Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Creamy Cajun Turkey Pasta

It's been another warm winter, as we Cajuns are used to. Although we'd love to serve more gumbos and soups, it's just been too hot! As a matter of fact, while the rest of the country is seeing dips in their temperatures down in the 30's and below, we had near 80's today in southern Louisiana!

Seems like I've been more on a pasta kick than anything; which is wierd because we are usually more of a meat, rice, and potato kind of family. The freezers are packed full in our house, so it doesn't seem fitting for me to stock up on more food when I visit the grocery store. Instead, I decided to defrost another package of turkey from the holidays. But I wanted something different, you know. Something with a sauce. And this is what came out of it...

Using ingredients I already had on hand, here's what you'll need:

1 stick of butter or margarine
2 cups turkey, shredded or cubed
2 1/2 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup flour
2 tbsp. minced garlic
2 tbsp. Mr. Pete's Cajun Seasoning
1/2 cup heavy cream
8 oz. Parmesan cheese, shredded
1/4 cup green onions, diced
1 cup frozen peas
1 lb. spaghetti noodles
Salt to taste


In a non-stick skillet over medium/high heat, melt butter. Slowly add flour, whisking until completely mixed and you notice a light brown color.

This is the color you'll be aiming for. Don't worry. The cream will lighten the sauce up in the end.

Add garlic and 1 tbspn. of Mr. Pete's Cajun Seasoning. Stir. Add chicken stock. Stir. Add peas. Stir.
After all that stirring, I promise it will be worth it!

Cook for approximately 5 minutes to allow the peas to thaw. During this time, I prepare my turkey.

Using my fingers, I simply pull apart the turkey into bite-size pieces. Feel free to cut your turkey in cubes or shred yours further.

Add turkey to the sauce, stirring until thoroughly heated about 10-15 minutes. Stir in cream and 1 cup Parmesan cheese. Add remaining Mr. Pete's Cajun Seasoning. Salt to taste. Remove from fire and add about half of the green onions and stir.

Cook spaghetti noodles according to package directions. Serve the cream sauce over the pasta. Using the remaining green onions and parmesan cheese, garnish the plates. Your dish will look and taste amazingly delicious! See for yourself!

We hope you will enjoy this Creamy Cajun Turkey Pasta as much as we did! Feel free to also substitute different ingredients that you may already have on hand, except for Mr. Pete's Cajun Seasoning! This is where your flavor is at! Trust me when I tell you, you'll Get Hooked On It!!!

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