One-Pot Cajun Chicken and Sausage Alfredo Pasta

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 14 ounces smoked sausage, sliced on the diagonal
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 ¼ cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups dried penne pasta
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Cajun seasoning, plus more to taste
  • ½ cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced Italian flat-leaf parsley
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a large, covered cooking pot over medium-high heat. Brown chicken in the hot oil, 5 to 7 minutes.

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  • Step 2

    Add sausage to the pot and continue to cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes more. Stir in garlic and cook for about 2 minutes. Add chicken broth, heavy cream, pasta, and Cajun seasoning. Stir together and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, about 5 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Reduce heat to low, cover the pot, and cook until pasta is tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Step 4

    Remove the pot from heat and stir in Parmesan cheese. Stir in chopped parsley and sprinkle with additional Cajun seasoning if desired.

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