Cajun Pasta Fresca
This is my absolute favorite dish! If you like food with just a little kick and you are a pasta fan...this recipe is for you!
This is my absolute favorite dish! If you like food with just a little kick and you are a pasta fan...this recipe is for you!
This was a fantastically fresh alternative to ordinary pasta sauce. I added some extra veggies (zucchini, spinach and mushrooms) and it made a tasty primavera. Bravo!Read More
the more i got into this recipe, the more nervous i got. what i ended up with didn't look pretty but our family ate it..... i followed advice of other user and added other vegies and my own tweeks, so......do as you want with this dish, its not one you need to follow to the letterRead More
This was a fantastically fresh alternative to ordinary pasta sauce. I added some extra veggies (zucchini, spinach and mushrooms) and it made a tasty primavera. Bravo!
This is really great. I have made this recipe many many times! I am just finally getting around to reviewing it. My husband asks for this often. The fresh taste of tomatoes accented by the Cajun seasoning. Yum Yum. I always use Penne pasta. It just seems to go nicely with the sauce. (I actually don’t care too much for vermicelli pasta; I like to really taste and feel the texture of my noodles -and vermicelli lacks that for me.)
I did use several cloves of minced garlic instead of measuring out teaspoons. I also used a homemade Cajun seasoning blend and omitted the additional salt. Oh, man. This is to DIE FOR. My family loved this pasta dish--we fought over the leftovers.
I added some fresh basil to this recipe, along with chicken and shrimp, and it was quite good. I think more tomatoes than recommended would be better next time.
This is a very easy to make recipe that is great when you are short on time. The cajun spice mix you use is everything to the recipe, so choose wisely.
I had to restrain myself from eating too much of this tonight. Yeah, it was that good. I sauteed some sweet mini peppers before adding the garlic and tomatoes just for a little more interest and complexity. The Cajun seasoning I used was Coleen Deon's "Cajun Spice Mix," also from this site, and I was very pleased with it. In addition to the olive oil I added butter as well, which made this silky and rich. Loved the addition of the two cheeses, but don't be tempted to add too much mozzarella or you'll risk making this stringy.
Very good! I reduced the salt to 2 tsp, used 2 tsp of dried parsley and subbed monteray jack for the mozzarella cos that is what I had. Turns out really well, especially since I cooked it in my large electric skillet, there was plenty of room to toss everything together. This recipe doesn't suffer from the "not quite enough tomatoes" problem that some do.
Mmm this is amazing! I one-and-a-halfed this (not quite doubled it if that makes any sense), so I chopped 3 tomatoes to go along with one 28oz can of diced tomatoes. I added more minced garlic than the revised proportions called for, and replaced the salt with freshly ground pepper. My only qualm was too much mozzarella cheese, due to personal preference, so next time I'll decrease. But wow- amazing dish, a keeper! Thanks :D
Delicious. I diced up three fresh garden tomatoes and used one can of low-sodium diced tomatoes. Add a bit of mushroom and it is wonderful!! Such a light and healthy meal. I will def. be cooking this again!
Delicious! One of the best things I've made in a while. I used regular tomatoes because I wanted to make sure there was enough juice. In a pinch, you could easily use canned diced tomatoes. It's a definite make-again.
this is so good! probably the best dish i've tried on this website. i used canned diced tomatoes and it was still amazing. i also simmered the tomato mixture for about 20 minutes to get rid of the watery consistency that comes from any diced tomatoes, simply because i dont like watery/liquidy pasta dishes. delicious!
Nice light pasta dish and very quick to put together which is a definite plus. I enjoyed it, but for some reason it didn't really "wow" my taste buds. I will make again when I am in the mood for a light pasta dish though. I also tossed in some grilled Cajun Chicken (recipe also on this site) as LTH suggested. Made a good lunch. Thanks for sharing.
This recipe was great, my only complaint was that the tomato sauce was a little too salty, but that may vary depending on the Cajun seasoning used...I used Emeril's. Other than that, this was great! I served it with Cajun chicken on top. I will definitely make this again, with maybe a tad less salt.
the more i got into this recipe, the more nervous i got. what i ended up with didn't look pretty but our family ate it..... i followed advice of other user and added other vegies and my own tweeks, so......do as you want with this dish, its not one you need to follow to the letter
I thought this dish was.. ok. I was really excited to make it because of the other reviews, but it just wasn't that good to us.. My husband only ate half of his because he thought it had no flavor. I ate it all, but would've preferred just regular spaghetti sauce, it just didn't have anything special to it. I'm not sure why though, maybe it was cause I used whole wheat noodles, but the mozz and parmesan all kind of stuck together in clumps, so it was hard for the cheese flavor to get distributed throughout.. I really wanted to like this, so I was sad it didn't get such rave reviews from our family.
Excelent and versatile! I use whole wheat pasta and do not use the Mozzerella to make it a bit lighter. This one makes my family's favorites rotation!
Wonderful! I also made with blackened chicken. I will definitely make this again! Yum!
Only complaint is that it was way too salty. Next time with start with 1/2 tsp and add more if needed.
Even though I made a few mods and mine should be called "Cajun Pasta CANNA", I'm still reviewing this cause it shows how versatile it is. I had a box of whole wheat penne I wanted to use, so I used that in place of vermicelli. I did not have any fresh tomatoes, so I subbed 2 14.5 oz cans of diced. I added a couple of slices of onion, diced to the EVOO/garlic. I also added some pre-grilled/shredded chicken that had been marinated in Cajun Chicken marinade (from here on AR). I actually measured the cheeses (and used slightly less) to keep the calorie count down and this was a great weeknight meal. It's nothing I'd serve company, but we WILL eat this again. Next time, I think I'll add some spinach to get some veggies.
This is good and healthy - will make again. I added mushrooms, zucchini squash, and shredded carrots. I left out the mozzarella and used shaved parmesan. My hubby who is a meat eater enjoyed it. Definitely add the cajun seasoning - it gives it a nice kick!
I liked this dish even more than I expected to! I have tried similar recipes, as they look good and healthy to me. Often though, we don't like them as much as we expected to. This recipe was different. Most of all, I liked the way that the cheese coated the pasta. Other times I seem to end up with clumps of cheese and other parts of the dish with no cheese. This was wonderfully creamy. I also really liked the kick from the creole seasining. I made my own and it was perfect! The only change I made was to cut the salt added to the tomatoes to about 1 teaspoon. We didn't miss the extra salt at all with all the flavor from the tomatoes and creole seasoning. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!
This is 4 stars as written for me, but it could be 5 stars with just a few tweeks - adding some veggies and chicken perhaps? Very tasty as is. It was more of a side dish without anything extra added.
I just made this for dinner. I used whole wheat pasta and added shrimp, which I tossed in a teaspoon of my homemade cajun seasoning. I didn't have mozzarella, so I used parmesan and harvati. I cut waaay back on the amount of olive oil, the tomato juices were enough to do the trick. Also added chopped cilantro. This is definitely a fresh, healthy, easy, and delicious dinner.
This was very good and healthy. I did make a couple of changes just because of what I had available. I didn't have roma tomatoes so I diced up fresh tomatoes and used V8 juice in place of liquid from the canned tomatoes. I also added a sweet red bell pepper & onion and sauteed those with the garlic. I didn't have mozzarella cheese so just sprinkled Parmesan cheese on individuals plates. I cooked blackened chicken (like another review suggested) along with this. My husband really liked this and it is hard to cook something that he really likes and asks me to make again.
I used spaghetti pasta, Italian-style canned tomatoes, and added more seasoning. I also let the tomatoes cook for about 15 minutes.
Very tasty. I made my own cajun seasoning. Next time, I'll cut down on the salt (it's quite a bit when you add the seasoning, added salt, plus cheese).
I made this the other night for my partner, who loves Italian food. It was simple to follow. I did add some marinara sauce to the 14 Roma Tomatoes to give me a little more sauce, all in all it was a GREAT night. I used cayenne pepper because I forgot the Cajun spice while I was at the market, I also added HOT Italian sausages. It was fantastic.
GREAT recipe! The only change I made was to add some chicken. I cooked the chicken in the olive oil with some of the seasoning, then removed it from the pan and followed the recipe as directed, adding the chicken back in the last minute the tomatoes were cooking. I also couldn't find whole wheat vermicelli, so I used whole wheat thin spaghetti. I used Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy seasoning to cut back on some of the salt. I will definitely make this again! I might try it this winter with canned petite diced tomatoes... Easy, yummy and healthy!
Easy, quick, and tastes great what more can one ask! I did use canned diced tomatoes but otherwise followed recipe
I LOVED this. I didn't change a thing.
Yummy. Used canned tomatoes (but probably needs 28 oz of tomoatoes, I only used 14). Will absolutely make again.
This is awesome! It is quick and tasty. Add chicken or shrimp for a little variety.
This was pretty good. I added some shrimp and lemon juice and left out the mozzarella cheese. I served this with steamed artichokes for a nice fresh tasting dinner. I would make this again since the ingredients are very common to have on hand (especially if you have a garden).
Made this according to the directions except substituted dry parsley for the fresh. I think fresh would have given it more brightness and I look forward to making it that way. Even with the substitution my son was asking me to make it again before we were even done. **update** I Did make this recipe with fresh parsley and it was worthy of 5 stars. However I'm personally not a big fan of parsely so tonight I made it with cilantro and it was off the charts FANTASTIC! Using the cillantro is a personal preference and the recipe is wonderful as written. I will make this again and again!!!
We thought this was kinda boring. Not much flavor.
I LOOVE this recipe! It is spicy and delicious. I love that it is a healthy choice as well.
When I first looked at this recipe I thought it looked amazing. As I was preparing this I got nervous that it would be too salty, blandish, with cheese covering up the taste. Not so. I love this recipe it is a new spaghetti alternative. I didn't use 16oz noodles I thought that was too much. I did around 10-12oz and it seems perfect. I also used less cheese because I really like my foods with a spicy kick and this allowed that. Overall, thanks for the recipe it is something I will definitely make in the future!
try halving it. more peppers/cajan
This is soooo good. I used 1 28oz. can of diced tomato and one large fresh garden tomato, 1/4 cup of fresh parsley and only 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese because I didn't have mozzarella on hand. It was great. I will be making this one often.
Everyone enjoyed this very much! I used regular tomatoes because that's what I had, and 1.5x the spice. The cheese was hard to stir in and got a little clumpy, so I added just a sprinkle of extra cheese on the top of everyone's bowl. Delicious and will make again! Served with fresh homemade focaccia bread.
Yum!! I added chicken, onion, and extra cajun seasoning. Very easy and fresh tasting.
carmelized onions made a nice addition to this recipe. I also used fresh mozzarella as well. Be sure to freeze mozzarella for 10 mins before adding to hot pasta. It prevents it from getting "gummy"
This is a delicious and light dish. I used a couple cloves of fresh garlic, added a head of spinach (I cooked it with the tomatoes and garlic) and used basil instead of parsley (I only had canned basil on hand but it still tasted delicious!). I thought the dish was too salty, so use very sparingly when you sprinkle the tomatoes.
I liked that it was healthful, but even with extra garlic and spices, it was a bit bland. Also, the mashed tomatoes made it a bit watery - I'd recommend draining the mixture a bit before mixing it with the pasta.
such a delicious pasta dish! I did add some diced onions and green peppers b/c I needed to use them up, and it only added to the wonderful flavors in the dish. Thanks for the recipe, it's a keeper!
I follow this recipe exactly as it's written and it's a favorite in our house, made every two weeks or so! Delicious!
This turned out good. I added blackened chicken from this website and used the cajun seasoning also found on this website.
Liked it very much. However, it calls for too much salt. I sauteed mushrooms and zuchinni to add color, flavor and nutrition. Very fast, very easy and delicious!
Awesome pasta! I used halved grape tomatoes instead of roma because that's what I had, but it was delish! I will make it again!
absolutely wonderful! I used 13 small fresh tomatoes and a 14 oz can of diced tomatoes. This is going to b a household staple for us from here on.
Its good. I think it would be better with some mushrooms.
It was good enough and easy to make, but I thought it was a little lacking in flavor, and the cheese didn't melt and blend in, it just made a goopy mess.
WOW!!!!! SOOOOOO GOOD!!! Made half the suggested serving size (i.e. 4 serving's worth) for my fiance and I Thursday night. I pretty much followed Nicole's directions to the letter, with the exception of the following: a) I added about 1/8 c. more mozzarella/Parm cheese than called for, b) used a full t garlic, c) used up all 8 roma tomatoes I had on hand instead of 6 1/2 as suggested (I feared a dry end product otherwise) and d) used a full T of Creole seasoning for more flavor (I scaled the salt to half though). My pasta of choice was spaghettini. My local Italian market did not have vermicelli (go figure!). Perhaps the two are the same??? Oh, and I added some pre-cooked tail-on shrimp (added during last 5 minutes of cooking), but my fiance and I both agree that protein is not necessary (and we didn't care for the taste of the shrimp in this at all). I think blackened chicken would be a better choice (IMHO). Served with garlic bread and wine, this was a lovely meal. What a great way to use summer's bounty of fresh tomatoes!!! Thanks so much for sharing, Nicole :) This one's a keeper!
It's got potential to be really good, but I think that vermicelli might not be the best pasta for this dish - it's too hard to mix up. Maybe penne or something similar?
Good, solid recipe. I took advice of another poster and used a 28 oz can of diced tomatoes with Italian herbs instead of the fresh tomatoes to simplify things. No other changes made. My 2-year-old and husband (and me!) gobbled it down. It makes a lot!
Tastiest, quickest and easiest homemade pasta dish I've ever had! Less than 300 calories per serving is just a ridiculously awesome bonus!
Easy and makes the kitchen smell great.
This was a good light meal, I liked it. It was easy and quick with few ingredients. I think I'll try it with shrimp next time to make it a bit more substantial. Oh I used canned diced tomatoes chopped up smaller, but if you do this, dont add all the liquid, I ended up having to take some out.
perfect pasta for a quick meal after getting home from work at night and tastes excellent if you cut up chicken and put it in with the garlic and the tomatoes.
a little bland...needed more spice and more sauce
excellent recipe!...will make again and again!
This turned out pretty well. To modify into a main course add precooked shrimp before tossing and plating.
Perfect amount of spice for me and my hubby! I omitted the Parsley (as I hate chopping it) and it still came out splendidly!
This is a 10 star recipe! This has so much flavor and everything works together very nicely. I was a little short on time so I used canned diced tomatoes instead of fresh, but they worked well. The only other change I made was to use whole grain thin spaghetti instead of the vermicelli. The mozzarella and fresh parsley really make this a fabulous pasta dish. Yum! Thank you! :)
My Husband and I made this last night...very light and flavorful, only change we did was add zucchini and shrimp which gave it a little more substance for a main dish. will be making again!
I really enjoyed this dish. I didn't add anything else to it and my boyfriend said it needed more veggies or meat. Maybe next time I'll add some blackened chicken or something for him. I thought the amount of pasta was too much and only ended up using about 2/3 of the box.
This recipe was okay. I followed it exactly. Like other reviewers I agree there is not enough sauce for the amount of pasta. I used McCormick Cajun seasoning and did not think it was exciting or different at all. If I were to do it again I would probably double the parsley and the Cajun seasoning.
Could use a bit less cajun and could have chicken added to it
This recipe was wonderful! Only thing I changed was to use spaghetti noodles and a 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes instead of the fresh. My family couldn't get enough, and even my 2 year old son ate 3 helpings.
Nice simple dish, added some chicken baked in cajun spice to make it into a dinner meal. Elegant and fresh, well enjoyed by all. Served it with fresh beans on the side.
Good base recipe. My attempt turned out pretty watery - don't know why - next time I may add a tbsp of flour. After tasting the recipe as written, I added another tbsp of Cajun seasoning -- that improved the taste considerably.
This was a terrific alternative to regular spaghetti and sauce! A light flavor of seasonings, my five year old daughter loved it and so did we! Thanks!
So good! Even better the next day!!
This was yummy! I was a little nervous my husband wouldn't like the tomato pieces...(he didn't!) but we ate the whole thing! For a quick fix, I used a can of whole tomatoes and chopped it up a little. I added a bit more cajun spice salt and parsley than called for. It was very flavorful. I will definitely make this again.
Very good, left off the cheese so it was more calorie friendly but I bet with cheese it is super.
Needed a little more spice for us, but super easy and delicious!
would be great with shrimp!
My, my, my - this was heaven. I used two cans of seasoned tomatoes and pretty much eyeballed everything else. It was so fresh and tasty and pulled together in just a few minutes. I added some cooked chicken that I had and it made it a wonderful meal.
This recipe was great tasting and super easy. It doesnt look or sound like that great of a dish, but it was really good! I halved the recipe and used one can of diced tomatoes. I served with the Tomato Chicken Parmesan from this site.Will certainly be one of my staples for pasta.
My husband liked this more than I did. As a vegetarian I found it unsatisfying. I definitely need more veggies and less pasta, personally! My husband added some shrimp to his and enjoyed it quite a bit.
Great Recipe! It's really very simple to make and even if you stick with it as is, you will have an amazing meal!! I've also added sauteed onions and chicken when I have it, but without those things I would still make this. It's awesome!
Different side dish. I didn't have any fresh parsley so used dried & maybe that is why I couldn't rate it higher. Will have to make sure next time I have fresh parsley. Will keep this recipe, but it needs something still for more flavor.
This was very good and SO easy. I cut the oil in half, added diced, sweet onion, diced bell pepper and fresh basil. I also used red and yellow cherry tomatoes. It is a great weeknight meal.
Very good, but the ratio of pasta to sauce was off. I will make again, halving the pasta and doubling the seasoning.
I just made this for the first time-It is really great and tastey. I would probabaly use less salt next time I make it-if you are looking for something light this is it (with a little less salt). Lots of flavor and incredibly easy-will be making this often!
I love this recipe. The only thing i do different sometimes is to use a can of diced tomatoes depending on how the fresh ones look at my grocery store that day. I also use whatever thin pasta i have on hand. Great!
This was fabulous! I used canned tomatoes the second time I made it. I recommend draining them if you do use canned or it will be soupy.
Used Old Bay instead of cajun spice, and provolone instead of mozzarella. Very good.
So good! And so easy to make! I used two 14 oz. cans of diced tomatoes in lieu of fresh tomatoes, since that's what I had on hand. This is soooo good. Will definitely make this again.
I made this for dinner tonight and Wow, this was amazing! I barely left any for my roommate! I made two changes. Since I did not have vermicelli pasta, I used linguini fini. Also I sauteed the tomatoes in bacon grease and a little bit of olive oil, because I didn't want to waste it. It added a nice smokiness to the pasta.
Great!! I sauted some sausage and onions and added to recipe. My family of 7 loved it.
This was delicious! It is so easy and everyone loved it!
This was really good. I would make it again. Minus one star because my husband didn't think it was as good as I did. Maybe next time i will spice it up a bit for him. He love hot cajun food
My family loved this meal, but I thought it was missing something. However, I WAS asked to make it again!
positively delicious!!! took other reviewer's suggestion and made with blackened chicken recipe from this site. the family gave it two thumb's up.
This was a very tasty recipe. The cajun seasoning really gives the pasta a nice kick. We'll be making this one again!
My husband and I LOVE this! Didn't change a thing
This was delicious! I added the Cajun seasoning to taste and didn't use salt, used more garlic and added 2 chopped chicken breasts that I had in the freezer, they had been marinated in the Smokey Tequila Marinade recipe then grilled. I didn't use the mozzarella. Next time I'm going to sprinkle the cheese on top because it kind of disappeared into the sauce. The fresh tomatoes were so much better than canned. Also, I think it's important to add something- chicken, broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, even tofu- to make the dish a bit more substantial. All in all, we really enjoyed this and will make it again!