Having dinner ready when everyone is hungry gets to be a pain on busy days. As stay at home dads or even stay at home moms we are always looking for recipes that won’t break the bank or that won’t take up all of our time to make. Here is a recipe that I recently found on the internet. It was a raving success and it doesn’t take that long to put together.
I like finding recipes that can double as an everyday meal and a recipe that can be taken out to the woods. This is one of those recipes. You can make it like it stands if you wish, but I made some substitutions for the tastes of my family.
The first thing I changed was I omitted the shrimp in favor of chicken. My wife has allergies to certain fish so we tend to steer clear of them. I have made this with shrimp as well for myself. When doing this I cut the recipe in half or fourths depending on how hungry I am at the time.
You can make your own creole seasoning for this recipe. I chose to go with a store bought Cajun seasoning that I already had in my cabinet. You can also add as much or as little as you like depending on how spicy you like your flavor to be.
- 12 ounces fettuccine
- ½ lb shrimp peeled
- ½ lb Andouille sausage
- 1 tbsp Cajun Seasoning
- Olive Oil
- ½ onion sliced thin
- ½ red bell pepper sliced thin
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp garlic
- ½ c chicken stock
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp dried basil
- ½ c heavy cream
- ½ c Parmesan cheese
- Parmesan and chopped parsley for garnish
Heat 1 tbsp olive oil over medium high heat. Season the shrimp with 2 tsp of the Cajun seasoning. Saute the shrimp until almost done.
Use the remaining olive oil to saute the pepper and the onion. Add garlic at the end and saute for another 30 seconds. Add in the chicken stock and scrape up any bits on the bottom of the pan. This is all good flavoring that is needed in the dish. Add in the thyme, Cajun seasoning, salt and pepper and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Add the heavy cream and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Lastly, return the shrimp to the pan along with the cooked pasta and cook for 3 to 5 minutes to incorporate the flavors together. Lastly, remove from heat and top with basil and Parmesan cheese and serve.
This recipe was plenty enough for two hungry adults. You can make many different versions of the meal that is why I like it. You can top it with fresh ingredients like tomatoes or fresh herbs. The versatility of the dish is what can make it a hit in just about any household.