Jambalaya Pasta

Now that school is back in session, and fall sports and activities are underway, on weeknights it can be hard to find time time to prepare a proper dinner in the kitchen on those evenings when you have a million things going on.

This quick Cajun-inspired pasta dish is just the ticket to get a delicious meal on the table fast, that the whole family will love. Kielbasa is sliced and sauteed with some garlic, onion, and green peppers. Then seasoned with a bit of my homemade Cajun seasoning. A quick pan sauce is made with the addition of tomato sauce and cream, and then it’s all tossed together with cooked pasta to make for one delicious meal. Dinner is done in twenty, you can’t beat it!

I like to serve it with something green on the side to bump up the veggie factor – something like a nice green salad or a side of steamed broccoli are great ideas. Add this to the menu soon for a night when you need something quick, but filling! You won’t be disappointed.

Jambalaya Pasta

12 oz Farfalle (bowtie) pasta
1 Tbsp butter
1 lb Kielbasa, cut into 1/2-inch slices
1 cup heavy cream
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 Tbsp Cajun seasoning
3/4 cup white wine or chicken broth
1 (15) oz can tomato sauce
kosher salt
black pepper
1 Tbsp chopped parsley
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded

In a large pot, boil water for pasta. Salt water. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

Add butter to large skillet and melt over medium-high heat. Add kielbasa and cook, stirring occasionally until nicely browned. Remove from pan and set aside. Add onion and green pepper to the pan and saute until starting to soften, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and Cajun seasoning and cook for an additional 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add chicken broth to skillet, making sure to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom. Let liquid reduce by half, about three minutes.

Stir in tomato sauce. Add cream and heat to almost bubbling, then reduce heat to low. Return the kielbasa to the sauce. Let sauce simmer for 5 minutes. Add cooked pasta to the pan, as well as the parsley, and freshly grated Parmesan. Toss to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper before serving.

Source: adapted from Plain Chicken


  1. Posted September 10, 2014 at 4:41 AM | Permalink

    Craving some of this pasta right now… it looks amazing and I definitely think I will have to make your cajun seasoning mix!

  2. Posted September 10, 2014 at 6:39 AM | Permalink

    Hi … looks delish!! I make a similar one called tomato cream pasta!! Love your site… 🙂

  3. Posted September 10, 2014 at 1:34 PM | Permalink

    I will definitely have to make this with beef sausage. Never thought of turning jambalaya into a pasta. Unique!

  4. Posted September 10, 2014 at 2:01 PM | Permalink

    Now I am feeling super hungry for pasta! Looks delish!

  5. Posted September 10, 2014 at 3:08 PM | Permalink

    This looks amazing! I’ve been craving creamy pasta recently and I think I need to make this ASAP.

  6. Kim in MD
    Posted September 11, 2014 at 12:01 PM | Permalink

    This pasta looks amazing!

  7. Barbara
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 11:16 PM | Permalink

    Made this for dinner tonight. Loved it! All the recipes I’ve tried from this site have been winners.

  8. Katie
    Posted September 23, 2014 at 9:32 PM | Permalink

    This looks like a fabulous recipe! How many people (people: hungry college boys) would this serve?

    • Posted September 24, 2014 at 9:34 AM | Permalink

      I’d say 3-4, it’s pretty hearty and filling. Give ’em a salad on the side! 🙂

  9. Linda Bennett
    Posted September 30, 2014 at 9:28 PM | Permalink

    Night #2 of trying a recipe from Tide & Thyme….this too was excellent and easy to make….only change I made was that I added shrimp towards the end of the cooking time. Not too spicy, just right!!! Served with a green salad and garlic bread. Excellent. Will have this again, next time, I’ll add some chicken also.
    Can’t wait to try another recipe for dinner tomorrow night!!!!!

  10. Chelai
    Posted October 14, 2014 at 9:25 AM | Permalink

    This was really good and I was surprised how quick it was.

  11. Rose Ciprich
    Posted January 11, 2015 at 6:24 PM | Permalink

    My second time making this! I add shrimp and chicken. Love it! Love you!

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