Jambalaya Pasta

I was craving jambalaya the other day.   Jambalaya and carbs.  Well, technically jambalaya is full of carbs if you count the rice.  I’ve made it the traditional way but the other day I also was craving carbs in the form of pasta.  So I decided to make a jambalaya with orzo pasta.  I guess you could call it a kind of Creole/Italian fusion?  Orzo is rice shaped pasta, so I figured it would sort of qualify as the rice in jambalaya and then I could use chicken, sausage, shrimp, tomatoes and some veggies and Cajun seasoning and call it a day.  The results were fantastic!

Start by sauteing onions, celery and bell pepper in some olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.

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Add cut up chicken thighs and andouille sausage.  Cook until the chicken is almost cooked through – about 5-7 minutes.

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Add Cajun seasoning and mix well.

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Add orzo pasta.  Mix to combine.

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Add chicken stock and diced tomatoes.  Stir, cover and let cook over medium-low heat until orzo pasta is cooked.  This will likely take around 20 – 30 minutes.  You will need to stir this every so often so it doesn’t stick to the bottom.

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When the pasta is cooked and about 10 minutes before you are ready to serve, add the peeled and de-veined shrimp and mix to combine.

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When the shrimp is pink, the pasta is done.  It should take about 5-6 minutes.

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Serve and enjoy!

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Recipe:
1 lb boneless chicken thighs, cut into pieces
1 lb andouille sausage, cut into pieces
1/2 lb shrimp, peeled and de-veined
1 – 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
1 – 16 oz box orzo pasta
3 cups chicken stock
1 medium onion, diced
4 ribs celery, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 to 1 1/2 Tablespoons Cajun seasoning (to your liking)

In a large pot over medium heat, saute onions, celery and bell peppers.  Add chicken thighs and andouille sausage.  Cook until the chicken is almost cooked through – about 5 to 7 minutes.  Add Cajun seasoning and mix well.  To the pot, add the orzo pasta and mix to combine.  Add chicken stock and diced tomatoes.  Stir, cover and cook over medium low heat until the pasta is done – about 20 to 30 minutes.  You will need to stir every so often to prevent it from sticking.  When the pasta is cooked and about 10 minutes before you are ready to serve, add the shrimp and mix to combine.  When the shrimp is pink, the pasta is done.

Serve and enjoy!

Caroline