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Cajun Seafood Pasta

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Cajun Seafood Pasta

First, let me say that not all pasta dishes are created equal. In fact, the list of ingredients you can add to great pasta is endless. But when it comes to this particular dish, it’s as good as it gets. Among the healthy pasta recipes, this is also among the best; which is why this marriage of seafood and pasta works in a lot of ways.

First, the shrimps provide the crunch. Then the cheese provides the tanginess that cuts through the spices. And the al dente pasta just completes the taste. Together, they make a wonderful meal. If you haven’t made it, try using this recipe. While others don’t use cream for this dish, I beg to differ. I say life just gets better when there’s whip cream on any dish including pastas.

Plus, you’ll love the fact that Cajun recipes have always been really tasty despite being so simple to make with basic ingredients. Did you know that Cajun recipes have always been abundant with seafood? Also, jambalaya, gumbos and fricassees are some of the well-known dishes people love. For those who didn’t grow up in the South, we’re not familiar with Cajun tastes too well. I’m going to change all that.

Let’s start with the simple dishes like this one in order to get used to the taste. But I reckon after you’ve had a taste, it won’t be long until you crave for another Cajun recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 pound scallops
  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound dry fettuccine pasta

Description

  1. Begin by cooking the pasta in a large pot of salted water. Remove when pasta turns al dente.
  2. Take a large skillet and pour the cream into it. Warm this up over medium heat. Make sure you stir constantly while it boils.
  3. Next, turn down the heat. Then add the herbs, salt, peppers, onion and parsley. Let this simmer for about 7 to 8 minutes or until sauce thickens.
  4. Add the seafood and stir. Cook this until shrimps are no longer transparent. Then add the cheeses and blend this well.
  5. Lastly, plate your pasta and pour over the sauce. Sauce must be served over noodles and not on the side. Best served warm.

Baked Ziti Pasta

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Baked Ziti Pasta 2
This is a tried and tested recipe for baked ziti pasta that needs very little changes. It is pretty much perfect just the way it is and makes an ideal healthy mid week family meal. Despite all the rubbish about no carbs in your diet they are essential for providing energy to our bodies and I never feel the slightest bit guilty when making this meal and nor should you. Actually now that I think about it I did make one change to this recipe and that was to how I layered it. I placed the sauce on top of pasta and then I added the toppings. Be sure to stir the sauce through the pasta to make everything nice and consistent. When preparing your pan grease well or spray with a good non stick spray, you will glad you did when it comes time to do the dishes because it makes cleaning a breeze. This recipe makes plenty so if you don’t have a big pan use two smaller ones. One lady emailed me saying she was disappointed because I never mentioned that this dish needed to be covered when baking I am sorry I just assumed everyone knew that. So please everyone – bake this with a covering of aluminium foil or use a covered baking dish. This is an absolutely delicious savoury and creamy dish and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do whenever I make it.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dry ziti pasta
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 (26 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce
  • 6 ounces provolone cheese, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 6 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Description

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain.
  2. In a large skillet, brown onion and ground beef over medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce, and simmer 15 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9×13 inch baking dish. Layer as follows: 1/2 of the ziti, Provolone cheese, sour cream, 1/2 sauce mixture, remaining ziti, mozzarella cheese and remaining sauce mixture. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheeses are melted.
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