Spicy Sausage and Shrimp Alfredo

My husband and I are guilty of being lovers of a good cheese sauce covering pasta or vegetables… Particularly when it is alfredo sauce! Alfredo is easy to make homemade once you understand how to make a rue – once you have the technique down… Fattening cheese sauce can be on your menu far more than it should 😉

  
Spicy Sausage and Shrimp Alfredo

Ingredients:

  • Spicy sausage links (we used 3 Johnsonville Hot Links)
  • Frozen cooked large shrimp (ours happened to be from ALDI…cleaned, deveined, with tails on)
  • 2/3 box of Pasta (bow ties this time)
  • 1.5 – 2 cups Freshly grated Parmesan (we also used some Gouda we had on hand – not necessary!)
  • 2 -3 cups Fresh broccoli florets (chopped into bite size pieces)
  • 1.5 – 2 cups Half and half
  • 2 tbsp Butter (salted)
  • 2 tbsp Flour
  • Cajun seasoning
  • Salt 
  • Pepper

Instructions:

  • Grill sausage on a cast iron pan or in a skillet. We used our large skillet that makes grill marks. Once cooked through, transfer the sausage to a cutting board and cook defrosted shrimp in the same pan, sprinkling with Cajun seasoning on both sides until browned. The shrimp is already cooked… We are just getting nice color and spice. Transfer to a dish. Slice sausage into small slices on a diagonal. 
  • Boil water for your favorite pasta. We almost always make a pound to have leftover pasta for other meals during the week. 
  • Steam broccoli  – we do so using our large pot with steamer insert. Broccoli should be slightly tender but not mushy. 
  • Begin cooking your pasta. 
  • Start the sauce… In a pot, melt butter (about 2 tablespoons) over medium heat  to begin your rue. To that, add about 2 tablespoons of flour and whisk until you get a nice brown color. Add in about 1.5 cups of half and half but keep whisking. You should not be able to see bits of flour. Add in 1.5 to 2 cups of cheese once the mixture is warm. Season with salt and pepper to taste after the cheese melts. Remove from heat or simmer on low heat… Stir to prevent sticking. 
  • Combine everything with your sauce (steamed broccoli, cooked pasta, cooked shrimp, cooked sausage). Taste and season as you like! 

I like diced sundried tomatoes in mine… This dish helps me have one of my favorite meals at home instead of spending a fortune out… And we had 2 huge dinner servings plus about 3 lunch sized portions too. Enjoy!

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