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This Cajun Shrimp and Chorizo Pasta is full of spice, fresh shrimp, tender veggies, spicy chorizo, penne pasta, and smothered in a dreamy, creamy sauce! showmetheyummy.com #cajun #shrimp #chorizo #pasta #vegetables
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Cajun Shrimp and Chorizo Pasta

This Cajun Shrimp and Chorizo Pasta is full of sweet and spicy seasonings, tender veggies, spicy chorizo, and penne all smothered in a rich and creamy sauce.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Dish, Pasta
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cajun, healthy, seafood
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 534kcal
Author: Jennifer Debth


Cajun Seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Cajun Shrimp and Chorizo Pasta

  • 1/2 pound chorizo
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter + splash of olive oil to keep it from burning
  • 2 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 (8 oz) package white mushrooms sliced, about 2 cups
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced or press
  • 2 tablespoons cajun seasoning divided
  • 10 oz large shrimp peeled and deveined with tails taken off
  • 3 cups half and half
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • Cilantro optional as a garnish


Cajun Seasoning

  • Place ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine.
  • Store in an airtight container.
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Cajun Shrimp and Chorizo Pasta

  • In a large skillet, cook chorizo over medium high heat, breaking it up as it cooks. Remove from the skillet once cooked through, this should only take a couple of minutes.
  • Lower the heat to medium and melt butter together with the olive oil.
  • Stir in peppers, mushrooms, onion, and 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning.
  • Cook until soft, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Stir in shrimp and cook until firm and pink, about 3 - 5 minutes.
  • Add in half-and-half, parmesan cheese, and chorizo.
  • Bring to a simmer, to thicken. Simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • Season with another 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning and salt, to taste.
  • Toss with pasta (cooked according to directions on package).
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We LOVED the leftovers. Enjoy!


Calories: 534kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 160mg | Sodium: 723mg | Potassium: 419mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1895IU | Vitamin C: 46.2mg | Calcium: 216mg | Iron: 2.7mg