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One Pot Creamy Cajun Sausage & Veggie Pasta

An easy one pot creamy cajun sausage and veggie pasta made healthier and a little lighter!

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 504 kcal
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup + 2-3 tablespoons olive oil separated
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 bell peppers 1 red and 1 green
  • 1 container (8 ounces) white sliced mushrooms
  • 1 package (13 ounces) Skinless Turkey Sausage
  • 1/4 cup white flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock or broth
  • 2 cups 1% milk (2% or whole will work, but not skim)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2-4 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 ounces cream cheese reduced-fat or regular
  • 2 cups uncooked pasta*
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • Optional: fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Grab a large NONSTICK (must be nonstick and at least 12 inches for this dish to work properly) skillet and place over medium high heat.

  2. Prep the veggies: dice the onion, mince garlic, remove the stems & seeds and then thinly slice the bell peppers. Slice the Sausage into coins. *SEE NOTE*

  3. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, a diced yellow onion, and the minced garlic to the skillet. Stir for 1-2 minutes. Add in the bell peppers, mushrooms, and sausage. Cook stirring frequently until the veggies are tender and sausage is browned, about 7-8 minutes.

  4. Remove this mixture to a plate or bowl.

  5. In the same pan, add in the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil and the flour. Briskly whisk until a dough forms. Cook for 1 minute. Add in the chicken broth and milk whisking constantly. Add in the cajun seasoning (to taste and spice preference; not all cajun seasonings are the same heat), oregano, salt & pepper (to taste), and cream cheese. Whisk until smooth.

  6. Bring the mixture to a boil and then pour in the uncooked pasta. Stir to coat. Cover the pot and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook for about 12-14 minutes, stirring occasionally, and if needed add in an extra 1/4-1/2 cup chicken broth or milk.

  7. Once the pasta is al dente, add back the veggie + sausage mixture, the parmesan cheese, and if desired, fresh parsley. Stir and enjoy immediately.

Recipe Notes

*Alternatively use 1 (16 ounce) box of pasta *NOTE: if you want this dish done faster and to produce a larger quantity (and don't mind using 2 pots), boil the pasta separately and drain. Make everything else as directed and toss the cooked pasta with the veggies + sausage and cream sauce.