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.



Recipe Summary

45 mins
45 mins
1 hr 30 mins
8 servings


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

640 calories; protein 36.6g 73% DV; carbohydrates 53.7g 17% DV; fat 31.5g 48% DV; cholesterol 185.1mg 62% DV; sodium 1217.6mg 49% DV. Full Nutrition

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Very good flavor! I doubled the recipe since I am freezing some and I used dried herbs. I will use fresh herbs next time. I could not find a good conversion for 1 bunch of fresh herbs to dried. If anyone else used dried herbs, please comment on the amount you used. Since I doubled the recipe, I used 2 Tablespoons of each. Read More