Cast Iron Skillet Cajun Pasta

A recipe for spicy, creamy pasta with cajun sausage and shrimp. Ready in less than 30 minutes, and loved by all.

Ingredients you’ll need

  • 1/2 pound penne pasta
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 8 ounces andouille sausage, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Frugal Tip

Shrimp and andouille sausage are both well priced at Aldi and good quality. Costco shrimp are a bit bigger and more expensive but well priced as well!

Make sure you are taking care of your cast iron by seasoning it well!

Let’s make it together

Cooking the pasta and the meats

grid of 4 images- cooking pasta, seasoning shrimp, cooking sausage and shrimp in skillet

Start first by getting the pasta water boiling. Everything comes together quickly, so you’ll want that going right away. I prefer penne pasta but it’s totally up to you.

Start heating up the cast iron skillet over medium heat. You’ll want it nice and hot before you start cooking the sausage so that it will brown. Place the sliced andouille sausage into the hot skillet and let it brown on both sides. While it’s cooking, toss the shrimp and cajun seasoning together in a small bowl.

Once the sausage has browned, add the seasoned shrimp to the skillet. They will cook quickly, in just a couple minutes. You don’t want to overcook them. Once they are cooked through, remove the sausage and shrimp to a clean plate.

Making the sauce

grid of 4 images: adding butter to skillet, pouring in cream, adding parmesan and stirring cajun cream sauce

There may be some cajun seasoning stuck to the pan. No worries. It will all be captured by the cream sauce in just a minute. Reduce the heat to low and pour the cream in. It will bubble a little, that’s okay. Scrape the bottom of the pan to make sure you get all the flavor into the sauce. Stir in the parmesan and the lemon zest. Let the sauce simmer for just a minute, until the parmesan is melted.

Putting it all together

Take the cooked sausage and shrimp and pour them right into the skillet. When the pasta is done, drain it and put it into the skillet as well. Serve it right away, with parsley and additional parmesan cheese if you’d like.

What to serve with cajun skillet pasta:

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penne pasta with cajun sauce on plate

Cast Iron Skillet Cajun Pasta

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A quick and easy dinner has never been so delicious as this cajun shrimp and sausage pasta skillet.  Spicy, creamy, delicious.
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:30 mins
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound penne pasta
  • 1 pound large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 8 ounces andouille sausage sliced
  • 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to as boil and cook the penne pasta according to the package instructions.  Drain and set aside.
  • Combine the cajun seasoning and the shrimp in a small bowl and set aside.  Heat a large cast iron skillet (or other heavy duty pan) over medium heat.  Once the pan is hot, add the sausage and cook until browned.  Do not stir constantly, allow the sausage to brown.  Add the seasoned shrimp and cook about 2 minutes, until cooked through.  Remove sausage and shrimp to a clean plate and set aside.
  • Turn down the heat to low.  Place the butter in the skillet.  Pour the cream in (it will bubble up) and stir the pan to mix all the seasonings into the cream.  Add the lemon zest parmesan cheese and stir.   Allow the cream sauce to simmer 1-2 minutes until slightly thickened.  Add in the cooked sausage and shrimp and combine.  Taste for seasonings and add additional salt and pepper if needed.
  • Add the cooked pasta and stir.  Serve immediately, garnished with parsley and extra parmesan cheese, if desired.

Notes

You can double this recipe but don’t mix the pasta in the skillet; it won’t fit!
Cream sauces do not reheat particularly well, but the best way to do it is to reheat in a pot on the stove and add a little more cream.
Feel free to add red onion, bell pepper, or cooked chicken to the dish.

Nutrition

Calories: 391kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 267mg | Sodium: 1007mg | Potassium: 244mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1063IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 191mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cajun shrimp and sausage pasta, cajun shrimp pasta skillet, cast iron skillet cajun pasta, spicy shrimp and sausage pasta
Servings: 6
Calories: 391kcal
Author: Katie Shaw
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Enjoy this quick and tasty dinner!

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1 thought on “Cast Iron Skillet Cajun Pasta”

  1. So delicious. 10/10 loved it. Made my own Cajun seasoning and added a little extra to the sauce while simmering to spice it up. Turned out great.

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