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a bowl of creamy pasta with shrimp and sausage and a spoon in it

Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Pasta

This Cajun shrimp and sausage pasta is made with a creamy, spicy flavor packed sauce served over pasta with juicy shrimp and smoked sausage.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Cajun/Creole
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 574kcal



  • Heat the olive oil in a large high sided skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat and add the sausage. Brown on both sides. Remove and set aside.
  • Add the shrimp and cook 1 minute per side, until pink throughout. Remove and set aside.
  • Add the onions, green pepper and mushrooms and cook 5-7 minutes, until mushrooms have released their liquid.
  • Add sherry and cook 1 minute.
  • Add the tomatoes, chicken stock, Cajun seasoning, bay leaf and cream and simmer for 5-10 minutes, until cream starts to reduce.
  • Add the sausage, shrimp and cooked pasta and toss to coat the pasta with the sauce.
  • Serve topped with grated parmesan cheese and green onions (optional).


  1. If the sauce is too thin, add 1-2 tablespoons of the reserved pasta water and cook until sauce thicken slightly (it will also thicken as it cools).
  2. For more heat, add ¼ to ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper.
  3. make sure to use heavy cream for the best results - milk will not work correctly.
  4. If the sauce is too thick, add additional chicken stock until it has reached desired consistency.
  5. You can substitute a dry white wine for the sherry if needed.
  6. Stir in a handful of Parmesan cheese at the end for an extra boost of flavor (highly recommend!).
  7. Cook the pasta al dente (leave a little bite in the pasta) so it doesn't overcook when you add it back in the pan with the sauce.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 574kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 199mg | Sodium: 422mg | Potassium: 709mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1007IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 2mg