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Creamy Cajun Shrimp Spaghetti

Creamy Cajun Shrimp Spaghetti. An amazingly delicious fusion of Cajun and Italian cuisines in one of the most popular pasta dishes ever to appear on Rock Recipes.

Creamy Cajun Shrimp Spaghetti

Creamy Cajun Shrimp Spaghetti

Originally published June 2013.

This Cajun Shrimp Spaghetti is my kind of meal. A delicious, spicy, satisfying plate of pasta with succulent grilled Cajun shrimp.

It is based upon a restaurant meal I had a couple of years ago. Instead of chicken though, I used shrimp instead in this Cajun-Italian Fusion dish.

You could very easily substitute boneless skinless chicken breast strips in this recipe if you prefer. The original recipe added  Parmesan cheese which you can also add back in if you prefer and especially if you are using chicken.

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Pre-cooked shrimp can also be used in this recipe. Just add them to the sauce at the end, only long enough to reheat them.

The sauce was also finished with cream which you can also do if you prefer. I have used some strained yogurt to keep the fat content low and make for a bit of a healthier version. 

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Creamy Cajun Shrimp Spaghetti
Yield: 6 servings or 4 large servings.

Creamy Cajun Shrimp Spaghetti

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Creamy Cajun Shrimp Spaghetti - an amazingly delicious fusion of Cajun and Italian cuisines in one of the most popular pasta dishes ever to appear on Rock Recipes.

Ingredients

For the Grilled Cajun Shrimp

  • 2 or 3 dozen large shrimp
  • kosher salt to season
  • Cajun spice blend

For the Pasta Sauce

  • 3 - 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 4 cups canned crushed tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 chopped anchovy fillets
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 4 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes, more or less to taste
  • 1/2 cup low fat yogurt, or 1/3 cup whipping cream

Instructions

For the Grilled Cajun Shrimp

  1. Season the shrimp with the salt and then roll them in the Cajun spice. You can use a prepared spice mix or try our recipe for The Best Cajun Spice Rub
  2. Lightly grill the shrimp for only about a couple of minutes per side. Set aside to add to the sauce when it is ready.

For the Pasta Sauce

  1. Place a coffee filter in a colander or mesh strainer. Add the yogurt and allow to stand in the fridge over a bowl to drain for an hour or two.
  2. Saute the garlic in olive oil for only a minute before adding the anchovies and tomatoes.
  3. Season with salt and pepper. Add the capers, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar and about 1 tbsp of the Cajun Spice Mix and cook until the sauce begins to thicken to a jam-like consistency.
  4. Add the basil in the last minute or so of cooking along with the grilled Cajun shrimp and strained yogurt (or whipping cream). Simmer for just a minute or two before serving.

Notes


The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1 serving without pasta.

Amount Per Serving Calories 257Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 287mgSodium 1388mgCarbohydrates 16gFiber 3gSugar 11gProtein 27g

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