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This Cajun Shrimp and Vegetables Pasta recipe is packed with Cajun-seasoned vegetables for a well balanced meal all in one dish.


Servings

4 servings

Total time

40 minutes

Cuisines

Courses

Dinner


Ingredients

  • 0.5 box penne rigate pasta (1/2 box) - you can use whole wheat pasta
  • 3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth 
  • 1 lb shrimp, thawed, cleaned and de-veined
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon Cajun Seafood seasoning*
  • 4 slices bacon, sliced into 1/2 inch strips
  • 5 oz baby Bella Mushrooms
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 1 small bell pepper (I used red), chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 0.5 onion
  • 1 cup spinach, tightly packed
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro
  • optional: shaved Parmesan for serving

Method

  1. Cook the pasta in a medium-sized pot. I cooked mine in homemade low-sodium vegetable broth for extra flavor. When the pasta is cooked to your liking, drain it, and rinse with cold water. Put the pasta back into the pot and set aside.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, prepare the rest of the ingredients. Tip: Chop all the vegetables first, and then the bacon. This way you can use just one cutting board for this recipe.
  3. In a bowl, toss the shrimp with 1 tablespoon of Cajun Seafood seasoning.
  4. Heat a large skillet and add the sliced bacon. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy. Drain the oil into a bowl (reserve it for now!). Then transfer the bacon bits to a plate with a paper towel to absorb the excess fat.
  5. Add the seasoned shrimp to the same skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until the shrimp is fully cooked. The skillet should have enough grease on it from the bacon to cook the shrimp without sticking. But if it sticks, just add a bit of the bacon grease. Set the shrimp aside.
  6. Add 1 tablespoon of reserved bacon grease to the skillet. Add the chopped onion and saute for 5 minutes. Add the sliced mushrooms, and saute for about 5 minutes, or until the mushrooms begin to sweat. Add the chopped bell pepper, and cook for 2 minutes. Add the sliced grape tomatoes and the remaining 1 teaspoon of the Cajun seafood seasoning, stir, and cook for 1 minute. Add the spinach leaves and cook for 1 minute, or until they are wilted.
  7. Add the vegetable mixture to the pasta. Add the bacon bits, cooked shrimp, and fresh cilantro. Mix well. Serve with shaved Parmesan on top.