is one thing I can always count on my family to eat it is my Cajun food. We love this traditional Southern shrimp pasta recipe in our house! I always make it with large shrimp and smoked sausage. By the way, I like to use Andouille sausage. We recently had some company over for dinner and this creamy sausage pasta became a huge hit! It is a family favorite Southern shrimp pasta recipe! This easy sausage pasta recipe is so vibrant with flavor! And I like that this delicious, creamy shrimp pasta is ready in less than 40 minutes!

Ingredients
1 lb. large shrimp (peeled and deveined)
Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper (to taste)
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning (or Creole seasoning)
1/2 teaspoon dried Oregano
2 tablespoons Olive oil
6 oz andouille sausage or smoked sausage (thinly sliced)
10 ounces fettuccine pasta
½ yellow onion (thinly sliced)
1 red bell pepper (thinly sliced)
4 teaspoons Cajun seasoning (or Creole seasoning)
1 teaspoon brown sugar
2-3 cloves garlic (chopped)
½ cup crushed tomatoes
1 cup chicken broth sodium free
1 cup heavy cream
2/3 cup Grated Parmesan
1 tbsp parsley (chopped)

Instructions
Toss shrimp with salt, pepper, Cajun seasoning and Oregano, and coat well. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and drizzle bottom of pan with olive oil.
Add shrimp and cook for 2 minutes. Flip shrimp over and cook another minute or two. Then remove to a plate and set aside. Drizzle pan with a little more olive oil, add sausage and brown until nicely caramelized, about 4 – 5 minutes. Remove to plate, set aside.

Add pasta to salted boiling water and cook until al dente.
Lower heat to medium and add a bit more olive oil to the pan, add the onion, red bell pepper, Cajun seasoning, brown sugar, and a generous pinch of salt. Sauté until onion and pepper have softened a bit, scraping up any browned bits that you can. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Add crushed tomatoes, chicken broth and heavy cream. Bring to a simmer, stirring and scraping up any brown bits from bottom of pan, simmer a couple minutes.
Once simmering, add Parmesan and stir into sauce. When Parmesan is blended in, add cooked pasta and sausage and stir to combine and heat through, 2 – 3 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste and then lastly, add shrimp.
Serve with chopped parsley.

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