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One-Pot Cheesy Cajun Pasta

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time17 mins
Servings: 6
Calories: 891kcal


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 14 ounces hot smoked sausage sliced
  • 2 bell peppers cored, seeded and sliced (I used red and green)
  • 1 small yellow onion sliced or chopped
  • 1 pound campanelle pasta, uncooked
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup Chardonnay
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun Spice Mix, recipe below
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian Parsley

Donna's Cajun Spice Mix

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  • Combine all Cajun Spice Mix ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Combine the chicken, sausage, peppers, onion, pasta, chicken stock, wine, 2 tablespoons Cajun Spice Mix, and salt in a Dutch oven or 12" braising pan. Stir to combine. Cover and bring to a boil. Remove the cover and cook until the pasta is al dente (has a bite to it), 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep the pasta from sticking.
  • Remove from the heat and add the Parmesan cheese. Stir until the cheese melts into the pasta. Add the cream and stir to combine. Sprinkle with the parsley.
  • Slightly adapted from The Simple Kitchen


You can easily control the spice level in this dish. If you'd prefer a more mild dish, use mild smoked sausage and cut the cayenne pepper down to 1/2 teaspoon.


Calories: 891kcal | Protein: 56g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 17g