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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Creamy Jambalaya Pasta


This was one of the best things we ate last week.  It reminded me a lot of jambalaya (that's why I called it Creamy Jambalaya Pasta).  I've never had a pasta with smoked sausage in it and it turns out that I love it!  This dish had the perfect amount of spice in it - not too hot, but it definately had a little kick to it from the cajun seasoning. 

The sauce for this pasta is so decadent.  How could it not be with white wine and cream?  The sauce has an  amazing flavor that comes from reduicing it not once, but twice.  Don't worry, this is still a quick weeknight meal.  It took less than 30 minutes to throw together.  I can't wait to try different meats with the sauce.  I think this sauce would go well with chicken or shimp too.  I will be making this again very soon!




Creamy Jambalaya Pasta
adapted from Steamy Kitchen
(Printable Recipe)

1/2 pound Farfalle pasta
1/2 lb smoked sausage, cut into bite-size pieces
1 cup heavy cream (or half & half or evaporated milk)
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1/4 cup chopped onion or 2 Tbsp minced onion flakes
1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup white wine
4 tablespoon tomato sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped parsley
Parmesan cheese


In a large pot, boil water for pasta. Salt water.  Boil pasta and cook until al dente.  Set aside.

Brown sausage in a small skillet over medium heat. Once browned, add onion and saute for two minutes. Add garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds or until fragrant.  Add white wine to skillet, making sure to scrape up any brown bits from the bottom.  Let wine reduce by half, about two minutes.
Stir in Cajun seasoning, paprika, salt, pepper and tomato sauce. Add cream and heat to almost bubbling, then reduce heat to low. Allow the cream mixture to reduce by half, about 5 minutes. Drain pasta and add to skillet. Toss with parsley and freshly grated Parmesan.



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24 comments:

  1. Since I'm a bigger fan of pasta than rice, this is right in my wheel house and it looks great. Like you said, some shrimp tossed in with the sausage would have kicked it up a notch or two. I'll have to give it a try.

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  2. That sounds and looks good. I've been on kitchen strike the past few days. Told hubby he had to eat up leftovers or cook his own.

    Mainly, I'm tired of something over rice.... I luv pasta and we have smoked sausage. Will have to give this a try.

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  3. Oh my word! This looks so darn delicious! I swear reading your recipes and trying almost all of them is going way off my diet plans, but the food turns our so goooood. Thanks! Can't wait to try this!!

    BTW, I wanted to let you know that I've given you another blog award, the Versatile Bloggy Award. You can read more about it here: http://justanordinarygirlblog.wordpress.com/2010/09/28/now-im-blushing/

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  4. YUM! Steph this sounds right up my alley and if I follow your suggestion and throw in some shrimp too I'll make everyone happy.
    ~ingrid

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  5. Oh my.... this looks so good! Definitely bookmarking this one!

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  6. Sounds good. I like the cream sauce. Was it a smoked beef sausage or more of an andouille?

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  7. I made this for dinner tonight & it was ABSOLUTELY awesome! The kick from the spices makes you keep going back for more & more & more, til you can't walk when you stand up! LOL! I love your blog & your recipes!! Thank you so much!

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  8. That looks creamy. I should definitely try that recipe sometime. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  9. Made this for dinner tonight and it was awesome! I Sayers some shrimp and added them at the end. My husband said he felt like we were eating at a restaraunt. So glad I ran across this pin on Pinterest!

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  10. That should say sautéd some shrimp.

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  11. Good thing you shared the recipe to us. I would really love to try it sometime. Thanks!
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  12. This was amazing!!! I have 4 kids so have a hard time pleasing everyone. This dish was a favorite for the whole family!!

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  13. Can this be turned into a crockpot meal? I have seen ones that do include pasta in it. I was just wondering if it would be possible and how.

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  14. In new orleans we call this pastalaya

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  15. In new orleans we call this pastalaya

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  16. That absolutely looks scrumptious, thank you for sharing the recipe.
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  17. I don't see the answers to the previous questions and I'm wanting to try this for a church potluck dinner. Can it be done in the crockpot? And can something else be substituted for the white wine? I don't have any.

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  18. Kdpics - I've never done this in the crockpot. I'm not sure this would be good prepared that way. You could certainly make the pasta and keep it warm in the crockpot.

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  19. Kdpics - you can substitute chicken broth for the wine.

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  20. Just made this tonight for dinner, and it was absolutely delicious! Tastes just like my favorite restaurant's jambalaya pasta. Thanks for the recipe!

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  21. I made this today with chicken sausage. I didn't have white wine so I used hard cider. I also added red and green peppers from my garden. So delicious. Thanks for a great recipe!

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  22. This was delicious! I made a version with turkey sausage for my husband and one without for me (vegetarian). We both loved it. Thanks!

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