With our Quick and Easy Cajun Shrimp Linguine, you can have a scrumptious and healthy dinner on the table in under 20 minutes.
I love this Cajun Shrimp Linguine recipe for so many reasons. Not just because it’s quick and easy to prepare, or that it’s healthy (calling for skim milk instead of cream), or because it’s pretty and colorful on the plate – or because it’s absolutely delicious, with a bit of spice thrown in. I also love it because it’s so flexible!
Cutting down on carbs? Not a problem! Just substitute zucchini noodles for the linguine. Don’t eat shellfish? It works well with chopped chicken, too. It’s even delicious as a vegetarian entrée, using chopped zucchini, mushrooms, and peppers. So, use your imagination and create something fun – and report back on how it turns out!
Not sure about the difference between cajun and creole? Find out in my post A Lesson in Southern Cooking.
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Quick and Easy Cajun Shrimp Linguine is scrumptious, colorful, and healthy, too. It’s also flexible – if cutting down on carbs, use zucchini noodles in place of the linguine. If you don’t eat shellfish, use chopped chicken instead. Or, make it vegetarian by substituting chopped zucchini, mushrooms and peppers.
- 8 ounces dry linguine
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 3/4 teaspoon chopped garlic, or more to taste
- 1/4 cup chopped green onion (white, light green and some of the dark green portion), plus more for garnish
- 2 teaspoons dried Cajun (or Creole) seasoning – see Note
- 1 can (12 ounce) evaporated skim milk
- 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
- 12 ounces shelled, cooked medium-size shrimp
- Cook the linguine in salted water according to package directions, until al dente (cooked but still slightly firm). Drain in a colander and set aside.
- While the pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet or sauté pan over medium heat. When hot, add the garlic, green onion and Cajun seasoning and cook for 1 minute.
- Stir in the milk, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Stir in the Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, salt and 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese. Simmer for 3 minutes.
- Stir in the shrimp and heat for 2 to 3 minutes, just until the shrimp is warmed through. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining Parmesan cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- If the pasta isn’t done when the sauce is ready, keep the sauce warm over very low heat.
- Spoon shrimp and sauce over cooked and drained pasta. Sprinkle with additional freshly grated Parmesan cheese and garnish with chopped green onion, if desired.
Cajun or Creole Seasoning: if you can’t find prepared seasoning, try making your own with this allrecipes.com recipe – Creole Seasoning Blend.