CAJUN SHRIMP PASTA WITH SAUSAGE

Ingredients :
½ pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed
1 andouille sausage, about ½ pound, sliced into rounds
1 – 2 tablespoons cajun/creole spice mix, adjust to your spice/heat level
Olive oil
½ medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
½ red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon cajun/creole spice mix
1 teaspoon brown sugar

1 – 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped (1 large or 2 small)
½ cup crushed tomatoes
¾ cup chicken broth
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
¾ cup heavy cream, or ½ & ½ (I prefer heavy cream!!)
12 ounces fettuccine or farfalle (bowties)
Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper
Grated Parmesan and chopped parsley, for serving

Directions:
Bring large pot of water to boil for pasta. Toss shrimp with 1 – 2 tablespoons of cajun seasoning and coat well. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and drizzle bottom of pan with olive oil. Add shrimp and cook for 2 minutes or so until starting to curl. Flip shrimp over and cook another minute or two and then remove to a plate and set aside. Drizzle pan with a little more olive oil, add sausage and brown until nicely caramelized, about 4 – 5 minutes. Remove to plate, set aside.
Add pasta to salted boiling water and cook until al dente, a minute less than package instructions.

Lower heat to medium and add another good drizzle of olive oil to the pan, add the onion, red bell pepper, thyme, smoked paprika, 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning, brown sugar and a generous pinch of salt. Sauté until onion and pepper have softened a bit, scraping up any browned bits that you can. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

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