Back to reality today. We had so much fun with our friends over the weekend. My 6 year old was so worn out he was asleep by 7:00 last night. Long weekends are tough when you are 6!
We like spicy food in this house. By we, I mean me and my husband. Our 6 year old can’t stand spicy food. Sometimes I can get him to eat the Indian Food we make if I mix it with a bunch of sour cream to cool it down. We are from the Mid West, so we don’t have a ton of experience with Cajun food. I saw a recipe at Eat. Live. Run for a lightened up version of a creamy Cajun pasta. I am always looking for lightened up dinner recipes, so I was excited to give this one a try.
It came together very quickly and it was creamy and slightly spicy. I thought this was a great weeknight dinner. My husband ate it, and the leftovers, but it wasn’t his favorite. He is not a big fan of chunks of fresh tomatoes, so I am not surprised he wasn’t a fan. Next time I might use a can of crushed tomatoes to help win him over!
Creamy Cajun Pasta
Recipe slightly adapted from Eat.Live.Run
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into small pieces
1 Tbls olive oil
1/4 cup onion, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp Cajun seasoning
1 cup tomatoes, diced
1/3 cup half and half
8 oz Spaghetti
Cook pasta according to package directions.
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add olive oil, swirl to coat the pan. Add chicken and 1 tsp Cajun seasoning. Cook until chicken is cooked through, about 6 minutes depending on how big the pieces are. Remove chicken from the pan, cover to keep warm.
Add onion and garlic to the hot pan. Saute until the onion is tender. Add tomatoes, half and half, and 1 tsp Cajun seasoning. Bring to a slow boil, stirring frequently and cook for a couple minutes. Add chicken back to the pan. Stir in pasta, and toss to combine. Top with Parmesan cheese, if desired.