Creamy Chicken & Sausage Cajun Pasta

This Creamy Chicken & Sausage Cajun Pasta is gluten free and dairy free- perfect for lunch or dinner! | read more at happilythehicks.com

Two and a half weeks ago, two of our best friends had a baby (check out their hospital newborn session here). Sweet Tommie Grace is seriously adorable and I have gone to visit every chance I get. Aunt Becca needs her Tommie fix! And honestly, who doesn’t love some sweet baby snuggles and hanging out with good friends? So the other day Isaac and I brought the new family of three some dinner, and a few days later Brooke texted me basically begging for the recipe. And who am I to deny her request? ;)

When thinking of a recipe to bring them, the first thing that came to mind was a tasty pasta dish. Because let’s be honest… who doesn’t love pasta?! I’ve also been all about those Cajun spices lately (which is made easy thanks to my pal Tony Chachere), and from that this recipe was born. I loaded up the pasta with lots of veggies, sausage, chicken and my favorite gluten free pasta.

This Creamy Chicken & Sausage Cajun Pasta is gluten free and dairy free- perfect for lunch or dinner! | read more at happilythehicks.com

But the real star of the show was the sauce. Mike can’t eat dairy, but I knew a creamy sauce would be perfect for this dish, so I made my new favorite thing ever: cashew sauce. It became a staple in our house while I was on Whole 30, and it’s the perfect way to add creaminess without using any milk or cheese. Dairy free creamy pasta? Yes please! Best of all, it’s SUPER easy to make. Like seriously, two minutes and you’re done, no cooking needed. Doesn’t get much better than that! 

Are you starting to see why Brooke begged me for the recipe? ;) But seriously, this recipe is a new favorite, and I know it’s going to be a staple in our household. Besides, who doesn’t love being able to indulge in some yummy pasta without all the guilt and without feeling weighed down? 

Creamy Chicken & Sausage Cajun Pasta

Creamy Chicken & Sausage Cajun Pasta

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium diced onion
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 14 oz andouille sausage
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 squash
  • 1 bell pepper (I used red!)
  • 2 cups cooked pasta (I used quinoa pasta from Costco)
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp Cajun seasoning

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil and cook the onion and garlic until soft and fragrant.
  2. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, cut the chicken into bite sized pieces, and slice the sausage on the diagonal. Add to the pot and cook until the chicken is mostly done. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Chop the zucchini and bell pepper into small pieces, add to the pot and continue to cook until the chicken is done and the veggies are tender.
  5. In a small blender cup, blend together the cashews and chicken broth until a cream has formed.
  6. Season the veggie/meat mixture with the Cajun seasoning, and stir to combine.
  7. Remove the pot from the heat, and pour the cashew sauce and pasta into the pot. Stir until the meat, veggies and pasta are completely covered by the sauce.
  8. Serve while warm!
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This Creamy Chicken & Sausage Cajun Pasta is gluten free and dairy free- perfect for lunch or dinner! | read more at happilythehicks.com

Now it’s your turn to talk! Answer one of these questions in the comments below:
Have you ever tried making your own “cashew cream” before?
What’s your favorite way to healthify a pasta recipe?

This Creamy Chicken & Sausage Cajun Pasta is gluten free and dairy free- perfect for lunch or dinner! | read more at happilythehicks.com

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  1. Trisha White

    July 19th, 2017 at 6:42 am

    Cashew Cream Sauce, no way!! Gosh I bet that is soo good. I make a Cajun pasta for my family as well, but I will for sure have to flavor it up with the cashew sauce next time. Yum!!! ♥

  2. Leslie Morrison

    July 19th, 2017 at 7:22 am

    I’ve never thought of using cashew cream sauce in my Cajun pasta! I will definitely try it next time!

  3. Amanda

    July 19th, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Oh my goodness this looks amazing! I cannot wait to make my own cashew cream!

  4. Sumer

    July 19th, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    This looks so good! I love Cajun pasta dishes! And I love that this is dairy free, too!

  5. Ayanna

    July 19th, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Yummy! I’ve never heard of cashew cream, but I love that you can make a creamy sauce without cream.

  6. Amanda Kanashiro

    July 19th, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Yum! I can’t wait to try the cashew cream. I would be so versatile.

  7. Lauren R

    July 19th, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    I can not emphasize enough how delicious this looks! I am buying these ingredients tomorrow – seriously! I know my family will loooove it!

  8. Felicia @ The Starving Chef

    July 19th, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Whoa this sounds amazing. I love anything cajun spiced!

  9. Caroline

    July 20th, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Oh yum! I love the sound of these ingredients! While I haven’t used cashew cream before, I think I’ll give it a go. Yours looks so delicious!

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