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One Pot Jambalaya Pasta

Get your Cajun on with this simple One Pot Jambalaya Pasta. Chicken, sausage, shrimp, veggies and authentic Louisiana flavor layered over linguine and topped with fresh herbs. It’s quick, easy, and jam packed with flavor.

One Pot Jambalaya served in a white dish with pasta

An Easy Pasta Dinner with Jambalaya Flavor!

Cajun or creole wasn’t a flavor profile I grew up with. So, the first time I tried Jambalaya, it was like fireworks in my mouth! Ever since then, it’s been a meal I circle back to pretty often.

Lately, I’ve been trying to find a way to make it more easily and with ingredients I have on hand more often. I bet I know what you’re thinking – those deep Cajun flavors don’t develop quickly or easily, it takes time. Yes, that’s true, but that’s also why I use my secret weapon for this meal. 

Are you wondering what it is? A premade Cajun seasoning blend!

Cajun seasoning makes it possible to have a delicious one pot jambalaya pasta dish with all of the deep flavors you’re craving in just 30 minutes!

Recipe Ingredients

Jambalaya is basically a one-pot mash with loads of veggies, spices, and protein. It’s a great meal for substitutions and using up what you’ve got before ingredients go bad/expire. As long as you have the basics, really, anything goes!

Here’s what I suggest using:

  • vegetable oil
  • onion
  • celery
  • bell pepper
  • chicken breasts
  • andouille smoked sausage
  • low sodium chicken broth
  • tomato pasta sauce
  • tomato paste
  • Cajun seasoning
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • sweet paprika
  • Salt and pepper
  • linguine
  • shrimp
  • Chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
Sausage, celery, onions, and peppers ready to saute.

How to Make Jambalaya Pasta

  • Saute: Heat oil in a dutch oven or large stockpot over medium heat. Add onions, celery, and bell peppers and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add Meat: Stir in your cubed chicken and continue to cook, stirring frequently, for 4 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink. Stir in your sausage slices and cook for 1 minute.
  • Sauce: Add chicken broth, tomato sauce, and tomato paste. Stir to combine. Season with Cajun seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, sweet paprika, salt, and pepper. 
  • Simmer: Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. Then, reduce the heat to a simmer and continue to cook for 15 minutes, stirring often.
Shrimp, Chicken, and Sausage cook together in a pot
  • Add Shrimp: Add your raw, peeled, and deveined shrimp and stir to combine. Continue to cook for 10 to 12 more minutes, or until the linguine is soft and the shrimp is cooked through. Stir frequently. 
  • Serve: Remove the dutch oven or stock pot from heat. Garnish with parsley or cilantro, and serve. 

Tips for the Best Jambalaya Pasta

Now, I already know I’ve got the best one pot jambalaya pasta recipe around, but here are some tips that will make it even better!

  • Try to cut all of your veggies in similar bite-size pieces so they will cook evenly. 
  • If you’re craving a creamy sauce, fold in a bit of cream cheese before serving. 
  • As I mentioned above, purchasing and using a Cajun seasoning blend will save you so much time on this dish. You’ll get all the flavor in way less time.
  • For extra flavor, make this in a cast iron pot. 
  • You can adjust the amount of Cajun seasoning you use to either make this meal less spicy or 5 alarms!
  • There are lots of substitute options for the andouille sausage if you don’t have any or if it doesn’t fit into your diet. Try kielbasa, chicken, or pork sausage for a great flavor. 

Serving Suggestions

Traditionally, Jambalaya is served with rice, but I prefer it with pasta. You can, of course, opt to have it with rice instead. 

You can also sub out the type of pasta. I like linguine, but you might prefer a thicker pasta like fettuccine or bucatini or a thinner noodle like an angel hair. 

If you are carb free, you can definitely serve this with riced cauliflower or zoodles. You can easily make the call based on your preferences. 

One Pot Jambalaya served in a white dish with pasta

How to Store and Reheat Jambalaya Pasta

  • This recipe makes quite a bit of jambalaya so it is likely you’ll have leftovers. Store them in an airtight container in your refrigerator for about 3-4 days. As it sits, the pasta will continue to absorb some liquid and the sauce will develop a more intense spice. 
  • To reheat, add the contents back to your skillet. Over low heat. If it seems a bit dry, add in some more chicken broth and simmer until all of your protein is heated through. 
One Pot Jambalaya served in a white dish with pasta
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5 from 5 votes

One Pot Jambalaya Pasta

Get your Cajun on with this simple One Pot Jambalaya Pasta. Chicken, sausage, shrimp, veggies and authentic Louisiana flavor layered over linguine and topped with fresh herbs.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cajun pasta, how to make jambalaya, jambalaya with shrimp
Servings: 8
Calories: 592kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2 celery stalks sliced
  • 1 red bell diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 pound chicken breasts, cut into cubes
  • 1 pound Andouille smoked sausage, sliced
  • cups low sodium chicken broth
  • cups tomato pasta sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning, use less if you don’t like it spicy
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • ½ tbsp onion powder
  • ½ tbsp sweet or smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound dry linguine
  • 1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed
  • chopped fresh parsley or cilantro, to garnish

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a dutch oven or large stockpot over medium heat.
  • Add onions, celery, and bell peppers; cook for 1 minute.
  • Stir in cubed chicken and continue to cook, stirring frequently, for 4 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink.
  • Stir in sausage slices and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add chicken broth and stir; add tomato sauce, tomato paste and stir to combine.
  • Season with Cajun seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, sweet paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • Add linguine and bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  • Reduce heat to a simmer and continue to cook for 15 minutes, stirring often to prevent sticking.
  • Add shrimp and stir to combine; continue to cook for 10 to 12 more minutes, or until linguine is soft and shrimp is cooked through. Stir frequently.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Garnish with parsley or cilantro, and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 592kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 219mg | Sodium: 1307mg | Potassium: 929mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1874IU | Vitamin C: 56mg | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 4mg

11 Comments

  • Suzy
    March 24, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    5 stars
    The best kind of comfort food! Love the added spice to this pasta!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      March 25, 2020 at 2:58 pm

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

      Reply
  • Amanda
    March 24, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    5 stars
    I absolutely love Jambalaya!!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      March 25, 2020 at 3:00 pm

      Thank YOU, Amanda! 🙂

      Reply
  • Vikki
    March 25, 2020 at 5:21 am

    5 stars
    This jambalaya looks so colorful and tasty! Gotta make this ASAP

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      March 25, 2020 at 2:58 pm

      Thank you! 🙂 I hope you enjoy it!

      Reply
  • Carrie Robinson
    March 25, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    5 stars
    I am loving that you went with pasta here instead of the usual rice! Looks delicious. 🙂

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      March 27, 2020 at 4:19 pm

      Thank you, Carrie! 🙂

      Reply
  • Sara Welch
    March 25, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    5 stars
    Served this for dinner last night and it has easily become a new family favorite recipe! Looking forward to left overs for dinner tonight!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      March 27, 2020 at 4:18 pm

      That’s great! I am very happy you and your family enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Cathy
    March 26, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    This is SO easy and delicious!

    Reply

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