Cajun Shrimp Pasta Bake

I love this dish! It’s easy to make, quick and packed with flavor. I originally made it with kielbasa that I rendered in the oven until crispy, but my husband was adamant that it would be way better with shrimp. Wouldn’t you know it, he was right! I had some leftover country style gravy that I needed to use up, and this was perfect and saved me some time. I love it when that happens! “Slap Ya Mama” seasoning can be a bit salty, so no need to add any extra salt.

1 cup Onion; chopped

1 cup Bell Pepper; cored and chopped

1 Tablespoon Garlic; minced

1 lb Large Shrimp; peeled and deveined

1 Tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning

8 oz. Penne Pasta

1 ½ Tablespoons “Slap Ya Mama” Cajun Seasoning

1 teaspoon Garlic Powder

1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika

½ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

¼ teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes

1 ½ cups Country Gravy

2 Tablespoons Cream Cheese; room temperature 

1 ½ cups Mexican Blend Cheese; divided

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Bring a pot of liberally salted water to a boil and cook the pasta until almost al dente; about 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a smaller pot with water to a boil and add the Old Bay seasoning and shrimp. Cook until pink, about 4 minutes. Drain and place in an ice bath.
  4. In a large skillet over medium heat, drizzle in some olive oil and sauté the onions and bell peppers until tender. Add the garlic and continue to cook until fragrant; about 2 minutes. Pour in the gravy and add the seasonings, cream cheese and 1/2 cup Mexican cheese; stirring until the cheese is melted. 
  5. Fold in the cooked pasta and shrimp, then transfer to a casserole dish. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over top and bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. 
  6. Enjoy!

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Published by ashsinthekitchen

Home cook, gardener and lover of life!

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