Thursday, June 4, 2009

Creamy Cajun Shrimp Linguine

Quick, simple to make and delicious. Now that's my recipe for a weeknight dinner. I loved the red pepper and mushrooms in this dish. Along with the shrimp, sauce and seasonings. It all tasted so good together. I made some broccoli to go with it (can't ever have too many vegetables) but it really is a full meal by itself.
Creamy Cajun Shrimp Linguine
Recipe from Cooking Light

4 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

1 cup water
1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
6 ounces uncooked linguine (I used half a pound)
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
1 (8-ounce) package presliced mushrooms
1 large red bell pepper, cut into (1/4-inch-thick) slices
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning (see note at bottom regarding making your own blend)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup half-and-half
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Combine 1 cup water and broth in a Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Break pasta in half; add to pan. Bring mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 8 minutes. Add shrimp to pan. Cover and simmer for 3 minutes or until shrimp are done; drain.

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and pepper to pan; sauté 4 minutes or until moisture evaporates. Add flour, seasoning, and salt to pan; sauté 30 seconds. Stir in half-and-half; cook 1 minute or until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add pasta mixture and parsley to pan; toss.

Making the sauce is simple and it only takes a few minutes

Mom's Cooking Club Lesson: For the Cajun seasoning, I used a blend I found on Prudence Pennywise's site. I keep it in a container and it's great on grilled chicken breasts, oven fries or anytime you want to spice up a dish. Here is the recipe for your own Cajun spice blend: combine 4 teaspoons each salt and paprika, 3 teaspoons each garlic powder, onion powder and pepper, and 1 and 1/2 teaspoons each cayenne, thyme and oregano.


Aggie said...

I want this for dinner...oh wait, I just had pizza. Your pasta is making me hungry all over again! I can't wait to try this one!

HoneyB said...

This looks like a definite try! I have looked at this recipe but keep forgetting to buy the cajun seasoning! I have to make a list!

Peanut butter and Jelly said...

I think I might have to make this,it looks great.
Paula & Jacie

Peanut butter and Jelly said...

I think I might have to make this,it looks great!

Paula& Jacie

Julia@SometimesLucid said...

This looks SO good. This might even be what I bring to a girls night tomorrow night!

canoodler said...

I'm always looking for recipes that would go well with Al Dente® Pasta. This one would be perfect, so I hope you don't mind if I share the link on the Al Dente Pasta facebook.We make linguine in Egg, Spinach, Spicy Sesame and Roasted Garlic. The recipe would work with all of those, but if using the Spicy, maybe go easier on the spice.

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