One-Pot Gumbo Pasta Recipe

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Classic shrimp gumbo is a filling, flavor-packed delicious meal that when combined with pasta becomes a can't-be-missed comfort food. While traditional gumbo can take hours to cook, this one-pot shrimp gumbo pasta requires only a few minutes of preparation, and just over 30 minutes of cook time. The end result is a well-rounded, satisfying dish that can easily be made any night of the week. This low-fuss recipe requires basic ingredients, most of which you already have in your pantry or refrigerator. Make the recipe up to 3 days ahead of time to serve throughout the week!

How to make one-pot shrimp gumbo pasta
How to make one-pot shrimp gumbo pasta (Image: Julia Mueller)

Things You'll Need

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored and chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, cored and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 pound raw shrimp, deveined 
  • 12 ounces pre-cooked andouille sausage links, sliced
  • 1 (8-ounce) package penne pasta
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Step 1: Saute the Vegetables

Heat oil to medium in a large stock pot or sauce pan. Add onion and celery and saute until the onion begins to turn translucent, about 5 to 8 minutes. Add bell peppers, garlic, Cajun seasoning, sea salt and dried thyme. Continue cooking until the vegetables have softened, but are still al dente, about another 5 to 8 minutes.

Saute the vegetables
Saute the vegetables (Image: Julia Mueller)

Step 2: Add the Liquid and Pasta

Add the chicken broth and diced tomatoes and bring to a full boil. Reduce heat slightly and allow the mixture to cook at a full (but controlled) boil for 5 minutes. Add the pasta and press it down into the liquid so that the noodles are submerged. Cook uncovered until pasta reaches desired done-ness, about 10 minutes.

Step 3: Add the Shrimp and Sausage

Add the andouille sausage and shrimp. Reduce heat to low, cover the pot, and allow the pasta to cook 6 to 8 minutes, until the shrimp has cooked through. Stir in the fresh parsley and taste the pasta for flavor. Add sea salt to taste and serve!

Serve and enjoy
Serve and enjoy (Image: Julia Mueller)

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