Make this restaurant-quality meal at home using only a few simple ingredients. Throw this together quickly for a midweek treat that you and your family deserve. With bold flavors, this Cajun Shrimp Pasta will surely impress everyone around your dinner table!
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 3/4 lb. medium shrimp, thawed & peeled
- 8 oz. uncooked pasta
- 1/4 small onion chopped finely
- 3 tbsp sun-dried tomatoes, julienned
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning
- 1 c. heavy/whipping cream
- 8 large leaves of basil, torn
- Freshly grated Parmesan cheese to taste
- Salt & pepper to taste
Step 1: Following the package directions, cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water until al dente.
Step 2: In a skillet, heat the butter and olive oil over medium heat. Then, add the onions and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often until lightly browned. Next, stir in the Dijon mustard along with the sun-dried tomatoes, and garlic. Continue to cook for another minute. Then, add the cream and Cajun seasoning. Cook further smooth.
Step 3: To the skillet, add the shrimp and cook for about 5 minutes or until cooked and the sauce has reduced. If desired, season with salt and pepper. Then, add the fresh basil and toss in the drained pasta.
Step 4: Remove from the heat when done and serve the Cajun shrimp pasta immediately, garnished with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!
Keep in mind that the Cajun seasoning can be quite salty. Before adding the extra salt and pepper, make sure to give the dish a taste. Or you can use a lower sodium version. For this recipe, I used sun-dried tomatoes that are cut into strips (julienned). They are packed in oil so simply drain them before adding them to the pan. You can remove the shrimp tails if desired or leave them on.