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Cajun Shrimp Pasta

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Cajun Shrimp Pasta (By Cat Kim) Serves 4-6 20-ish minutes Easy to double, which I almost always do EVOO = Extra Virgin Olive Oil Inspired by:

Ingredients: 3 tablespoons EVOO and/or butter, divided 1 pound shrimp, tails off, deveined (Alternative: chicken thighs, boneless, skinless, trimmed) 3-4 tablespoons Cajun spice, divided, see recipe 3+ garlic cloves, minced 1 shallot or small onion, finely chopped 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1 ½ cups white wine 1 ½ cups heavy cream (Alternative: full-fat coconut milk, do not use lite!) 1 tablespoon vanilla extract ¼+ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded 1 pound pasta, either long or short (Alternative: Rice! Especially delicious with coconut rice, see recipe) 2 tablespoons EVOO or butter 1 tablespoon lemon juice (about ½ a fresh lemon), optional ¼ cup fresh parsley or basil, finely chopped

Cajun Spice: (Delicious with enchiladas, fish, chicken, pork, etc.) 5 tablespoons paprika (Sweet paprika recommended, Hungarian hot if you want spicy) 2 tablespoons salt 2 tablespoons garlic powder 1 tablespoon oregano, dried 1 tablespoon thyme, dried 2 teaspoons ginger, ground 2+ teaspoons cayenne, optional for spice (Whisk all ingredients together.) Coconut Rice: (Delicious with Thai food, fish, chicken, pork, etc.) 2 cups jasmine rice 1 can coconut milk, full fat 1 tablespoon lime juice, optional & delicious 1 tablespoon oil, EVOO preferred but another oil will work 1 ½ cups water (Rinse the rice. While not necessary, this step removes extra starches and improves texture. Stir rice with the coconut milk, lime juice, and water. Cook in rice cooker on normal white rice setting.)

Serve with: Seasonal Salad & Dressing Classic Tiramisu


1. Prep your ingredients - defrost, devein, de-tail, chop, mince, and measure. The sauce is quick once you get started.

2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and toss with the EVOO, lemon juice, and fresh herbs. (The sauce will probably take 8-10 minutes, which is about how long it takes for store-bought pasta to cook.)

3. Heat your pot over medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon EVOO/butter. Allow it to heat up but not smoke!

4. Toss the shrimp with the Cajun spice and then cook with the garlic and onion, stirring consistently until the shrimp is opaque.

5. Alternative: Preheat oven to 350°F. Toss the chicken with the Cajun spice, sear on both sides for 2-3 minutes on medium-high heat, then pop it into the oven and serve when the sauce is ready. By that time, the chicken should be fully cooked with an internal temp of 160-165°F.

6. Lower the heat to medium. Pour in the wine, bring it to a boil, let it reduce to half, 3-5 minutes.

7. Stir in the heavy cream, vanilla, Cajun spice, and Parmesan cheese.

8. Lower the heat to low until ready to serve. Give it a quick stir every couple of minutes if not serving right away. The sauce is not particularly thick; if you prefer it to be thicker, leave it on low for a few extra minutes.

9. Serve hot with the pasta and sauce in separate serving dishes.

Cajun Shrimp Pasta
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Seasonal Salad and Dressing
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Spicy Southern Style Shrimp with Lemon Basil Orzo. - Half Baked Harvest

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