Smokey Cajun Shrimp Pasta

My baby brother wanted shrimp and I wanted pasta. I’ve seen Cajun Shrimp Pasta before and figured you can’t go wrong with cajun spices, smoked shrimp, pasta and a cream sauce. So, here’s my take. Naturally it has bacon and smoked paprika.

  • Pasta:
    • 16 oz Fettuccine Pasta
    • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • Shrimp:
    • 2 lbs Jumbo Shrimp; peeled & deveined
    • 2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
    • 2 Tablespoons Cajun Seasoning mix
  • OR:
    • 1/2 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
    • 1/4 teaspoon Chili Powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon Onion Salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon Cracked Black Pepper
    • Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes
  • Cajun Bacon Alfredo Sauce:
    • 1 slice of Bacon; finely chopped
    • 1/2 cup Onion; minced
    • 4 cloves Garlic; minced
    • 1/4 cup Unsalted Butter
    • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
    • 1 1/2 cup Milk
    • 4 ounces Cream Cheese
    • 1 1/2 cups Parmesan Cheese
    • 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
    • Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes
    • Salt and Pepper to taste
    • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Parsley; finely chopped
  1. Toss the shrimp in the herbs and spices, then skewer and place on a large flat dish. Cover and chill for at least 20 minutes (1-2 hours is best).
  2. Preheat smoker to 325°F.
  3. Meanwhile, heat a dutch oven or deep skillet over medium heat and add the bacon, butter and onion. Cook until the onion is tender before adding the garlic, sautéing until fragrant; about 2 minutes.  Reduce the heat to medium-low and pour in the milk and cream. Add the cheeses, stirring until melted. You can whisk in more milk, 1/4 cup at a time if the sauce gets too thick.
  4. Add the shrimp skewers to the smoker and cook for 10-12 minutes or until pink.
  5. Heat a large pot of liberally salted water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook until almost al dente; about 10 minutes. Drain and add to the Alfredo sauce along with the shrimp. Toss and serve!
  6. Enjoy!

Looking for a side dish? Try one of these recipes!

Sweet Brown Sugar Bourbon Baked Beans Recipe by Ash's In The Kitchen
Creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese pasta cheddar cream cheese Recipe by Ash's In The Kitchen
Hawaiian Mac Salad Recipe by Ash's In The Kitchen

Published by ashsinthekitchen

Home cook, gardener and lover of life!

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