Cajun Pastalaya


My own Cajun pastalaya recipe I put together after trying 3 or 4 different local Southern Louisiana recipes. The prep/cook times may be off, as I have never timed myself. Hope y'all enjoy! Serve with crusty bread.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
8 servings


  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 pound andouille sausage, sliced

  • 1 cup finely chopped celery

  • 1 large sweet onion (such as Vidalia®), finely chopped

  • 1 large green bell pepper, finely chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces

  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes (such as San Marzano®)

  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika

  • 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning (such as Tony Chachere's®)

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (Optional)

  • 2 cups chicken broth

  • 1 (16 ounce) package penne pasta

  • 1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream

  • ½ bunch fresh thyme, chopped

  • ½ bunch fresh oregano, chopped

  • ½ bunch fresh basil, chopped

  • ¼ cup chopped green onions

  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, or to taste


  1. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add sausage and cook for 2 minutes. Add celery, onion, bell pepper, and garlic; cook until soft, 5 to 7 minutes. Add chicken and cook until no longer pink inside and juices run clear, 5 to 7 minutes more. Add tomatoes, paprika, Creole seasoning, and cayenne pepper; bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes.

  2. Add broth to the pot and return to a simmer. Add penne and simmer for 8 minutes. Add shrimp. Continue to simmer, stirring constantly, until pasta is tender but firm to the bite and shrimp are cooked through, about 7 minutes more.

  3. Stir in cream. Stir in thyme, oregano, and basil. Cook until just heated through, 3 to 5 minutes more. Serve topped with green onions and Parmesan cheese.

Cook's Note:

You can substitute 5 fresh tomatoes, chopped, for the crushed tomatoes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

640 Calories
32g Fat
54g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 640
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 40%
Saturated Fat 13g 64%
Cholesterol 185mg 62%
Sodium 1218mg 53%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 36mg 180%
Calcium 153mg 12%
Iron 6mg 32%
Potassium 746mg 16%

* 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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