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Cajun Jambalaya Pasta Recipe

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Kipp Bronk
Added: Tuesday, March 27, 2007


1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 boneless, skinless, chicken breast -- halved
1/2 pound large shrimp -- peeled and deveined
5 quarts water
6 ounces plain fettuccine
6 ounces spinach fettuccine
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium tomatoes -- chopped
1 small green bell pepper -- sliced
1 small red bell pepper -- sliced
1 small yellow bell pepper -- sliced
1 small onion -- sliced
1 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons white wine
2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon onion powder

Make a cajun seasoning blend by combining the white pepper, cayenne pepper,
paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder in a small bowl. Cut the chicken
breasts into bite-size pieces. Use about one- third of the seasoning blend to
coat the chicken pieces. In another bowl, sprinkle another one-third of the
spice blend over the shrimp. Start your pasta cooking by bringing 5 quarts of
water to a boil over high heat. Add both fettuccine to the hot water, reduce
the heat to medium, and simmer for 12 to 14 minutes or until the pasta is
tender. While the pasta cooks, heat 1 Tablespoon of the olive oil in a large
frying pan or skillet over high heat. When the oil is hot, saute' the chicken
in the pan for about 2 minutes per side or until the surface of the chicken
starts to turn brown. Add the shrimp to the pan with the chicken and cook
another 2 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep the shrimp from sticking.

When the chicken and shrimp have been seared, pour the contents of the pan onto
a plate or into a bowl. Do not rinse the pan! Put the pan back over high heat
and add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the pan. Add the tomatoes, peppers
and onions to the oil. Sprinkle the vegetables with the remaining spice blend
and saute' for about 10 minutes or until the vegetables begin to turn dark brown
or black. Add the chicken and shrimp to the vegetables and pour 3/4 cup of the
chicken stock in the pan. Cook over high heat until the stock has been reduced
to just about nothing. Add the remaining 3/4 cup of stock to the pan. The
liquid should become dark as it deglazes the pan of the dark film left by the
spices and cooking food. Stir constantly, scraping the blackened stuff on the
bottom of the pan. Reduce the broth a bit more, then turn the heat down to low.
Combine the arrowroot with the wine in a small bowl. Stir until it is
dissolved. Add this to the pan and simmer over low heat until the sauce
thickens slightly. When the pasta is done, drain it and spoon half onto a plate.
Spoon half of the jambalaya over the pasta. Sprinkle half the parsley over the
top. Repeat for the second serving.

Number Of Servings:
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Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
1-1.5 hours
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
You may be able to find fettuccine that comes in a 12-ounce box
with a combination of plain and spinach noodles. One brand is Ronzoni. This
variety is perfect for this recipe, and you won't have any leftover noodles in
opened boxes.




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