Thursday, September 10, 2009

Show Us Your Life - Go-To Dinner Recipe

My husband is from south Mississippi, so he loves his spicy cajun food. If you ask him, he will tell you that my Jambalaya Pasta recipe is his absolute favorite thing that I fix.

I always feel guilty that he likes this so much, because it is SO easy! This is SUCH a great recipe if you need to throw something together very quickly. Seriously, it might take you 45 minutes. And you can make it in super bulk and just eat it all week.

2 tbsp. olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped*
2 bell peppers, chopped*
3-4 stalks celery, chopped*
1lb. Andouille (or other spicy) sausage
2 26 oz. cans crushed tomatoes
2 cans Rotel
2 tbsp. Red Pepper Flakes
2-3 tbsp. Garlic Powder
3 tbsp. Salt
1 tbsp. Pepper
2-3 Tbsp. Tony Chachere's (Cajun seasoning - in the green jar at the grocery store)
1 lb. pasta (anything you like, really - I've used penne, rigatoni, and angel hair before)
1 cup half and half
Cheddar Cheese

*I buy onions, peppers, and celery in bulk when they're on sale, chop them, and freeze them in big gallon ziploc bags. If you're cooking veggies, you can definitely do this and you won't ever be able to tell the difference between fresh and frozen. Much cheaper, and you only have to deal with crying from onions once every few months!

Boil water and cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

Put olive oil in a large, deep skillet and let it heat up over medium heat. Add the onions, bell pepper, and celery and let them get soft (you might want to add some salt to help them soften up). When veggies are soft and have some color, add the sausage. Let the sausage cook through. When the sausage is brown, add crushed tomatoes and Rotel. Add red pepper flakes, Tony Chachere's, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Drop the heat to low and simmer for 5-10 minutes, until the sauce is heated. Add the half and half and mix sauce with pasta. Top with cheddar cheese right before serving.

That's seriously it! Sorry there's no much as I talk about this stuff, I should take a picture of it by now. It's serious comfort food, and isn't really that bad for you.



  1. Totally snagged that recipe and will be trying it soon. It sounds amazing!

  2. Copied that down! I will definitely be trying it soon! My husband and I both love spicy food! Thanks!

  3. That sounds so very delicious! I will definitely be trying it for sure, my hubby and I love spicy food as well!

  4. Leslie,

    That jambalaya pasta sounds fantastic! We at Tony Chachere's love to see what our fans are cookin' up. Thanks for spicing up your recipe with a little Tony's and showing us some love! Check us out on the web and submit your recipe at:


    Celeste Chachere
    Marketing & Development Coordinator
    Tony Chachere's Creole Foods

  5. Yum! I am having major cajun cravings with this pregnancy, so this recipe will be great! Oh, and so cool that someone from Tony Chachere's just commented on your blog!

  6. Thanks for using our products, we are always humbled by mentions of our products! Follow us on twitter @tonychacheres or facebook!

    cindy adams-ardoin
    food scientist
    Tony Chachere's

  7. My husband would love this!! It sounds yummy and he loves this dishes like this!

  8. This looks so yummy! We like spicy food too so I think we would love this. That is such a great idea to chop and freeze the veggies. I am going to have to try that. I am sure it really saves on time! Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. I live in MS - right outside of Memphis and love spicy food too!! This sounds so good! Will def. have to try it!!!

  10. This recipe sounds WONDERFUL!! We live in Louisiana, so we like our food with a kick, too! And finally!! Someone that not only KNOWS about Tony Chachere's but USES it, too! LOL! Nice blog!

  11. OMG!! I just saw your profile that you live in Tuscaloosa!! We were just there Labor Day weekend. Hubs' family lives in Cullman! I am TOTALLY adding myself to your followers! We are die-hard Bama fans!! Roll Tide!!

  12. Thats sounds fantastic! My husband and I both LOVE spicy food! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Yum! What a great,fast and easy recipe!

  14. YUM! This sounds great! We live in California, so I am going to have to hunt down some cajun sauce (it is hard to find here). Thanks for posting!

  15. I am so excited you posted this! I had seen it previously on your blog I printed it and put it in my "need to try recipe stack" coincidentally tried it last night for the first time. I we SO good! We used turkey sausage and whole wheat pasta! Have a happy day!

  16. I make something very similar that is such a great standby. Don't you just live Tony Chachere's ? I use it in lots of things. I would love for you to participate in Crock Pit Wednesdays at Come check it out.

  17. I made this for dinner for my husband and I tonight and he LOVED it. I substituted low fat cheese and fat free half and half b/c we are on weight watchers, and it still turned out VERY tasty. Thanks for sharing.

  18. This sounds amazing - can't wait to try it!

  19. This sounds so yummy! I can not wait to make it!

  20. Tony's is a staple in our house. My family is Cajun and I can't wait to try this. :)

  21. I'm writing this one down! It sounds like something my husband would love. Thanks!

  22. I think I'm going to try this one this week, especially since I have some andouille in the freezer right now!

  23. I just made this last night- it's delicious and will feed the two of us all week no doubt. I think next time I'll use one can each of the crushed tomatoes and Ro-Tel- our poor pasta was swimming in sauce! Today I added some sauteed chicken breasts to change it up a bit. Very quick and easy.

  24. Making this for the second time today! Very good! Had to dial back the red pepper flakes for the kids!


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