Creamy Cajun Chicken and Sausage Pasta


I presented my 18-month long leadership project today. I was the last of 12 presentations and I wasn’t nervous until minutes before I was to present. Then, crazy palm sweats! I had worked hard on my slides and the project was one I was proud of. Two people from my department surprised me by coming to watch in the room full of people so I was definitely feeling the love!

I’m glad it’s over! Phewwwww!!!

I left there and promptly came home to walk the dog. It was in the 30’s and sunny and I was craving some activity after sitting, quite literally, ALL DAY. I was also avoiding picking up Shea too early for fear of her wrath – she loves staying on Tuesdays for afterschool care. However, she did ask that she not be the last one picked up. An interesting request from a child who is never the first nor the last child at daycare. Ever.

After my walk with Harlie, I hopped on the Peloton…and the treadmill. I’m trying to finish my book club book for Thursday evening and there’s a high likelihood that that will not happen in time. I wasted too many hours reading the book I was committed to only because I had paid $8 for it and had high hopes for the work of one of my favorite authors. BONK. I need to stop wasting time on book that are uninspiring. I nod off every time I start reading and they take me weeks and weeks to complete.

Next up was making dinner – another pasta meal. I’m not sure what it is about pasta and winter, but it always feels like the right choice. Tonight’s pasta meal was nothing special…marinara from a jar, chicken sausage from the freezer…and green beans from a can. I went simple, what can I say? Nothing like this Cajun masterpiece!

I lightened up this dreamy pasta and I must say, I don’t think it was missing any flavor. Only calories 😉 Packed with protein and spicy Cajun seasoning, this creamy pasta meal is a crowd pleaser and one we’ll SURELY be making again!

Creamy Cajun Chicken and Sausage Pasta

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Serves: 5 servings (scant 2 cups)

 

Ingredients

Pasta:

  • 8 oz uncooked penne pasta
  • 2 Tbsp butter, divided
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 6 oz chicken andouille sausage, sliced into ¼-inch pieces
  • 1 lb baby bella mushrooms, sliced,

Creamy Parmesan Sauce:

  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup half and half
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 2 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Add pasta and cook 7-9 minutes or until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, season chicken on both sides with the Cajun seasoning, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of butter over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the chicken and cook for 4-5 minutes per side, until browned and cooked through. Remove chicken to a cutting board to rest and return skillet to heat. Add sliced sausage and cook for 2-3 minutes per side or until browned. Remove sausage to a plate and set aside.
  3. Return skillet to heat and add remaining tablespoon of butter. Once melted, add the sliced mushrooms and saute for 4-5 minutes or until softened. Remove to the plate with the sausage.
  4. To prepare the sauce, add 1 tablespoon butter to the pan. Once melted, add the garlic and cook until golden. Add chicken broth, Worcestershire sauce, half and half, and milk; bring to a light simmer. Whisk in the Cajun seasoning, paprika and garlic powder and allow to cook for 1-2 minutes. Add Parmesan cheese and whisk to blend. Cook for 2-3 minutes more to thicken the sauce.
  5. Add cooked pasta into the sauce and mix in well. Next add the chicken, sausage and mushrooms back into the pan and allow them to reheat for 2-3 minutes. Serve hot.

Nutrition Information

Serving size: scant 2 cups Calories: 474 Fat: 19.4 Carbohydrates: 42.0 Sugar: 5.6 Fiber: 2.4 Protein: 35.8 Cholesterol: 106

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Be well,



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