The next statement is going to make me sound like a spoiled little brat. I have a pet peeve when it comes to my food.
But before you contemplate leaving this page, please hear me out. This doesn’t mean that I won’t eat the food that is placed in front of me just because it’s not up to par with my expectations, nor does it mean that I’ll grumble out loud about it and let the whole world know about it. In fact, I still always manage to end up enjoying whatever I eat simply because I love food—especially when its destiny is within the bottomless pit that my stomach is.
So what is that pet peeve, you ask?
When saucy dishes don’t have enough sauce. Hah! I’m all about the juicy and flavorful sauce that brings together a pasta dish or a grain dish of some sort, and when restaurants become greedy in that aspect and have a 1:3 sauce to pasta ratio, I can’t help but feel like something is missing. Like I said, I’ll still finish my meal and end up pretty content, but my philosophy is that life is always better with too much sauce. I’m sure most of you can relate to that! I hope?
Today I bring you this incredibly easy, healthy, and bold dish that consists of daring Southern flavors that will leave you craving for more.
One-Pot Cajun Shrimp & Sausage Pasta
Makes approximately 6 servings
This dish is very flexible in the sense that the spaghetti pasta can be substituted by different types of grains or different shaped pastas. I was originally going to use Israeli Couscous or Quinoa for this dish, but then I remembered that my husband doesn’t fancy those ingredients like I do. ; )
- 1/2 of a large onion, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 3 stalks celery, chopped
- 2 Cajun style sausages, cubed (or regular—I used Aidell’s chicken version)
- 1 TBSP coconut oil
- 1 C vegetable broth+1/2 C water (instead of broth I used 1/2 a cube of bouillon+1C water)
- 14.5 oz can fire roasted tomatoes (or 411 g)
- 14.5 oz can crushed tomatoes
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 lb. peeled shrimp
- 1/2 of whole grain spaghetti box (or pasta or grain of choice)
Spices & Herbs
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 3/4 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/8 tsp ground sage powder
- 1/4 tsp salt (or omit if you prefer)
- Turn the stove to medium-high heat and melt the coconut oil for a few seconds. Cook the onion, bell pepper, and celery just until before they get translucent.
- Pour in the fire roasted and crushed tomato, broth, water, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, sausage, and all of the spices. Bring the heat down to a low-medium and simmer for about 20 minutes while stirring when necessary.
- Add the raw pasta or grain to the pot and cook for the duration that is stated on the box’s direction. Soon after, add the raw shrimp and cook for 4-5 more minutes. Serve and enjoy!
Do you have any pet peeves in regards to the dish you order at a restaurant?
Do you enjoy Southern style cuisine, or do you feel like you need to venture out?