Learn how to make cajun alfredo pasta that is loaded with crisp bacon, homemade cajun alfredo sauce, spinach, and broccoli. This cajun alfredo pasta is bursting with a creamy flavor.
Cajun Alfredo Pasta – 30-minute pasta recipe
Cajun alfredo pasta is a 30-minute pasta recipe that is going to win you over. Pair with some breadsticks, garlic bread, or a crisp fresh green salad.
How To Make Cajun Pasta
- Start by cooking your pasta according to the back of the box. I opted to use Rigatoni pasta, but you can use other pasta if you choose.
- Now you want to take your chopped raw bacon and cook in a skillet until fully cooked. Lay bacon on a paper towel-lined plate to soak off excess oil.
- Now you will work on your alfredo style sauce that has a cajun spice, once it is ready to mix in veggies and follow the directions attached in the printable card below.
The full recipe is in the printable recipe card below. If you are wanting a little cajun spice, trust me this easy pasta recipe is a must.
Vegetables Added In Recipe
I used broccoli and spinach for this recipe. Now, you can leave them out or do one or the other. I loved the earthy flavors from the spinach and texture from the broccoli.
You could also add in other veggies you might enjoy. Just think if the vegetable sound paired next to sauce and pasta, then go for it. If you love mushrooms that could be a great idea.
Can I Add Chicken To This Recipe
You bet! Feel free to cook up diced chicken or even shredded and then mix it in when the sauce is fully cooked. It is a great way to make this pasta a bit heartier and more filling.
I have cooked up chicken breasts that I sprinkled with cajun seasoning to add even more flavor to the juicy white meat. You could even dice up and add in some andouille sausage or raw shrimp that you cook as well.
More Easy Cajun Recipe
- Crockpot Cajun Chicken Pasta
- Cajun Jambalaya
- Easy Instant Pot Cajun BBQ Pork
- Instant Pot Shrimp Boil
- Instant Pot Dirty Rice
Storing Cajun Pasta Leftovers
If you have leftovers, you are welcome to store your cajun pasta in the fridge in an airtight container. Now, this will store for up to three days.
If you leave the bacon out you can stretch the shelf life up to 4-5 days.
Does This Pasta Freeze Well
Since the dairy products in this recipe, you will find it does not freeze well. It will curdle and separate when it thaws once from being frozen.
Variations To This Recipe
- Add in chicken, shrimp, or even sausage.
- Swap out the pasta shape for another type.
- Toss in mushrooms, peppers, or other vegetables.
- You can use chicken broth in replace of wine if you don’t cook with wine.
- Add hot sauce or red pepper flakes on top for added spice
There are so many ways for you to dress up this recipe. Feel free to try one or more variations I mentioned above.
Cajun Alfredo Pasta
- 16 ounces rigatoni pasta
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 10 slices bacon chopped
- 1 cup white wine or chicken stock
- 1 pint heavy cream
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- 1/4 cup Cajun spice
- 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 5 cloves garlic minced
- 2 bunches broccoli cut in small pieces
- 4 ounces fresh spinach
- Start by cooking your rigatoni pasta as directed on the back of the box. Once cooked you will drain and toss with the olive oil. Set it aside.
- Now you want to take your raw chopped bacon and cook it on medium heat in a large skillet on the stove. You will cook until the bacon is starting to get crispy. Remove bacon and place on a paper towel lined plate to drain grease off bacon. Then remove bacon grease from the skillet.
- Now you will add in your white wine and use a spoon to deglaze the bottom of the pan. Once the pan is clean you move on to the next level.
- Add in your cream cheese, heavy cream, and stir until it is melted.
- Mix in your Cajun seasoning, cheese, and garlic.
- Stir in your broccoli and cover and cook for 5-6 minutes or until your broccoli is tender.
- Once broccoli is tender toss in your spinach leaves, stir and cook for 1-2 more minutes. Once spinach is wilted you can toss in the cooked pasta, and serve the cajun alfredo pasta.