This Cajun Pasta is an easy one-pot meal that is ready in less than 30 minutes. Made with andouille sausage, peppers, onions, pasta, and creamy, slightly spicy sauce, this meal knocks it out of the park in flavor.
When dinner can be on the table in less than 30 minutes yet pack as much flavor as this Creamy Cajun Pasta, it deserves to be featured regularly. It is hearty enough to be served alone as an entree but also pairs well with a simple, refreshing Mandarin Orange Salad.
My secret to easy weeknight meals is taking ingredients that are jam-packed full of flavor, like andouille sausage and Cajun Seasoning, and using them to bring huge flavor to quick recipes--like this Easy Cajun Pasta Recipe.
Both the sausage and seasoning blend in this one-pot meal are filled with paprika, garlic, onion, and a bit of cayenne pepper for rich, bold flavors that lend the perfect kick to the pasta.
And really, what is better than dumping a few ingredients into a pot and less than 30 minutes later sitting down to a wholesome family meal? Not much in my book!
- Sausage: I use smoked andouille sausage to pack a ton of flavor into this pasta recipe. I prefer lean chicken sausage, such as al fresco brand, but feel free to use any type of Cajun flavored sausage you like.
- Cajun Seasoning: Homemade is the way to go for flavor and to control the sodium content and level of heat.
- Pasta: You want to select a noodle that sauce can easily adhere to, such as rotini, rigatoni, or elbow noodles.
- Diced Tomatoes: If you, or your kids, don't care for the texture of diced tomatoes, substitute 15 ounces of tomato sauce in their place.
- Cream Cheese: Be sure to use regular or low-fat cream cheese, NOT fat-free cream cheese as it can cause the sauce to separate.
How to Make One Pot Cajun Pasta
- Over medium-high heat, saute sausage, peppers, and onions in olive oil until soft, about 3-5 minutes. Add in garlic and saute for just a minute longer.
- Add in stock, tomatoes, and seasoning and bring to a boil.
- Once the liquid is boiling, add in the pasta, reduce the heat to a simmer, and cover with a lid. Cook for 10 minutes.
- Add in the cream cheese and stir into pasta. Cook, uncovered until the cream cheese has melted into the pasta, and the pasta is fork-tender, about 5 minutes.
Recipe Tips and FAQs
Yes! In place of the andouille sausage, saute cubed boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs and cook as directed.
Yes. I recommend only using Barilla gluten-free noodles, as they don't give off as much starch as other gluten-free brands. You want to check to be sure your sausage and broth are gluten-free as well.
This dish is on the spicier side. However, there are few things you can do to control the spice level. Choose mild andouille sausage or cubed chicken over traditional spicy andouille. Use ½ tablespoon of Cajun seasoning in place of the full tablespoon, or omit the cayenne pepper from the blend of spices used for Homemade Cajun Seasoning.
The cream cheese helps to balance out the spice in this dish. If you don't have cream cheese on hand, you can use sour cream, or add 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese. You can also omit altogether if you need a dairy-free meal.
If you have leftover pasta, allow to cool and then store in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. To reheat the pasta, you may need to add a splash of stock or water to keep the pasta from drying out. I don't recommend freezing this dish due to the cream cheese.
More Comforting Pasta Recipes
- Pasta Primavera
- Instant Pot Spaghetti
- 5-Ingredient Baked Rotini
- Tuscan Pasta
- Instant Pot Creamy Italian Pasta
If you enjoyed this simple Cajun Pasta, I would love for you to leave a comment and review below!
Creamy Cajun Pasta
- 12 ounces smoked andouille sausage sliced into ½ inch pieces
- ½ tablespoon olive oil
- ¼ cup diced onion
- ⅓ cup diced bell pepper about 1 large pepper, or 3 mini peppers
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 10 ounces diced tomatoes
- 2 cups low sodium chicken stock
- 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning
- 10 ounces rotini pasta
- 4 ounces cream cheese softened
- In a large stock pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add in sausage, peppers, and onions and saute until the onions begin to soften for about 3-5 minutes.
- Add in the garlic and saute for 1 minute longer.
- Add in stock, diced tomatoes, and Cajun seasoning and bring to a boil.
- Add in pasta, reduce heat to simmer, and cover with a lid. Cook for 10 minutes.
- Remove lid and add in cream cheese and stir into pasta. Cook until cream cheese has melted and pasta has finished cooking for about 5 minutes.
This recipe was originally published in 2017 but was updated in 2021 with new pictures.