Do you have those nights where the last thing you want to do is cook dinner? But at the same time, you don't want to just have cereal, don't want to go out, and don't want to just have snacks for dinner either.
I hope that isn't just me. There are nights I really don't want to step foot in the kitchen, but I still want to eat real food. Which is why I live for one pan meals. The meat, pasta, and sauce all cook together in one pan. So easy, and clean-up is fast too!
My husband would eat cereal at least 2 nights a week if I let him, but not me. I want real food like French onion pork chops or a big bowl of pasta! One pot Cajun pasta is my ideal dinner for nights I don't really want to cook. It is a creamy pasta dish, cooked in one pan, ready in minutes, hearty, spicy, and my whole family loves it.
Can't ask for anything more on a weeknight. I even used turkey sausage to make it just a little bit healthier. You can use your favorite kind of smoked sausage to make this Cajun pasta spicy and smoky. I like to use half heavy cream and half milk to help cut down a little on the calories. But if you want to go all out and make this even better, use all cream.
One pot Cajun pasta will be happening on a regular rotation at our house. My whole family loves spicy, so it is perfect. You can adjust the heat level easily if your family doesn't love heat. Just reduce the Cajun seasoning, and you will have a milder pasta. I served ours with the jar of Cajun seasoning on the table, so my husband and I could add a little more, and my son was still able to eat his without pain! Plus, the leftovers are great for lunch the next day. Anytime dinner can do double duty like that, I am happy!
- 1 pound smoked sausage, like turkey kielbasa, sliced
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pound pasta
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
- 1-2 tablespoons cajun seasoning
- In a large skillet, over medium high heat, brown sausage and onion together for 5 minutes; until sausage is browned and onions are tender. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
- Add pasta, chicken broth, heavy cream, milk, parmesan cheese, and Cajun seasoning to the pan. Stir until well combined.
- Bring to a boil, cover and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes until the pasta is cooked, stirring occasionally.
- Adjust the Cajun seasoning to your desired heat level.
- Serve immediately.
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