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If you’re craving a bowl full of indulgent, creamy, and flavorful comfort food, then you need to make this One Pot Cajun Shrimp Pasta!

Two spoons are placed in a large pot filled with creamy shrimp pasta.

One Pot Cajun Shrimp Pasta

I think it’s safe to say that pasta is a universal comfort food. I mean, who doesn’t love diving into a bowl of creamy, tender pasta noodles?!

This recipe takes that kind of creamy, comforting pasta, then combines it with the mouthwatering flavors of Cajun seasoning and perfectly cooked shrimp.

Oh, and it’s all mixed together with pieces of crispy bacon. If that description alone doesn’t make you hungry, I’m not sure what will!

The best part of it all? This easy dinner is made in ONE POT!

Next time you’re craving a truly unforgettable dinner, one pot cajun shrimp pasta is the recipe you need to turn to.

A large black pot is filled with pasta that's being removed from the pot.

Ingredients needed for one pot cajun shrimp pasta

  • Bacon
  • Garlic
  • Shrimp
  • Cajun seasoning
  • Onion powder
  • Cayenne pepper powder
  • Salt
  • Chicken or vegetable broth
  • Linguini pasta
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Roma tomato
  • Heavy cream
Bacon and shrimp are mixed in with creamy coated noodles in a black pot.

Variations to try:

This recipe is perfect the way it is, truly. However, there are a number of different ways you can personalize it!

  • Trying to cut pork out of your diet? Substitute pork bacon with turkey bacon!
  • Crawfish tails, grilled chicken and even cooked alligator are all cajun-approved ways to add more protein to this pasta dish.
  • If you’re in a pinch, half and half can substitute the heavy cream.
  • Linguini noodles are my favorite to use in this recipe, but spaghetti noodles will also work just fine.
  • Cajun seasoning already has a spicy kick, but you can turn up the heat even more with a tablespoon of crushed red pepper.
Cheese and parsley is sprinkled atop a serving of pasta.

How long will this stay fresh?

In an airtight container in the fridge, your leftovers will stay fresh for up to 3 days. Cajun shrimp pasta reheats well in the microwave, but even better back in the pot!

If you want to freeze the cajun shrimp pasta, it’ll stay fresh in the freezer for up to 3 months. Just make sure to keep it in an airtight container to avoid it drying out and getting freezer burn!

To reheat the meal, just place the frozen shrimp pasta back into the pot and reheat at a low temperature. Once it starts to thaw, stir frequently.

Several bowls of pasta are placed by a large pot.

Ragin’ for more cajun? Here are some more of my favorite cajun recipes!

Creamy Cajun Alfredo Pasta

Cajun Chicken Pasta

Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo

Cajun Shrimp and Rice Skillet

One Pot Cajun Shrimp Pasta

If you're in the mood for a creamy and decadent, kicked up flavorful pasta, this is the one for you!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Servings: 4
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Ingredients 

  • 4 slices of bacon, cut into pieces
  • 5 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely minced
  • 12 ounce bag of small frozen shrimp, thawed, peeled and deveined
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 8 ounces dried linguini pasta
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 1 large Roma tomato, diced
  • ½ cup heavy cream

Instructions

  • Add the bacon to a large pot over medium heat and cook it until it becomes crispy.
  • Remove it from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  • Add the garlic and cook for thirty seconds or until it becomes fragrant, then add the shrimp, Cajun seasoning, onion powder, cayenne powder and salt.
  • Stir and let the shrimp cook for about 4 minutes, or until they have turned pink and have cooked through.
  • Remove the shrimp from the pot but leave whatever grease is left and pour in the chicken broth.
  • Bring it to a simmer over medium high heat and add the linguini.
  • Press it down into the broth as it softens and let it cook according to the instructions on the package. Stir it often to prevent it from sticking.
  • Reduce the heat to low medium then stir in the cooked shrimp, bacon, parmesan, diced tomato and heavy cream.
  • Stir until it combines fully then remove the pan from the heat.
  • Place a lid on the pan and let it sit for 5-6 minutes before serving with freshly chopped parsley and toasted baguette.

NUTRITION FACTS

Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 600 kcal | Carbohydrates: 49 g | Protein: 38 g | Fat: 28 g | Saturated Fat: 14 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 209 mg | Sodium: 1601 mg | Potassium: 702 mg | Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 3 g

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Course: Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy pasta recipe, one pot meal, one pot pasta, one pot recipes
Recipe Rating




Cory T

Saturday 25th of September 2021

Made this tonight and it was delicious! I was nervous because I’d never done the one pot pasta thing and it seemed like a lot of liquid, but followed the recipe exactly and the sauce was perfect!

JenJ

Monday 20th of September 2021

Yes please! But maybe after my doctor's appointment LOL!!!