Ragin’ Cajun Super Cheesy Rotini
This dish isn't your traditional alfredo pasta! This recipe gets taken to the next level with Cajun flavors!
Veggie rotini loaded with chicken, shrimp, and Cajun style sausage; Cajun flavors are added all throughout to kick this pasta up! And then there’s the cheese, cheese, cheese! Your mouth will water just looking at it! Yessuh!
1 box rotini (I chose a tricolor vegetable rotini which usually comes in a 12-oz box, but if you choose a regular rotini it will be 16-oz.)
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 (14-ounce) package Cajun-style or andouille sausage
½ pound shrimp
2 crab leg clusters (optional)
1 green bell pepper
1 red bell pepper
½ white onion
1 stick Kerry Gold garlic & herb butter
4 cups heavy whipping cream
¼ cup milk
16-ounces shredded cheddar cheese
16-ounces shredded cheddar jack cheese
16-ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
½ cup flour
¼ cup vegetable broth
2 tablespoons Badia Mojo Rub Citrus Blend
First, cook pasta according to package directions. Next, heat grill pan. Season chicken breasts with pepper and Badia Citrus Blend. Place chicken in grill pan, cook on both sides until internal temperature reaches 165°F, remove and set aside. Cut sausage into ½-inch pieces; dice shrimp, bell peppers, and onion; then cut chicken breasts into chunks. Heat a large saucepan on medium heat; add sausage, brown, then remove. Add peppers and onions to saucepan with sausage drippings; add avocado oil and garlic and herb butter, stir and allow vegetables to sweat; stir in flour. Once flour is stirred in well, whisk in heavy whipping cream; add Kinder’s Garlic & Herb seasoning, Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning, onion and garlic powder and stir; gradually add vegetable broth while stirring cream sauce until you reach your desired consistency. Add rotini and shrimp to cream sauce, stir well.
Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large cast iron skillet or baking dish, put a layer of cheese on the bottom of dish; layer sausage on top of cheese; add another layer of cheese on top of sausage; next, spoon noodles/cream sauce; next add chicken; add another layer of cheese. If desired, add crab legs on top and add another layer of cheese, sprinkle with Old Bay Seasoning and parsley flakes. Place skillet/baking dish in oven, bake about 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden brown.
And that’s it! Plate ‘em up with your favorite salad or garlic bread or just eat it all by itself!
**Note: You can use more or less seasoning and ingredients to your liking**
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