Richard and Suzanne's Louisiana Crawfish Pasta


This crawfish pasta dish is popular in New Orleans. This dish can be spicy or mild depending on the amount of red pepper flakes you use, so be careful.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1 (16 ounce) package bow tie pasta

  • ¾ stick butter

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 yellow onion, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes, divided

  • 1 pound crawfish tails

  • 2 pints heavy cream

  • ½ tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes; drain.

  2. While pasta cooks, melt butter in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir garlic in butter for 1 to 2 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Stir in onion and 1/2 tablespoon red pepper flakes; cook until onion becomes translucent. Add crawfish tails; cook, stirring continually, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer crawfish to a bowl, leaving as many onions as possible in the skillet.

  3. Pour heavy cream into the skillet and bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer until thickened. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 tablespoon red pepper flakes into cream, return crawfish to the sauce, and simmer 2 to 3 minutes.

  4. Serve sauce over drained pasta; garnish with chopped green onion.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1505 Calories
110g Fat
100g Carbs
38g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 1505
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 110g 141%
Saturated Fat 67g 333%
Cholesterol 493mg 164%
Sodium 317mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 100g 36%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 20mg 98%
Calcium 288mg 22%
Iron 6mg 31%
Potassium 913mg 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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