Creamy Cajun Pasta with Sausage

This Cajun pasta recipe is a wonderful one pan dinner option! Made with a creamy Cajun sauce and andouille chicken sausage, this pasta is a little spicy, creamy, and full of flavor. 

close up of a serving bowl filled with this chicken andouille sausage cajun pasta. plates filled with pasta surround the serving dish as well as a red and tan linen.

Whenever pasta is on the menu, my family is happy. Is this the same in your house?

This one pot Cajun pasta recipe is a fun way to mix things up! The Cajun flavor profile in this spicy chicken pasta recipe is bold, unique, and delicious. It’s really a nice change of pace from the typical Italian flavor profile we tend to default to when making pasta dishes.

Cajun pasta with andouille chicken sausage is an easy 30-minute meal that is quick enough to make on a weeknight! Or make it on a weekend for a special pasta dinner to enjoy with family or friends!

TELL ME ABOUT THIS CHICKEN SAUSAGE CAJUN PASTA RECIPE

Level of difficulty: Easy! A little cutting, a little measuring, cook, and enjoy!

Flavor: Bold and spicy! While every Cajun seasoning is a little different, typical spices found in Cajun seasoning include black pepper, white pepper, cayenne pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika.

Time: It will take you approximately 30 minutes to make this spicy chicken pasta recipe.

ingredients needed to make this chicken spicy pasta.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

  • Olive Oil
  • Chicken Andouille Sausage (option to use regular andouille sausage)
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Yellow Onion
  • Garlic
  • Cajun Seasoning
  • Diced Tomatoes (regular or fire roasted)
  • Chicken Broth
  • Heavy Cream
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Penne Pasta (regular or whole wheat)
  • Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • Fresh Parsley

CHICKEN SAUSAGE CALORIES VS. REGULAR ANDOUILLE SAUSAGE CALORIES

I’ve chosen to use chicken andouille sausage in this recipe for a few reasons. Personally, I prefer chicken sausage. Besides personal preference, another big factor in this decision is that the amount of calories in chicken sausage is much lower than regular sausage!

While this varies by brand, a serving of andouille chicken sausage has around 140 calories as compared to over 200 calories in a serving of standard andouille sausage. A serving of chicken andouille sausage is also lower in fat and has a similar amount of protein. 

However, if you’re an andouille sausage purist, use the regular sausage in this recipe! It will taste amazing too.

PASTA OPTIONS FOR THIS CAJUN PASTA RECIPE

You have several options for the type of pasta to use in this creamy Cajun pasta recipe:

  • Whole Wheat Pasta – this is the pasta I’ve chosen to use in this recipe because I try to incorporate more whole grains into my diet. Whole wheat pasta is also higher in fiber, higher in protein, and higher in vitamins and minerals than enriched pasta.
  • Regular Pasta – not into whole grain pasta? No worries! Select your favorite standard pasta and enjoy.
  • Gluten Free Pasta – selecting a gluten free pasta is a great option if you’re serving this dish to someone with celiac disease. 
  • Chickpea or Lentil Pasta – there are more and more plant-based pastas on the market these days. Selecting a lentil or chickpea pasta can be a great way to add more plant-based protein and fiber to your diet!

There are also several shapes of pasta that work well in this recipe. I recommend choosing one of the following:

  • Penne Pasta – this is the shape of pasta that I’ve recommended for this recipe
  • Rigatoni Pasta
  • Rotini Pasta
  • Farfalle (Bowtie) Pasta

Not seeing your favorite pasta shape on this list? You can still give it a try! Just make sure to review the cooking time recommended on your pasta’s packaging to ensure you do not overcook it.

12 image collage showing the process of making this sausage cajun pasta recipe.

OVERVIEW: HOW TO MAKE CREAMY CAJUN PASTA WITH SAUSAGE

  1. In a large high-rimmed skillet over medium-high heat, add olive oil, diced onion, diced bell pepper, and sliced sausage and saute until the onion is close to translucent (about 3-5 minutes).
  2. Add in the minced garlic and cajun seasoning and continue to saute until the garlic is fragrant (about 30 seconds-1 minute).
  3. Pour the diced tomatoes into the pan and deglaze the pan as needed by scraping the bottom of the pan with your wooden spoon. Then add the broth, heavy cream, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil and add in the pasta.
  4. Stir the pasta frequently, pushing down noodles that are sticking above the liquid. Cook until the noodles are al dente (or done to your liking), about 10-12 minutes.
  5. Remove from the heat and add the shredded parmesan and chopped parsley and stir to combine.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

RECIPE VARIATIONS AND SUBSTITUTIONS

  • Protein: in lieu of the chicken andouille sausage, you can use regular andouille sausage. Alternatively, swap out the sausage all together for chicken breast.
  • Peppers: orange, yellow, or green bell peppers can be used instead of red bell pepper if desired. 
  • Tomatoes: regular, petite, or fire roasted diced tomatoes are all great in this recipe.
  • Onions: white onion or a small bunch of green onions can be used instead of the yellow onion if preferred.
  • More veggies: if you’d like to add some additional vegetables to this one pot cajun pasta recipe, here are a few suggestions:
    • Add an additional bell pepper
    • Add fresh spinach. I would recommend 1-2 cups, ribboned and mixed in at the same time as the parmesan and parsley
close up of a serving bowl filled with this chicken andouille sausage cajun pasta. plates filled with pasta surround the serving dish as well as a red and tan linen.

MODIFICATIONS FOR DIETARY RESTRICTIONS: VEGETARIAN, GLUTEN-FREE

This sausage Cajun pasta recipe can be modified easily to be both vegetarian and gluten free.  

  • Make this into a vegetarian Cajun pasta recipe, select a plant-based andouille sausage in place of the chicken sausage. Alternatively, you can leave out the sausage or substitute with a white bean or chickpea for more protein. If you choose to do this, you may want to increase the amount of Cajun seasoning added.
  • To make these into gluten free pasta recipe by selecting a pasta that is certified to be gluten free. There is a wide variety of gluten free pasta options now, making this an easy substitution! If you are serving this dish to someone with celiac disease, it would be a good idea to confirm the Cajun seasoning you are using is gluten free (or make your own blend).

EXPERT TIPS

What is the best Cajun seasoning to use for this one pot Cajun pasta? There are a lot of great spice blends out there, but my family really enjoys this Cajun seasoning by Tony Chachere.

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

Large, High-Rim Skillet / Saute Pan

Measuring Cups

Measuring Spoons

Liquid Measuring Cup

Cutting Board

Chef’s Knife

Wooden Spoon

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close up of a serving bowl filled with this chicken andouille sausage cajun pasta. plates filled with pasta surround the serving dish as well as a red and tan linen.

Creamy Cajun Pasta with Sausage

Cajun pasta with andouille chicken sausage is an easy 30-minute meal that is quick enough to make on a weeknight! This one-pot pasta is a little spicy, creamy, and full of flavor. 
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 7 mins
Cook Time 23 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Mains
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 586 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 , 11oz package chicken andouille sausage, cut into discs*
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1 , 14.5oz can diced tomatoes (regular, petite, or fire roasted)
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 1/2 C heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 lb penne pasta* (regular or whole wheat)
  • 3/4 C shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 C minced fresh parsley

Instructions
 

  • In a large high-rimmed skillet over medium-high heat, add olive oil, diced onion, diced bell pepper, and sliced sausage and sauté until the onion is close to translucent (about 3-5 minutes).
  • Add in the minced garlic and Cajun seasoning and continue to sauté until the garlic is fragrant (about 30 seconds-1 minute).
  • Pour the diced tomatoes into the pan and deglaze the pan as needed by scraping the bottom of the pan with your wooden spoon. Then add the broth, heavy cream, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil and add in the pasta.
  • Stir the pasta frequently, pushing down noodles that are sticking above the liquid. Cook until the noodles are al dente (or done to your liking), about 10-12 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and add the shredded parmesan and chopped parsley and stir to combine.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

*Regular andouille sausage may be used in place of the chicken andouille sausage if desired
 
*You have several options for the type of pasta to use in this creamy Cajun pasta recipe:
  • Whole Wheat Pasta
  • Regular Pasta
  • Gluten Free Pasta
  • Chickpea or Lentil Pasta
There are also several shapes of pasta that work well in this recipe. I recommend choosing one of the following:
  • Penne Pasta – this is the shape of pasta that I’ve recommended for this recipe
  • Rigatoni Pasta
  • Rotini Pasta
  • Farfalle (Bowtie) Pasta
 
*The nutritional values were calculated using whole wheat pasta

Nutrition

Calories: 586kcalCarbohydrates: 57gProtein: 24gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 1374mgPotassium: 474mgFiber: 7gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 1909IUVitamin C: 37mgCalcium: 169mgIron: 2mg
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  1. Adelle White says

    5 stars
    I am a LEGIT Cajun and I love this recipe! And I am intimidated by cream sauces and this one was much easier to make than other ones. LOVE LOVE LOVE! Next step, make it for my Cajun grandparents who still live down in Cajun country!

    • ourlovelanguageisfood says

      Cajun approved, I’m so happy to hear it!! I can’t wait to hear what your grandparents think!

      • Katie says

        5 stars
        Delicious!! Loved the easy to follow instructions. We will be adding this our weeknight dinner rotation!

        • ourlovelanguageisfood says

          I’m so happy to hear this, thank you for trying my recipe Katie! Happy cooking 🙂

  2. David says

    5 stars
    Not a huge fan of cream sauces, but this one just works. Spicy, but not too spicy. And the whole wheat pasta is chewy and wonderful.

    • ourlovelanguageisfood says

      I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe so much that it’s being added to your rotation! Thank you for making my recipe Mike 🙂