Dig into a bowl of this delicious spicy One Pot New Orleans Cajun Pasta – the only regret will be not having enough for seconds.
Living in Canada and close proximity to the USA means I have access to some amazing food, there is such a huge selection of different cuisines that it is near impossible to get bored of the food choices when eating out.
While I have not yet visited New Orleans (it’s on my list of places), I love the spicy Cajun food that is commonly enjoyed there. Amazing dishes such as Jambalaya, Gumbo, Red Rice and Beans, Po Boy and amazing spicy Louisiana Remoulade, one of my favourite condiments for meats and seafood. It’s amazing!! Watch out for a low syn version of that I have coming to the blog very soon.
I am often inspired by various different dishes when coming up with a recipe and so you will see parts of the popular Jambalaya Rice in this amazing One Pot New Orleans Cajun Pasta.
For the Cajun Spice, I prefer to make my own mix, rather than by a ready-made mix. It’s super easy to make with just a few different spices that most of us have in our pantry/cupboard.
As with Jambalaya both chicken and shrimp are added to this dish. I know some don’t like seafood and if that’s the case, by all means, omit it and just go down the chicken route, you could even add some low synned spicy sausage (like andouille), which is a popular ingredient in Jambalaya. My kids find that slightly too spicy for them, so for this One Pot New Orleans Cajun Pasta I stick to just chicken and shrimp.
To add some creaminess, gotta love a creamy pasta, right?. I stir in some low-fat cream cheese, which makes this so creamy and velvety in appearance. You can use something like Philadelphia or a store own brand. Just be sure to double check the syn value, as they can vary slightly from brand to brand. The one I use is just 1 syn per tablespoon, meaning it only adds 4 syns to this entire recipe, which equals 1 syn per serving – perfect!!!
Make sure you use a large deep frying pan for this One Pot New Orleans Cajun Pasta, the last thing you want is to get going on this recipe for dinner only to find you can’t fit in all the ingredients. After all, this is a One Pot dish, meaning you want to make sure you only use one pot – less washing up afterwards. I am doing you a favour here.
and if you love One Pot dishes like this, check out some of my others:
- One Pot Creamy Zucchini Pasta
- One Pot Beef Fajita Pasta
- One Pot Shrimp Pasta
- Low Syn Instant Pot Bombay Lamb Curry
- Chana Masala
- Spicy Prawn and Vegetable Risotto
- Beef and Six Bean Chilli
- Mushroom Risotto
- One Pot Cheeseburger Pasta
- One Pot Creamy Leek Pasta
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HOW CAN I ADD A 1/3 SPEED FOODS TO THIS ONE POT NEW ORLEANS CAJUN PASTA
There are already onions, garlic, peppers, zucchini and passata in the dish that will count as part of your 1/3 speed foods, but added a delicious mixed salad on the side will add to the speed foods and keep you well satiated.
WHAT KITCHEN ITEMS DO I NEED TO MAKE THIS ONE POT NEW ORLEANS CAJUN PASTA?
- Non Stick Frying Pan
- Kitchen Scales
- Measuring Cups
- Measuring Spoons
- Wooden Spoon
- Mixing Bowl
- Santoku Knife (perfect knife for chopping veg)
- Chopping Board
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One Pot New Orleans Cajun Pasta | Slimming World
Yield 4 servings
This recipe is Slimming World and Weight Watchers friendly
- Extra Easy - 1 syn per serving
- WW Smart Points - 9
For the Cajun Spice:
- 1.5 tbs of paprika
- 1 tsp of garlic powder
- 1 tsp of onion powder
- 1/2 tsp of oregano
- 1/2 tsp of thyme
- 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper
- pinch of salt and black pepper
For the pasta:
- 200g/7oz of raw shrimp
- 250g/9oz of boneless skinless chicken thigh, sliced thinly
- 300g/10.5oz of uncooked penne pasta (or other paste of choice)
- 1 onion, quartered and sliced thinly
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 1 medium zucchini (courgette), diced
- 1/2 cup (120ml) of passata (or crushed tomatoes
- 1 tbs of tomato paste
- 4 cups (960ml) of stock
- 1 tbs of worcestershire sauce
- few splashes of tabasco sauce
- 4 tbs of low fat cream cheese (4 syns)
- 2-3 chopped spring onions
- spray oil
- Spray a frying pan over a medium high heat with spray oil
- Add the chicken and cajun spice and fry till lightly browned, remove and set aside.
- Add the onion and fry until softened (adding in a little of the stock to deglaze the pan)
- Add the garlic and fry just to infuse flavour.
- Add the peppers, zucchini, passata, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and tabasco and stir to combine.
- Add back in the chicken, along with the pasta and stock, bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 12 mins
- Stir in the shrimp and cream cheese, until cream cheese is just melted, add lid and simmer for approx 3 mins just to ensure shrimp is cooked through.
- Sprinkle with chopped spring onion.
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Different brands of cream cheese can vary in syns, so double check the syn value for the one you use.
Don't like shrimp? Swap for some spicy sausage (make sure to adjust syn value)
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Serving Size 1 serving
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 6.3 g
Saturated Fat 1.4 g
Cholesterol 134 mg
Sodium 400 mg
Total Carbohydrates 72 g
Dietary Fiber 6.1 g
Sugars 7.7 g
Protein 38.3 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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