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Cajun Skillet Pasta
peppers / sausage / beans

Active: 35 min Total: 35 min

This pasta dish is colorful, flavorful, and comes together quickly. What's not to love?
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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Cajun Skillet Pasta:
  • Garlic - 3 cloves, minced
  • Shallots - 2 bulbs, sliced
  • Tomatoes, vine-ripened - 2, diced
  • Bell peppers, green - 1, sliced
  • Bell peppers, red - 1, sliced
  • Sausage, andouille (cooked) - 1/2 lb, sliced
  • Beans, cannellini or garbanzo (14 oz / 397 g can) - 1 can, drained and rinsed
  • Pasta, penne (or other shape) - 6 oz
  • Cooking oil - 1 Tbsp
  • Sour cream - 1/4 cup
  • Baby spinach - 4 oz
  • Lemon juice - 1 Tbsp
  • Hot sauce - to taste

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Garlic / Shallots / Tomatoes / Bell peppers / Sausage - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
  2. Beans - Drain and rinse.

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Make

  1. Bring a saucepan of water to boil. Salt generously and add pasta. Cook until al dente, tender but not soggy. Drain and keep 1/4 to 1/2 cup (58 to 118 mL) of pasta water (for 4 servings; adjust accordingly if customizing).
  2. While pasta cooks, heat a skillet or saute pan over medium-high heat. Add oil and then garlic, shallots, and tomatoes to heated oil. Saute for ~1 minute.
  3. Next add in sausage, beans, and peppers. Saute for another 5 minutes.
  4. Toss in pasta and ~1/4 cup (58 mL) of pasta water. Saute for another 2 minutes. If it needs more sauce, add more pasta water.
  5. Fold in sour cream and spinach. Finish with lemon juice and season to taste with salt, pepper, and your favorite hot sauce!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (136)
Gluten-free (5)
Paleo (14)
Vegetarian (18)

64 reviews

Super delicious! I didn't add any fish, just doubled the sausage and it was great! Would definitely make again.

By: Julia
Posted: May 14, 2020
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

I really liked this, and loved how easily it all came together! I didn't add cajun seasoning but I definitely would in the future.

By: Kathryn
Posted: Feb 13, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

My husband complained that the sauce was too thin. I think he didn't like the beans he didn't notice. My kids didn't hate it. I agree it was only meh. I probably won't make it again. Did I give it a fair shake? Maybe not. I used smoked turkey sausage and Cajun spice instead of andouille sausage? The sauce really was thin. I love beans and didn't like them here.

By: Tricia
Posted: Sep 11, 2017
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Added Tofurkey sausage for more veggie protein. Was great and easy - made it for a crowd and everyone liked it (meat eaters and veggos alike!).

By: Emily
Posted: Jun 05, 2017
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Per the reviews, I added about a teaspoon of cajun spice with the pepper mix. My whole family loved it.

By: Brenna
Posted: Apr 07, 2017
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Added some Cajun seasoning and cheddar cheese. Consider doubling the sausage next time. -R

By: Rachel
Posted: Jan 25, 2017
Diet: Original
0 Helpful