Fresh ingredients are in this delicious cheesy, creamy sauce surrounding tasty crawfish and fettuccine pasta with spicy jalapeno.
6 tablespoons butter
1 cup onions, chopped
1/4 cup celery, chopped
1/4 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
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon liquid crab boil, optional
8 ounces fettuccine pasta, cooked according to package, do not drain
some pasta water
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 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.
Next, add crawfish and cook for 10 minutes more, stirring often.
Now add flour, half & half and chicken broth stirring 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 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.
Add 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
Keywords: crawfish fettuccine