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312
Calories 
52g
Carbs 
7g
Fat 
11g
Protein 
9
Weight Watchers® SmartPoints™
(8 PointsPlus®)

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Recipe

Creamy Cajun pasta is one of my favorite dishes. I love the combination of anything creamy with anything spicy and it's pasta - so it's a win. However restaurant versions of this dish many times pack in over 1500 calories so I like to make it at home instead with high fiber or whole wheat pasta, lots of veggies, and a touch of cream cheese to create the sauce. You can adjust the heat to fit your preferences. If you like things really spicy, add some cayenne or chipotles in adobo sauce.

Prep Time

Creamy Cajun Pasta Shells

6
Prep Time: 
Cook Time: 
Total Time: 

Ingredients

4
  • 8 oz. high fiber shell pasta (or whole wheat)
  • 2 tbsp. Cajun seasoning (or to taste)
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 U red pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 U green pepper, sliced thin
  • 2 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 U red onion, sliced thin
  • 4 U cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup scallions

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size: 
1.5 cups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 312
Calories from Fat 69
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
12%
Saturated Fat 3g
15%
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 16mg
6%
Sodium 442mg
19%
Total Carbohydrate 52g
18%
Dietary Fiber 8g
32%
Sugars 8g
Protein 11g

Directions

  1. Prepare the pasta according to package directions. Drain.
  2. Heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the vegetables to the same pan and cook for 6-8 minutes until tender. If they begin to stick, add 1-2 tablespoons of water. Stir in half the Cajun seasoning.
  3. Turn heat down to low and add the diced tomatoes (undrained), cream cheese, and remaining Cajun seasoning. Cook until cream cheese melts and the sauce is formed. Taste and season if needed.
  4. Serve with scallions.
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