Cajun Shrimp & Pasta


Alert the presses! The weather was, dare I say, tolerable today?! 8)

The humidity level mercifully dropped below 50%, making for a very enjoyable walk at lunch time, and run after work!

I’m also happy to report that I steered clear of any large wildlife on the trail this afternoon, although I did witness a domestic disturbance between a male and female cardinal. Dunh-dunh-duuuuuunh. ;)

FYI – did you know that female cardinals only have red feathers in various places on their body, while male cardinals are mostly all red? I had no idea until my Mom told me a couple days ago when we spotted a few on our walk. I thought they were all red no matter what! (ps how hysterical is this picture?!)


Ohhh anyways, from the birds to the bees shrimp… Cajun Shrimp & Pasta!


Cajun Shrimp & Pasta

Serves 2.


2 servings whole wheat pasta

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 Tablespoon butter

35-40 medium sized shrimp

3/4 Tablespoon essence

1 Tablespoon soy sauce

drizzle agave nectar (or honey)

squeeze of lemon juice


1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and return to pot. Meanwhile melt butter and olive oil in a 450 degree oven in a casserole dish.

2. Add shrimp to melted butter/oil mixture and add the rest of the ingredients on top. Mix to coat.

3. Bake shrimp for 5-10 minutes, or until heated through, then toss with the pasta. Enjoy!


WOW – talk about a punch of flavor!


I could really taste the fruity olive oil and all the super-spicy spices in the essence (love that essence on salmon too, btw!)


There was just a whisper of sweet from the agave nectar that I particularly enjoyed.


I used pre-cooked, frozen shrimp for this dish, which I thawed overnight in the fridge. Don’t worry, they won’t over cook in the oven. If you were using fresh shrimp, I’d bake them for at least 10 minutes, or until curled and pink.


Oooo boy, my mouth is en fuego, but I love it! This dish is tasty, fast and super yummy. A crowd pleaser, I’d say! :)


New Kathy Griffin on tonight! I seriously love that woman. Last week there was an honest to God puddle of tears in my lap from laughing so hard while watching a marathon of her specials. Some people love her, some people hate her. I happen to LOVE her! :D

Oh also, thank you for all your sweet comments regarding our upcoming trip to Italy. You guys made me even more excited than I already was – viva Italia!



Do you like spicy food?

I am usually the biggest wuss when it comes to spicy food – as in, ordering a “0” on the spice scale when out at Thai or Asian restaurants. I seem to be able to tolerate, and even enjoy, spicy foods when I make it though. Riddle me that?!

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  1. The picture of the birds is priceless! I can’t get enough of spicy food! Unfortunately, my husband can’t handle it – so I have to be very careful when I cook and add the extra spice only on my plate.

  2. Dawn 06.15.2010

    Not a big fan of spicy food, but I am a big fan of KG!!!
    Have a wonderful evening!

    p.s. can you tell I really love your blog? ;-)

  3. Lauren 06.15.2010

    Why are the female animals never as pretty as the males? Good thing human beings go against this force of nature! :)

    Spicy Shrimp! Yum! :)

    Have a great night girl.

  4. Simply Life 06.15.2010

    oh wow, that looks great!

  5. Heather 06.15.2010

    Yay Italy in the fall = perfection! Have a wonderful time :)

  6. Jenny 06.15.2010

    This pasta reminds me of a nail polish I used to have… OPI’s Cajun Shrimp! LOL… and I loveeeee spicy foods, I add Tabasco to a lot!

    • Anna 06.16.2010

      lol – my friend has the cajun shrimp polish and I borrow it all the time!

  7. Jenna 06.15.2010

    I love cardinals, they remind me of my late gma. Whenever I see them, I smile. Although, I didn’t know the difference between the female and males, thank you for the lesson. :)

    I didn’t get to comment this morning, but YAY for Italy, so exciting! We will all be living vicariously through you. Italy is on my ‘must visit’ list before I die!

  8. Oh gosh…I love spicy food. The spicier, the better!!

  9. This looks AWESOME!!! We are going to try this at our house…I need a new pasta dish! I love spicy foods!

    I am SO excited about KG finally premiering tonight! Can’t wait to see what is in store for us this season!!!

  10. Bridget 06.15.2010

    Can’t do shrimp or spicy. Darn!

  11. I’m not that big on spicy food, but I’ve been having to get used to it here in Nepal and India (EVERYthing is spicy =S). Have fun in Italia! If you’re going to Florence, I HAVE to recommend a restaurant called Il’atini (I think that’s how it’s spelled), but its amazing – probably the best meal I’ve ever had in my life =)

  12. Elizabeth 06.15.2010

    Love the bird picture and LOVE LOVE Kathy Griffin!

  13. Love your pasta, so simple and I bet it was sooo delicious :)

  14. nic 06.16.2010

    Sadly the male animals are usually brigher/nicer – has something to do with reproduction and getting all the female’s attention! :D
    Your shrimp dish looks to die for!!! Would definitely love to sit down for a dinner like this!! :D
    I actually am leraning to enjoy spicy foods!! I was never ‘tought’ eating spicy things and slowly but surely start to enjoy things with a little pep! :D

  15. Maybe you’re just really in touch with the way you like your spice :P!

    I love spicy foods, but not burn-your-face off!

    That pasta looks awesome- I LOVE cajun seasoning!!


  16. Beth @ bethcooks 06.16.2010

    Spice is my favorite!! I think that I can tolerate more than I actually can though. I always order things extra hot and then realize I can’t handle it…..damn.

  17. Maura 06.16.2010

    For me, its go big or go home with spicy food!!

  18. Anna 06.16.2010

    I used to HATE spice, but I can handle it now. I do like it better when I can control it in my own kitchen, though. Otherwise you’re never quite sure what you’re getting into.
    FYI – All male birds are brighter colors than their female counterparts (not just cardinals)! It’s how they attract their mates ;)

  19. AJ 06.16.2010

    This recipe looks good. Since it has no veggies in it, I would definitely do a side salad with it. I like spicy in moderation; if my eyes start watering & mouth is burning, it’s too much.

  20. Erin 06.16.2010

    The cheapest water we found in Rome was actually in the Vatican. Cheaper than any other place in the city. Also, an cathedrals you plan to go to (especially) in the Vatican have strict dress codes when it comes to tank tops, shorts and skirts. Try and research before you go so you don’t have the same problem my Mom did. She wasn’t allowed in some because of her shorts/skirts and we had to sneak her past security a few times!

  21. Lainie 06.16.2010

    Love spicy food…followed by a nice cold Microbrew… Yum.. :o)

  22. Oh, man! I love Kathy Griffin! I’m a little scare about some of her antics coming up this season, though. Vajazzling and a public pap smear?! :shock:

  23. Laura 04.20.2015

    Do you think you could add mushrooms or other veggies to this? Would you need to saute before-hand? I love this concept but was hoping to make a one-pot kind of meal.

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