One-Pot Gumbo Pasta Recipe

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 (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 (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 (Image: Julia Mueller)