Fresh ingredients are found in this deliciously creamy, cheesy Crawfish Fettuccine with spicy jalapeno pepper. Nope, this is not your typical canned soup recipe!
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I tell 'ya, there ought to be a Hallelujah chorus sung every time a dish of hot and bubbly Crawfish Fettuccine comes out of the oven.
It wasn't until my late teens that I first put a bite of this rich, cheesy pasta blessed with crawfish in my mouth. A ter that, I couldn't get enough of it and still can't today!
Crawfish fettuccine did not become popular until the late seventies. M guess is that one day some Cajun flipped a favorite classic Italian dish by adding crawfish, the Cajun trinity,
This recipe is taken from my Mama's original with a few changes. M goal these days is to cook with lower processed ingredients. I you think about it, anytime we start messin' with food, we process it away from its most natural state. S instead of canned cream soup, I use half and half, butter, and flour. And i stead of processed cheese, I use cheddar and cream cheese.
Easy Cooking Steps To Crawfish Fettuccine
But before we get started, you need to know that you can use uncooked shrimp instead of crawfish. Either one will ake a delicious cheesy seafood pasta dish.
Cooking the Cajun trinity of chopped onion, celery, and bell pepper in butter gives this cheesy cream sauce the start it needs. It provides the oundation for the fettuccine sauce with a rich taste before adding the seafood.
Pouring the cream into the main ingredient shows a beautiful contrast between the red and green colors. Take your time a d savor this work of art! Adding chicken broth, cheddar, cream cheese, and jalapeno pepper to melt together makes it a luscious cheese sauce.
The last step is adding the pasta and then deciding how to serve it.
Note: Do not drain the fettuccine pasta after cooking. It's important t spoon the fettuccine right from the pasta pot with water. This gives more oisture and helps combine all of the flavors together.
There are 2 options for serving the pasta. You can leave i in the pot after stirring in the pasta or place it in a casserole dish to bake. Either way is so delicious! A generous sprin ling of breadcrumbs over the top is optional if you prefer baking it. I like the extra crunch and texture it adds.
More Crawfish Recipes
- How To Boil Crawfish
- Crawfish Lasagna
- Crawfish Pot Pie, A cajun Delight
- Crawfish Nachos
- Crawfish ‘n Cornbread
- Shrimp And Crawfish Pasta
- Crawfish Etouffee, To Etouffée Is To Smother
- Chunky Cheesy Creamy Crawfish Dip
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup onions, chopped
- ¼ cup celery, chopped
- ¼ cup bell pepper, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, pressed
- 1 pound raw, peeled crawfish tails
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 cup half & half
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup (4 ounces) mild cheddar cheese, grated
- 2 oz. cream cheese
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ¼ teaspoon liquid crab boil, optional
- 8 ounces fettuccine pasta, cooked according to package, do not drain
- some pasta water
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
- ½ cup parmesan cheese
- ½ cup breadcrumbs, optional
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a casserole dish by spraying with oil if serving as a casserole.
- Melt butter in a large skillet and add onions, celery, bell pepper to cook for 10 minutes adding garlic during the last few minutes of cooking.
- Add crawfish and cook for 10 minutes more, stirring often.
- Stir in flour, half & half, and chicken broth until well blended.
- Add the cheddar cheese, cream cheese, and jalapeno pepper, stirring until cheeses are melted into the sauce.
- Stir in salt, cayenne pepper, and crab boil if you opt for it, cooking on low heat, simmering for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Boil the pasta while the sauce is cooking; do not drain the water from the pasta.
- Add the pasta by spoonfuls straight from the water into the sauce, do not add the rest of the pasta water.
- Stir in parsley and combine well.
- Serve from the pot or pour into a greased casserole dish.
- Top with parmesan cheese (and breadcrumbs if you want an added crunch).
- Bake for 15 minutes or until bubbly and golden on the edges.
- Garnish with more chopped fresh parsley. Enjoy!
- It's important not to drain the pasta, so the dish does not dry out.
- Adding the jalapeno with the cheese keeps the pepper intact for a flavorful bite.
- The liquid crab boil gives more heat and flavor but is not necessary.
- Substitute 1 pound of peeled and deveined raw shrimp for the crawfish for a Shrimp Fettuccine.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 35 minutes
- Category: Main Dish
- Method: Simmering/Broiling
- Cuisine: Cajun
- Serving Size: 1 cup
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