Cheesy Cajun Chicken & Sausage Alfredo

I’m a Cajun girl, & I LOVE pasta, so when I looked around my kitchen for what to cook for dinner one Sunday, putting this dish together was a no brainer for me. This pasta is the perfect combination of creamy, cheesy, & just the right amount of Cajun flavor.

Looking around the kitchen, I grabbed all the things I could use to make a delicious Cajun pasta- olive oil, unsalted butter, cream cheese, heavy cream, shredded Italian cheese blend, Alfredo sauce mix, chicken broth, parsley, a couple large cloves of garlic, an onion, two large chicken breasts, a smoked jalapeno sausage, half a box of bow tie pasta,  Italian seasoning, blackening seasoning, Tony Chachere’s Cajun seasoning, kosher salt, & my peppercorn medley grinder.

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Now that we have all the ingredients for a great pasta together, we can get started. Fill a large pot about 2/3 of the way with water, & give it a sprinkling of salt & a drizzle of oil. Bring that to a rolling boil & add your pasta, boil for 7 minutes, then drain & rinse with cold water. While this is going on, also warm about a tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Mince your garlic & dice your onion, add to the warm olive oil to sautee about three minutes, until onions are translucent.

Slice sausage into medallions, & set aside. Slice chicken breasts in half width wise, to make four cutlets, then slice length wise into strips & dice them. Add chicken to skillet with onion & garlic & sprinkle with blackening seasoning. Stir & cook until no longer pink, mix in sausage, & cook another two to three minutes.

Add one cup of heavy cream, two cups of chicken broth, & Alfredo mix. Stir well until smooth, then add 1/4 cup unsalted butter & four ounces of cream cheese, stir until butter & cheese are melted & consistency is smooth & creamy.

Stir in Italian & Cajun seasonings, & kosher salt & fresh cracked pepper. Bring to a simmer & simmer about ten minutes.

Combine meat & sauce mixture with pasta in the large pot, with about one cup of shredded Italian cheese. Sprinkle chopped fresh parsley over the top.

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Serve topped with a little more shredded cheese & with a vegetable on the side. I happened to be in the mood for asparagus the night I made this:

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This was so delicious, my boys went back for seconds & thirds! Also, it had just the right amount of heat- my youngest would’ve complained if it had been too spicy. 😉 As always, recipe below in a more printer-friendly format!

 

Cheesy Cajun Chicken & Sausage Alfredo

Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil

¼ cup unsalted butter

1 cup heavy cream

2 cups chicken broth

1 packet Alfredo sauce mix

1 cup Italian shredded cheese blend, plus more for topping

2 large cloves garlic

1 small yellow onion

2tbsp fresh chopped parsley

14oz jalapeno smoke sausage

2 large chicken breasts

8 oz bow tie pasta

1 tbsp blackening seasoning

2 tbsp Italian seasoning

2 tbsp Tony Chachere’s Cajun seasoning

Kosher salt & fresh ground peppercorn medley, to taste

 

Directions

 

  1. Fill a large pot 2/3 full with water, sprinkle with salt & drizzle a little bit of olive oil, bring to a rolling boil. Add pasta, return to a boil, reduce heat & boil for 7 min, stirring occassionally. Drain & rinse with cold water.
  2. While getting the pasta going & cooked, warm a tbsp of olive oil in a large skillet, mince your garlic & onion, add to the skillet & saute about 3 min, until onions are translucent.
  3. Slice sausage into medallions & set aside. Slice chicken breasts width wise into 4 cutlets, then dice. Add chicken to skillet & sautee until no longer pink, then add sausage & cook another 2-3 min.
  4. Stir in heavy cream, chicken broth, & Alfredo mix. Stir until smooth, then add unsalted butter & cream cheese, stir until melted & consistency is smooth & creamy.
  5. Stir in seasonings, bring to a simmer & simmer about ten minutes.
  6. Combine meat & sauce mixture with pasta & 1 cup shredded cheese in the large pot, sprinkle fresh parsley over the top.
  7. ENJOY!
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