Rating: 4.81 stars
16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

This recipe is one of my family's all-time favorites! You may substitute crawfish for the shrimp and it turns out just as delicious. The tasso gives the sauce its wonderful smoky flavor. You can substitute smoked ham for the tasso but the smoky flavor may not be as intense.

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 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 rolling boil. Stir the rotini into the boiling water. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.

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  • Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the tasso, and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic, onion, green pepper, green onion, and celery. Cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the basil, thyme, Cajun seasoning, and hot sauce; cook 1 minute.

  • Pour in the cream, and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in the Parmesan cheese. Cook and stir until the sauce begins to thicken slightly, about 3 minutes. Add the shrimp and crawfish tails, and cook until hot, then toss with the rotini pasta. Sprinkle with parsley to serve.

Nutrition Facts

860 calories; protein 39.6g; carbohydrates 53.3g; fat 54.5g; cholesterol 311.5mg; sodium 1177.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (15)

16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
06/22/2009
Where do yo find Tasso?? This is my husband's FAVORITE dish that he used to get at a little restaurant in Crowley LA. I have made it before with out the Tasso because I can't find it anywhere. It's still good but I think it would be better with the Tasso. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/22/2009
Perhaps you should rename this recipe Crawfish and Tasso Pasta. Someone forgot to add the shrimp! LOL! It happens.....I can get carried away thinking of other things that I can add to a dish to make it a bit different then forget about the main ingredient. It's all good though. I presume that 1 pound of shrimp is needed in this recipe in lieu of the crawfish. I made this dish last night using the crawfish and it was absolutely delish! Creamy smoky a bit spicy. My kind of dish. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2010
I found this recipe after looking for something to do with some leftover Tasso I had from a recent trip home to New Orleans. This was soooo friggin' good!!! I didn't have any crawfish so I went with only the shrimp but I'll be making this for my next dinner party and when my family comes to visit! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/16/2010
This was a great recipe and very easy to make. If you don't like spicy I would use less tasso or just plain ham. Otherwise it was delicious - thanks for sharing it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2009
Really liked this! Used a package of diced ham instead of Tasso and added a couple of drops of liquid smoke. Hubby loved it and left overs were great too/ Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2010
This was really delicious and easy to make. I used 1/2 and 1/2 instead of heavy cream and it was just right. Using real tasso probably did make this recipe stand out. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2012
I received my first "awesome" from our 16-yr-old and my husband was in raptures. I followed the recipe except for a few 'availability' exchanges. Red pepper instead of green added some nice color. Half-n-half instead of cream. Since i wasn't serving a salad I added some snow and sugar snap peas. Again nice color. Yum!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2017
I double up on all ingredients and go with 3 lbs of shrimp. It's amazing. All our guests think it is better than most N.O. restaurant pasta dishes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2013
We loved this! Had leftover crawfish tails from a boil and used those--didn't have shrimp but still so good. Smelled wonderful! Had to use dried herbs(no fresh in house) but the flavones were still all there. Will definitely make again! Read More
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