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Cajun Pastalaya

It's like jambalaya, but with pasta! A tailgating must have in Louisiana.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people
Cost: 15

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chicken thighs seasoned with 1 teaspoon Tony’s
  • 1 pound smoked sausage of choice
  • ½ roll Jimmy Dean Original Breakfast Sausage Hot can also be used
  • 1 bag frozen mirepoix mix (onions, bell peppers, celery)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 can of Original Rotel Hot can also be used
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Kitchen Bouquet
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce preferably Louisiana Hot Sauce
  • 6 oz can of chopped mushrooms, drained (optional)
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 teaspoons Better than Bouillon - Chicken flavor
  • ½ tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 box thin spaghetti noodles

Instructions

  • Season chicken thighs with Tony’s and grill until cooked through. Shred or cut into small pieces.
  • Slice smoked sausage into ½ inch slices and add to a heated Dutch oven or large saute pan.
  • Add in ½ roll of Jimmy Dean sausage into heated skillet as well. Cook down sausages on medium-high, crumbling breakfast sausage until cooked through and smoked sausage has browned, around 8-10 minutes
  • Remove meats from pan to a paper towel lined plate to catch excess grease
  • Add frozen veggies to a food processor for tiny pieces or straight into the same Dutch oven as before. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook down for 15 minutes or until veggies are very tender
  • Add in garlic, Rotel, Worcestershire, Kitchen Bouquet, Hot Sauce, and mushrooms to the pan. Cook down with veggies for 5-7 minutes on medium-low heat.
  • Add back in meats (both sausages and chicken), water, better than bouillon, and parsley. Stir to incorporate and bring to boil (high heat)
  • Once boiling, add in spaghetti noodles and make sure that all noodles are touching the liquid
  • Cover Dutch oven completely and let boil for 3 minutes on medium-high heat
  • Remove cover and then boil, stirring the noodles into the meat mixture. (It seems impossible, but I promise it works 😁)
  • Boil noodles for 10-12 minutes, or until noodles are al dente and most liquid has been absorbed.
  • Turn off heat, cover completely and let sit for 5 minutes. Serve with cornbread or potato salad!