Creamy Cajun Pasta
1 lb chicken cut into bite sized pieces
4 links smoked or andouille sausage
1 t olive oil
1 1/2 green peppers cut into thin slices
1 c chopped tomatoes (canned or fresh)
1 small onion chopped
1 t chopped garlic
2 t Cajun seasoning
1/4 t cayenne pepper
1 T lemon juice
3/4 c heavy cream
2 t corn starch
1 box fettuccine pasta cooked and drained
Sprinkle raw chicken with 1 t of Cajun seasoning. Heat oil in a large pan/pot. Add chicken and sausage, saute for about 2 minutes, add onion and saute until translucent. add green pepper, garlic and tomatoes,1 t Cajun seasoning and cayenne pepper. Saute until peppers are soft. mix cream with corn starch and add to pot, heat and stir until sauce thickens, add lemon juice and stir.
Add drained pasta to the pot and stir to combine, cook over low for about 5 minutes so that pasta can absorb the sauce. This is on the mild side so add more cayenne if you like you pasta spicy or serve with hot sauce.
This hearty pasta dish is an easy meal to make on a busy week night.
Fettuccine with Bacon Tomato and Arugula
6 slices of bacon chopped
2 cloves of garlic minced
1/2 small yellow onion chopped
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes cut in half
2 T balsamic vinegar
1/4 c half and half or cream
1/4 c shredded parmesan cheese (more for serving if desired)
1 c arugula
16 oz cooked fettuccine or other pasta
in a large pan cook bacon over med high heat for 3 minutes, add garlic and onion and cook until bacon is crisp about 3 more minutes.( Surprisingly, I did not need to drain any bacon fat at this point but I know some bacon can be fatter than others, if you find that there is a fair amount of grease in the pan, strain it out before adding the rest of the ingredients) Add tomatoes, 1 T vinegar and stir, getting all the crispy bits from the bottom of the pan,
Turn heat to low cook until tomatoes glisten and have a slight wrinkle on the skin, about 2 minutes. Add half and half or cream, stir and add parmesan, heat through. Remove from heat add arugula and remaining 1 T vinegar. Toss together and serve. Top with more parmesan if desired.