Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Alfredo

This Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Alfredo recipe is a delightful spin on traditional Alfredo pasta. Combining the heartiness of smoked sausage with the delicate flavor of shrimp, all brought together with a creamy Alfredo sauce and a kick of Cajun spice, it’s a dish that’s sure to impress. I tried this recipe for a family dinner and it was a resounding success – the mix of flavors and the ease of preparation made it a new favorite. It’s a perfect meal for those who enjoy a little spice in their life while still savoring the comforts of a creamy pasta dish.


  • 16 oz bag elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 lb fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 lb smoked sausage, sliced
  • 1 jar Alfredo sauce (or homemade if preferred)
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • Handful of shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Cajun seasoning
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herbs seasoning
  • Lemon juice
  • Minced garlic


  1. Seasoning Shrimp and Sausage: In a bowl, mix the sliced sausage and shrimp with lemon juice, minced garlic, salt, black pepper, Mrs. Dash, and Cajun seasoning.
  2. Cooking Shrimp and Sausage: Melt butter in a pan. Add the seasoned shrimp and sausage mixture and cook until the shrimp are visibly done. Remove from heat.
  3. Cooking Macaroni: Pour the elbow macaroni into a pressure cooker. Add chicken broth and a couple of pinches of salt. Set to high pressure for 4 minutes with a quick release at the end.
  4. Combining Ingredients: Once the macaroni is cooked, mix in the shrimp and sausage, Alfredo sauce, Parmesan cheese, and a bit more Cajun seasoning (to taste for extra spice).

Nutrition Facts

Servings: Approximately 6 servings

Calories per Serving: Approximately 500-600 calories (Varies based on the specific ingredients used and portion sizes)

Preparation Time

Total Time: About 30 minutes (10 minutes for preparation and 20 minutes for cooking)

Additional Tips

  1. Pasta Variations: While elbow macaroni is used here, feel free to use other pasta types like fettuccine or penne.
  2. Homemade Alfredo Sauce: For a richer flavor, consider making Alfredo sauce from scratch with heavy cream, butter, and Parmesan cheese.
  3. Spice Levels: Adjust the amount of Cajun seasoning to suit your spice preference.
  4. Adding Vegetables: For added nutrition, consider tossing in some spinach, bell peppers, or broccoli.
  5. Sausage Choices: Andouille sausage can be used for a more authentic Cajun flavor.

FAQ Section

  1. Q: Can I use frozen shrimp?
    A: Yes, just make sure to thaw them completely before cooking.
  2. Q: Can I make this dish ahead of time?
    A: It’s best served fresh, but you can prepare the components ahead and assemble before serving.
  3. Q: What can I use instead of chicken broth?
    A: Vegetable broth or water can be used, though chicken broth adds more flavor.
  4. Q: Can I make this gluten-free?
    A: Yes, use gluten-free pasta and ensure your Alfredo sauce is gluten-free.
  5. Q: How do I store leftovers?
    A: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  6. Q: Can I use a different type of cheese?
    A: Yes, you can try mozzarella or Romano cheese for a different flavor profile.
  7. Q: Is it okay to use pre-cooked sausage?
    A: Yes, just heat it through in the recipe.
  8. Q: How can I make this dairy-free?
    A: Use dairy-free alternatives for butter, Alfredo sauce, and Parmesan cheese.
  9. Q: Can I add other seafood?
    A: Yes, crab meat or scallops would be great additions.
  10. Q: Can I use a different cooking method for the pasta?
    A: If you don’t have a pressure cooker, boil the pasta on the stovetop as per package instructions.