Imagine the creamy, spicy flavors of Cajun cuisine melded perfectly with the comforting textures of alfredo pasta. That’s what you get with this slow cooker cajun chicken pasta recipe—a delightful dish that combines tender chicken, smoky sausage, and penne pasta in a creamy Cajun sauce.
In my household we love all kinds of different pasta dishes, so this one was a no brainer!
This recipe is perfect for those who love a little spice and everything nice in their pasta dish. With simple ingredients and a crockpot, you can create a meal that’s sure to become a family favorite, offering amazing flavor with every bite.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I use a different type of pasta? A: Absolutely! While penne pasta is recommended for its ability to hold the creamy cajun chicken pasta sauce well, you can substitute it with other types like egg noodles or even rigatoni for a new recipe twist next time.
Q: What if I don’t have smoked sausage? A: Smoked sausage, such as andouille sausage, adds a smoky depth to the dish, but you can use any kind of sausage you have on hand. The important part is to capture those yummy Cajun flavors.
Q: Is it possible to make this recipe dairy-free? A: While this recipe highlights a creamy sauce made with heavy cream and parmesan cheese, you can explore dairy-free alternatives such as coconut cream and vegan parmesan to mimic the rich texture and flavor.
- Chicken breast (boneless, skinless, cooked & cubed)
- Smoked sausage (diced)
- Heavy cream
- Chicken broth (low-sodium)
- Cajun seasoning
- Garlic powder
- Salt & pepper
- Penne pasta
- Parmesan cheese (jar)
Where to Serve
This slow cooker Cajun chicken pasta is a versatile dish that fits perfectly anywhere from a casual family dinner to a potluck with friends. It’s a great recipe for pasta night and is sure to be a hit with the entire family. Serve it alongside a simple green salad and crusty garlic bread for a complete meal.
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. For longer storage, freeze portions in freezer-safe containers for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and reheat gently, adding a splash of water or chicken broth to loosen the sauce if necessary.
Tips for Making This Recipe with Kids
- Simple Tasks: Let the kids help by measuring the spices or mixing the cajun seasoning. They can also help by adding the ingredients to the slow cooker under supervision.
- Pasta Prep: Older children can help by cutting the cooked chicken into bite-sized pieces or learning to cook pasta al dente under adult supervision.
- Decoration: Encourage them to decorate the top of the chicken pasta dish with sliced green onions or bell peppers for a colorful finish.
Why This Recipe Works
This slow cooker Cajun chicken pasta combines the convenience of easy meals for busy weeknights with the comforting, bold flavors of a traditional alfredo pasta. The crockpot does the heavy lifting, slowly cooking the chicken and sausage to tender perfection in a creamy Cajun sauce. Easy simple ingredients like garlic powder, olive oil, and smoked sausage ensures that this dish is packed with flavor.
The addition of parmesan cheese at the end of the cooking time thickens the sauce beautifully, creating a creamy texture that clings to the al dente penne pasta. It’s the easiest way to deliver a comforting dish that appeals to the whole family, making it a new recipe likely to enter your regular rotation.
Whether you’re looking for a dish to impress on pasta night or just a comforting meal to end a long day, this slow cooker Cajun chicken pasta is a perfect choice.
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This Slow Cooker Cajun Chicken Pasta combines tender chicken and smoky sausage in a creamy Cajun sauce with penne pasta for a comforting, spicy twist on the classic alfredo. Perfect for busy weeknights, it's a flavorful meal that the whole family will love.
- 1 lb chicken breast, cooked & cubed
- 1 lb smoked sausage, diced
- 3 cups heavy cream
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons cajun seasoning
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Salt & pepper, to taste
- 1 lb penne pasta
- 8 oz jar parmesan cheese
Add all ingredients except pasta to the slow cooker and stir to combine
- Cook on low for 3 ½ hours
- Stir in the pasta and cook for an additional 30 minutes until the pasta is tender
- Serve & enjoy!
Amount Per Serving Calories 843Total Fat 65gSaturated Fat 35gTrans Fat 2gUnsaturated Fat 24gCholesterol 226mgSodium 2404mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 1gSugar 4gProtein 39g
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