CREAMY CAJUN SHRIMP PASTA – This recipe is the best pasta meal you’ll ever have, and it’s ready in under 30 minutes! Pasta with buttery Cajun shrimp in a creamy Cajun sauce.
— 8 oz (ca. 302 g) penne pasta
— 1 lb (ca. 454 g) large shrimp, peeled and deveined
— 1 Tbsp olive oil
— 2 Tbsp Cajun seasoning, divided
— 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
— 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
— 2 garlic cloves, minced
— 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
— 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more to serve
— 2 Tbsp parsley to garnish, (optional)
Cook the penne pasta in a pot of salted water until al dente according to package instructions. Drain the water and cover the pasta to keep warm.
Coat the shrimp with 1 Tbsp of the Cajun seasoning. In a deep skillet, heat 1 Tbsp oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the seasoned shrimp in a single layer and sauté for about 1-2 minutes per side, or until the shrimp is no longer translucent, remove from skillet and cover to keep warm.
In the same skillet, melt 2 Tbsp butter with the minced garlic and cook 30 seconds until fragrant. Add in the diced tomatoes and sauté for about 2-3 minutes.
Pour in the heavy whipping cream, remaining 1 Tbsp Cajun seasoning and grated Parmesan cheese. Bring to a simmer then reduce to medium/low heat and continue 2-3 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
Add the shrimp and pasta back into the skillet and stir until noodles are coated in sauce and everything is heated through. Garnish with chopped parsley if desired and serve.