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Creamy Cajun Pasta
with white beans / bell peppers / spinach

Active: 30 min Total: 30 min
This creamy Cajun-spiced pasta is loaded with savory peppers and onions, white beans and a generous portion of greens to make this a healthy, though indulgent, weeknight dinner.


Creamy Cajun Pasta:
  • Onions, yellow - 1/2 , chopped
  • Bell peppers, red - 1/2 , chopped
  • Bell peppers, green - 1/2 , chopped
  • Zucchini, medium - 1 , chopped
  • Garlic - 2 cloves , chopped
  • Spinach, baby - 3 oz , chopped
  • Beans, cannellini or butter (14 oz / 397 g can) - 1 can , drained and rinsed
  • Pasta, fusilli (or other fun shape) - 8 oz
  • Tomato paste - 3 Tbsp
  • Heavy cream - 1/2 cup
Cajun Spice Mix:
  • Paprika, sweet - 1 Tbsp
  • Garlic powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Thyme, dried - 2 tsp
  • Cayenne pepper (opt) - 1/8 tsp


  1. Make Cajun spice mix - Combine paprika, garlic powder, thyme and cayenne pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Onions / Bell peppers / Zucchini / Garlic - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Chop spinach. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)
  4. Drain and rinse beans.

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  1. Bring a saucepan of water to boil. Salt generously and add pasta. Cook until al dente, tender but not soggy. Drain and reserve 1/2 cup (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. When oil begins to shimmer, add onions, bell peppers, zucchini and garlic. Saute until tender, ~4 minutes. Add Cajun spice mix and saute until it coats vegetables and becomes fragrant, ~2 minutes.
  3. To the vegetables, add spinach, tomato paste, heavy cream and reserved pasta water (if pasta is still cooking, just use a measuring cup to scoop water out of the pot) and stir to combine. Simmer until liquids reduce to a thick sauce and spinach is wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Toss in pasta and white beans and stir until sauce coats pasta. Season with some salt and pepper.
  4. Serve pasta with fresh black pepper cracked over top and enjoy!



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