Creamy Cajun Pasta

Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson® and Barilla®. All opinions are entirely my own.

Creamy Cajun Pasta @EclecticEveryday

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to make sure that I did a weekly menu plan every week, and stuck to it. I’ve tried menu planning before, but had never made the effort to stick to it during the week. Things would come up, the day would get too hectic, or something else would come up that made it seem just about impossible to stick to.

This year though I’ve made a few changes to the way I do menu planning. Instead of planning out a certain dinner for each day of the week, I plan out 9 or 10 recipes for the week. 7 of those recipes are things that require fresh ingredients. The other 2 or 3 are recipes that require pantry staples, freezer items, or a combination of the two. This way I don’t feel tied down to a certain plan. I have a little more freedom, and know if I don’t feel like this, I can have that from the freezer.

For instance, this past Monday was so hectic. It’s also the day I usually do my grocery shopping, unfortunately there was no way that was going to happen. My site had been hacked, my car’s check engine light came on, and my to-do list was a mile long. So instead of resorting to the drive-thru or take out, I reached to my pantry and freezer for one of those special emergency meals.

Creamy Cajun Pasta @EclecticEveryday

I started with Tyson® Chicken Strips. I always, I mean always, have these on hand in the freezer. They are such a time saver for recipes like this. Tyson fully cooked chicken is made with 100% all natural ingredients, the chickens are raised with no added hormones or steroids and no antibiotics. And their chicken strips are made with white chicken meat.

I also had some leftover bell peppers from last week, so I combined them with some sliced onion, Cajun seasonings and Barilla® pasta sauce. Barilla® is my favorite go-to sauce. It’s made the highest quality all natural ingredients and slowly simmered to bring an authentic taste. It contains no preservatives and is Italy’s #1 brand of pasta sauce.

For the pasta, I used Barilla® Collezione Casarecce. It’s a Sicilian pasta that works great in this recipe, especially since much of the food from New Orleans has that French and Sicilian influence. Barilla® also makes Italy’s #1 brand of pasta. All their pastas including the one I used in this recipe make your family dinners quick, easy and so versatile. Barilla® always cooks up to that perfect al dente pasta perfection.

Creamy Cajun Pasta @EclecticEveryday

I got all the ingredients for this recipe at my favorite local grocery store, Publix. They even have a coupon that is available in-store for $3.00 off when you buy any 1 Tyson® Chicken Strips, Tenderloins, or Fillets 25 oz (frozen) AND any 1 Barilla® Pasta Sauce 24 oz AND any 1 Barilla® Pasta 8-16 oz (combined purchase required). This coupon is valid February 13 – March 4, 2016.

You can find more great Tyson® and Barilla® recipes like this one at the Tyson® and Barilla® recipe board, Meals Made Easy with Tyson and Barilla.

Creamy Cajun Pasta @EclecticEveryday

Creamy Cajun Pasta @EclecticEveryday

Creamy Cajun Pasta @EclecticEveryday

Creamy Cajun Pasta

Ingredients:

  • 1 (12oz) package Barilla® Casarecce pasta
  • 2 cups Tyson® Chicken Strips (grilled or crispy) (frozen)
  • 1 cup Barilla® tomato and basil pasta sauce
  • 2 cups sliced bell peppers – red, green, yellow
  • ½ cup sliced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1-cup cream or half and half
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 1 cup chopped fresh spinach, for garnish

 

Directions:

Prepare pasta according to package directions. Add bell peppers, sliced onion and garlic in a large skillet with olive oil. Sauté until bell peppers and onions are tender crisp. Add Tyson chicken, pasta sauce and Cajun seasoning. Heat through.

When mixture comes to a bubble, reduce heat and add cream and white wine. Heat this through, but don't bring to a boil Combine this with cooked pasta and garrnish with chopped fresh spinach and serve.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson® and Barilla®. The opinions and text are all mine.

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