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!

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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

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  • While the pasta water is boiling, in a large skillet over medium heat, briefly saute garlic in oil. Stir in tomatoes and their juice and sprinkle with salt. When tomatoes are bubbly, mash slightly with a fork. Stir in parsley, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes more.

  • Toss hot pasta with tomato sauce, Cajun seasoning, mozzarella and Parmesan.

Nutrition Facts

294 calories; protein 12.2g; carbohydrates 46.2g; fat 7.5g; cholesterol 8.9mg; sodium 1178.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2008
This is delicious! I did use a big can (28 oz) of petite diced tomatoes instead of fresh tomatoes and angel hair instead of vermicelli. Also since I was using canned tomatoes I only sprinkled a little salt instead of the 1 Tablespoon called for. I topped with sliced blackened chicken (recipe from this site) and my husband and son loved it...couldn't believe it was all low fat. The only change I would make in the future is to put in less pasta and to use whole wheat pasta. I used 16 oz pasta.....would probably use 8-10 oz. instead next time. Delicious! Will definitely make again. By the way the cajun seasoning I used was "Slap Ya Mama" from Ville Platte Louisiana. I have found it here in the Gulf Coast of Texas and saw it on vacation once in Destin Florida (slapyamama.com). I like it because it's not as salty as some other popular brands of cajun seasoning. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/29/2011
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 Read More
(7)
386 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 228
  • 4 star values: 109
  • 3 star values: 35
  • 2 star values: 10
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2008
This is delicious! I did use a big can (28 oz) of petite diced tomatoes instead of fresh tomatoes and angel hair instead of vermicelli. Also since I was using canned tomatoes I only sprinkled a little salt instead of the 1 Tablespoon called for. I topped with sliced blackened chicken (recipe from this site) and my husband and son loved it...couldn't believe it was all low fat. The only change I would make in the future is to put in less pasta and to use whole wheat pasta. I used 16 oz pasta.....would probably use 8-10 oz. instead next time. Delicious! Will definitely make again. By the way the cajun seasoning I used was "Slap Ya Mama" from Ville Platte Louisiana. I have found it here in the Gulf Coast of Texas and saw it on vacation once in Destin Florida (slapyamama.com). I like it because it's not as salty as some other popular brands of cajun seasoning. Read More
(102)
Rating: 5 stars
03/24/2003
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
(58)
Rating: 5 stars
05/02/2004
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.) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2012
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. Read More
(33)
Rating: 4 stars
10/07/2007
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. Read More
(26)
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/18/2012
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. Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2006
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. Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2009
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 Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/29/2011
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 Read More
(7)
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