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Shrimp and Tasso Pasta

Rated as 4.8 out of 5 Stars

"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."
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45 m servings 860
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.


  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 860 calories; 54.5 53.3 39.6 311 1178 Full nutrition

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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 anywher...

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...

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 ...

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.

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/

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 co...

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.

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.

The only thing I did differently was add lime juice and red onions. I couldn't find tasso ham. So, I just got another type. LOVED THIS.