One Pot Creamy Cajun Pasta Bake

I have recently become a One Pot Dinner super fan. How I have managed to feed my family for so long without a good collection of One Pot Recipes is simply beyond me. Not only is the dinner preparation quite easy but the clean up is ridiculously simple! One pot, one knife, one cutting board, one wooden spoon, one happy Mom! I am so hooked on the One Pot Recipe trend I have begun figuring out ways to convert old recipes into One Pot versions. Not only is it incredibly easy to make a boatload of food when using one pot recipes but they always taste incredible! The pasta soaks up every flavor added to the pot as it cooks and adds just enough starch to have that sauce clinging to every nook and cranny of every little pasta piece.

So far the equation for a successful one pot pasta dinner is pretty simple. Brown the meat and veggies, stir in the pasta and seasonings, add roughly double the amount of liquid as you did pasta. (For every cup of pasta add 2 cups of wet ingredients. Tomato sauce, crushed tomato, chicken stock, etc.) Simmer until perfect. Serve your army. What you do with the flavor combinations is limited only by your mind! Coming from a Cajun family tree it is no wonder I love to cook with the traditional Cajun flavors passed down from my swamp loving, gator catching, moonshine making, French ancestors. Our cookin’ may not always look pretty, most recipes come together in one pot fashion, but it will always knock your taste buds right outta your mouth. A rich and flavorful base to all Cajun recipes is the ¨trinity¨: a mixture of onion, celery, and bell pepper. If you’re not using seafood you better be using some sausage folks, it’s an unspoken rule. I found some incredible Cajun Style Chicken Sausages  at my local store and thought it was the perfect opportunity to save on some calories and fat. A faux creamy punch is given to the dish with Litehouse’s OPA Greek Yogurt Jalapeno Ranch Dressing, you’d never guess I didn’t use cream! In the end a delightful ¨Cajun Without The Calories” recipe was born.

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Try transforming your favorite dinner into a One Pot Recipe using my basic equation for one pot recipe success, then punch it up a notch with a faux creamy finish using one of Litehouse’s new OPA Greek Yogurt Dressing Flavors! There’s a flavor suitable for any family tree!

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One Pot Creamy Cajun Pasta Bake

Serves 8 | Finish in 30 minutes
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Try transforming your favorite dinner into a One Pot Recipe using my basic equation for one pot creamy cajun pasta bake recipe success.

Ingredients

16 oz. whole wheat pasta,
12 oz. Cajun style chicken sausage sliced (or whatever chicken sausage you can find),
1 onion diced,
2 bell peppers colors of your choice diced,
2 stalks celery finely chopped,
1 29 oz can crushed tomatoes,
1 14 oz can tomato sauce,
2 cups chicken stock,
3 tsp low sodium creole or cajun seasoning,
½ tsp pepper,
2 Tbsp Litehouse® Instantly Fresh Spring Onions
½ cup Litehouse® OPA Greek Yogurt Jalapeno Ranch Dressing

Directions

Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add the sausage, onion, bell pepper, and celery and cook until browned. Add remaining ingredients except the OPA Greek Yogurt Dressing. Bring to a boil, lower to a simmer and cover with a lid. Simmer 15-20 minutes stirring occasionally, or until the liquids have thickened and pasta is tender. Stir in the OPA Greek Yogurt Dressing and serve topped with additional spring onion if desired.


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