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Cajun Pasta Fresca Recipe
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Cajun Pasta Fresca
See how to make a spicy vegetarian pasta with lots of Cajun seasoning. See more
  • READY IN 25 mins

Cajun Pasta Fresca

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"This is my absolute favorite dish! If you like food with just a little kick and you are a pasta fan...this recipe is for you!"

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    25 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. While the pasta water is boiling, in a large skillet over medium heat, briefly saute garlic in oil. Stir in tomatoes and their juice and sprinkle with salt. When tomatoes are bubbly, mash slightly with a fork. Stir in parsley, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes more.
  3. Toss hot pasta with tomato sauce, Cajun seasoning, mozzarella and Parmesan.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 17, 2008

This is delicious! I did use a big can (28 oz) of petite diced tomatoes instead of fresh tomatoes, and angel hair instead of vermicelli. Also, since I was using canned tomatoes, I only sprinkled a little salt, instead of the 1 Tablespoon called for. I topped with sliced blackened chicken (recipe from this site), and my husband and son loved it...couldn't believe it was all low fat. The only change I would make in the future is to put in less pasta, and to use whole wheat pasta. I used 16 oz pasta.....would probably use 8-10 oz. instead next time. Delicious! Will definitely make again. By the way, the cajun seasoning I used was "Slap Ya Mama" from Ville Platte, Louisiana. I have found it here in the Gulf Coast of Texas, and saw it on vacation once in Destin, Florida ( I like it because it's not as salty as some other popular brands of cajun seasoning.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 29, 2011

the more i got into this recipe, the more nervous i got. what i ended up with didn't look pretty but our family ate it..... i followed advice of other user and added other vegies and my own tweeks, as you want with this dish, its not one you need to follow to the letter

Mar 24, 2003

This was a fantastically fresh alternative to ordinary pasta sauce. I added some extra veggies (zucchini, spinach and mushrooms) and it made a tasty primavera. Bravo!

May 02, 2004

This is really great. I have made this recipe many many times! I am just finally getting around to reviewing it. My husband asks for this often. The fresh taste of tomatoes accented by the Cajun seasoning. Yum Yum. I always use Penne pasta. It just seems to go nicely with the sauce. (I actually don’t care too much for vermicelli pasta; I like to really taste and feel the texture of my noodles -and vermicelli lacks that for me.)

Aug 07, 2012

I did use several cloves of minced garlic instead of measuring out teaspoons. I also used a homemade Cajun seasoning blend and omitted the additional salt. Oh, man. This is to DIE FOR. My family loved this pasta dish--we fought over the leftovers.

Oct 07, 2007

I added some fresh basil to this recipe, along with chicken and shrimp, and it was quite good. I think more tomatoes than recommended would be better next time.

Jan 25, 2004

This is a very easy to make recipe that is great when you are short on time. The cajun spice mix you use is everything to the recipe, so choose wisely.

Jul 18, 2012

I had to restrain myself from eating too much of this tonight. Yeah, it was that good. I sauteed some sweet mini peppers before adding the garlic and tomatoes just for a little more interest and complexity. The Cajun seasoning I used was Coleen Deon's "Cajun Spice Mix," also from this site, and I was very pleased with it. In addition to the olive oil I added butter as well, which made this silky and rich. Loved the addition of the two cheeses, but don't be tempted to add too much mozzarella or you'll risk making this stringy.


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  • Calories
  • 294 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 46.2 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 9 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 7.5 g
  • 12%
  • Fiber
  • 3.2 g
  • 13%
  • Protein
  • 12.2 g
  • 24%
  • Sodium
  • 1178 mg
  • 47%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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