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Creamy Cajun Jambalaya Pasta

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This Creamy Cajun Jambalaya Pasta is a delicious one pot meal, perfect for families who are short on time, but don’t want to sacrifice taste!


This Creamy Cajun Jambalaya Pasta is an easy and delicious one pot meal that the whole family will love!


I enjoy cooking, but with three teenagers and a busy sports schedule, my time is limited.

Between track and soccer, my weeknights and weekends can get tied up with driving and spectating. Watching them participate in activities that they truly love is so much fun for me! This was my daughter’s first ever steeplechase race a few days ago…she had such a great time!




I know my situation is not unusual…there are a lot of families out there trying to juggle getting healthy meals on the table with a hectic after school schedule.

If I told you I had a shortcut that would allow you to cut the time needed to get dinner on the table, and eliminated a lot of the clean up too, would you be interested?

Of course you would!

Enter Barilla® Pronto™ Pasta. One Pan, No Boil, No Drain. Can it get any better than that?!

The other night I made the most delicious Cajun Jambalaya Pasta. It took me just over 35 minutes, start to finish. It was easy to make, and had lots of vegetables packed right in.

Plus it got a thumbs up from every single kid as well as my husband. I call that a big WIN.

Creamy Cajun Jambalaya Pasta

This is everything you need, minus the olive oil and water.


ingredients for Creamy Cajun pasta


I like to get my ingredients ready to go ahead of time, especially with a meal that comes together as fast as this one does!



You’ll start by heating a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a pot, and sauteing your onions and peppers until they soften.

sauteing onions and peppers


Then you’ll add another tablespoon of olive oil, add in the chicken and sausage, and cook for another five minutes, making sure to stir the mixture a few times.

add the sausage and the chicken

Add the cajun seasoning, and stir it again to make sure the spice mixes in with everything. If you haven’t already done so, drain your tomatoes, reserving the juice. Chop the tomatoes, and add them to the mixture, and again, stir to mix thoroughly.

Now you’re ready for your pasta!

Add water, the tomato juice and your pasta. Make sure your pasta is immersed in the liquid, and bring it to a boil. Cook on high for ten minutes.

sauce for pasta


At the end you are going to add in the shrimp, baby kale, and light cream, stir it all together again, and then cook on low for a few minutes with the lid on your pot.

Once the shrimp is cooked through and the kale is wilted, your Cajun Jambalaya Pasta is ready to go. How easy is that?!

One Pot Creamy Cajun Pasta


Dinner is served!

Creamy Cajun Jambalaya Pasta...a delicious one pot meal

And since you make it all in one pot, clean up is minimal!

Here’s the recipe.

Creamy Cajun Jambalaya Pasta

Creamy Cajun Jambalaya Pasta

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 21 minutes
Total Time: 36 minutes

This hearty one pot pasta is the perfect meal for families on the go!


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 red pepper, chopped,
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 12 oz andouille sausage, sliced thin
  • 1/2 lb chicken, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 lb shrimp, uncooked, tail removed
  • 1 28 oz can of tomatoes, chopped, liquid reserved
  • 2 teaspoons cajun seasoning
  • 5 cups baby kale
  • 1 cup light cream
  • 1 box Barilla® Pronto™ Penne
  • 3 cups of water


  1. Heat two tablespoons olive oil to pot over medium high heat.
  2. Add chopped onions and peppers,cook until softened, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add your third tablespoon of olive oil to pot, and add the chicken and sausage.
  4. Cook for another 5 minutes.
  5. Add the cajun seasoning; stir to mix thoroughly, Then add the chopped tomatoes and stir again.
  6. Add 3 cups water, the reserved tomato liquid, and the Barilla® Pronto™ pasta. Make sure pasta is immersed in liquid. Bring to a boil.
  7. Cook on high for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Add baby kale, shrimp, and the light cream; stir, and cook on low with the lid on your pot for about 3 minutes until shrimp is cooked through and kale is wilted.

One Pot Creamy Cajun Jambalaya easy and delicious meal for families on the go!



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Sunday 31st of January 2021

Quick, easy and so yummy! I added a bit of celery and garlic. One of my hubby’s favorite dinners!


Monday 8th of May 2017

I made this today and it was delicious. I didn't have the andouille sausage but used regular Italian sausage (couldn't find andouille) but it was great. All other ingredients were the same. This is good for a number of days when I come home from work and don't want to make a meal from scratch. Will make this again in future and am giving this recipe to my daughter.


Friday 3rd of March 2017

I made this dish for the family on Fat Tuesday this year and it was excellent. I used 1.5 tbs of cajun seasoning to give it a pleasant kick. And I salted and peppered the meat/veggies as they were cooking. I used whipping cream (not light and not heavy). And I used regular Barilla penne pasta instead of Pronto and it worked fine. Even my daughter who doesn't like shrimp was able to pick the shrimp out and still really liked it.

I don't know why you reserved the tomato juices and then just poured them in in the next step. I'll skip separating them next time.

Thanks for the recipe!

Helen at the Lazy Gastronome

Friday 24th of February 2017

Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing on the What's for Dinner Link up!


Sunday 19th of February 2017

A delightful pasta dish. Love the cajun addition. I can well understand the important of creating great dinners for your family. Thank you for sharing this delightful pasta dish at DI&DI.

Michelle Nahom

Monday 20th of February 2017

Thanks Linda! Hope you enjoy it too!

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