Hi friends! This week we’re getting ready for Christmas still and we’ve been having so much fun! We let the girls open one of their Christmas presents early. I had scored Nerf guns for only $5 each at Kroger last month and we went to a local Civil War site called Fort Robinette and had the best time running around playing like kids. It was my little nephew’s eleventh birthday so we brought him and had a blast. Unfortunately, my selfie skills are lacking and I cut half of his head off in the picture lol. After that it was hard to catch anyone for pictures!
When Jason and I first got married, I made a lot of Hamburger Helpers. It was what I grew up on and I thought it was a good balanced meal for our family. I never thought I might be able to make that type of stuff healthier from scratch. We love Cajun food. I made up this recipe one day when I was craving something a little spicy and cheesy. Jason calls it my Healthy Cajun Helper. Because you make it from scratch, it is super easy to make sure you’re not getting too much salt or fat, or whatever you’re trying to avoid in your diet.
I like to use a mix of chicken and Andouille sausage in this recipe. The sausage gives the dish some delicious flavor and fat, while the chicken for the other half of the protein keeps it mild enough to suit everyone. Did mention this is a one pot meal? Yep. And, of course, it’s super easy too!
First thing, I finely dice my pepper, onion and quarter the sausage. Get the meat and veggies in a nice deep skillet to get cooking. Then when the chicken is done and the pepper and onions are tender, add in the broth, tomatoes, sauce and noodles. Get it simmering and let the noodles cook. After that, throw in the cheeses and season it.
All done! I like to serve garlic bread and a side salad with this dish but occasionally we just have it alone! I hope you enjoyed this recipe and give it a try! If you liked this blog, please give me a like and follow me so you will get an email whenever I upload a new post! Happy Holidays!!
Cheesy Cajun Pasta
An easy take on a one pot Cajun flavored dish.
- 1 pack Andouille sausage (like Johnsonville New Orleans recipe)
- 1 pound chicken breasts, diced
- 1 bell pepper, sliced thin
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 can tomato sauce
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 2 cans chicken broth
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 4-6 oz. cheddar cheese
- 2 tsp. Cajun seasoning
- 1 pound elbow macaroni or other pasta
- Dice chicken, pepper and onion. Slice sausage into quarters.
- Saute meat and vegetables in deep skillet until chicken is done and vegetables are tender.
- Add in broth, tomatoes, sauce and noodles. Simmer until noodles are done.
- Stir in cheeses and seasonings.