The Cajun shrimp Pasta is a quick, easy, and flavorful stand-alone seafood meal. It’s a satisfying comfort seafood pasta at its best. It’s delicious in its simplicity, and it takes about 30 minutes to put together from start to finish.
Spaghetti is one of my all-time favorite go-to pasta dishes, especially when I need to prepare a quick but elegant meal. The thing I love about this meal is that you can add different fresh vegetables.
This recipe has a wonderful balance of flavors – The shrimps in this pasta are seasoned to perfection with paprika, thyme, salt, and black pepper. It is then cooked in a garlic infused oil.
The combination of pasta and shrimps is always a winner in my home and I always keep shrimp in my freezer (I buy in bulk when they are on sale in my grocery store). It comes in handy for so many dishes. I especially love shrimps with Pasta, Rice, Salads, and Stir fries.
I always love to vary the addition of vegetable in this meal, depending on what I have at hand or what is available for the season. Apart from bell peppers, I love sweet corn. Green peas, and Green beans and diced carrots in my pasta.
I like to have some heat in my meal, so I add some red pepper flakes. You can also add cayenne pepper or minced habanero or just leave this out if you don’t want the heat.
How to Boil Pasta Al-dente
When boiling the Pasta, it is very important to cook it just past the point of raw, a.k.a. “
To do this, start by bringing a pot of water to a boil. Don’t forget to use a large pot with lots of water. Once the water comes to a rolling boil, you can then add the pasta to it and some salt to taste.
After the pasta has been cooking for about 6 to 8 minutes, try tasting once piece to check for doneness. If the piece still remains crunchy at the middle, continue cooking it in 30-second intervals and keep tasting one piece at a time until it’s firm but no longer crunchy.
- For the pasta, I used Spaghetti but you can use the fettuccine or Linguine.
- Don’t overcook your Shrimps, you will not like it if you do!
- Don’t overcook your pasta. Please refer above to see how to cook your pasta perfectly.
Ingredients for the spaghetti
8 ounces spaghetti
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 large Tomatoes
1/2 cup chicken stock
A bunch of basil
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 onion, chopped
8 green onions, minced
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
Spicy Cajun Shrimp
1 lb Shrimp medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 teaspoon paprika
3 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon salt+
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and boil till al-dente. Drain the excess water and set aside
Season shrimp with 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes; mix thoroughly and set aside.
In a large skillet or wok add 2 tbsp of oil saute the minced garlic until slightly yellow. Add the shrimp and cook for 5 to 10 minutes or till cooked through.
Just when the shrimps are about done, add the bell peppers and stir fry for about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside
In the same pan, add two tablespoons of oil, add the onions fry for two minutes.
Add the Tomatoes cook for minutes. Add the thyme, black pepper, soy sauce, and stock
Stir in the pasta. Once it’s heated through you can then add the shrimps and the basil leaves.
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