Slow Cooker Cajun Alfredo Pasta
I admit I get tired of brown rice and beans recipes. They are healthy but sometimes boring. Sometimes I need to do something different. In honor of Mardi Gras I searched “Cajun Crockpot Recipes”. I found “Slow Cooker Cajun Alfredo Pasta Recipe” and decided to have fun. It looked easy too.
Here is the link for the original recipe. http://www.budgetsavvydiva.com/2012/09/slow-cooker-cajun-alfredo-pasta-recipe
I did make one notable change as I thought 10 to 14 ounces of pasta would be too much. I settled for 8 ounces which worked well here. Below are the ingredients I used.
- 1 Teaspoon – Garlic Powder
- 1 Tablespoon – grated parmesan (powdered kind)
- 1 Teaspoon of Pepper
- 1 15 oz. jar of Alfredo Sauce (I accidentally bought the roasted garlic one)
- 1/4 Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
- 1/2 Teaspoon of Paprika
- Pinch of Nutmeg
- Pinch of Salt
- 1/3 Cup of Fresh Grated Parmesan
- 1 8 oz. box of Banza Chickpea Pasta (Shells)
I added all the ingredients with the exception of the pasta to my crockpot. The picture below is just the liquid. I am following the original recipe to a tee at this point.
After 2 hours in the low position I added Banza Chickpea Pasta (Shells). I just discovered them at my local grocery story and am now a fan. Fooducate lists them as a Top Product (A-) and it takes like regular pasta. I looked at their store locator which indicates you can buy at Target stores.
Below is my picture after turning the crockpot off. I cooked the pasta for one hour. I probably should have cooked it just a little bit longer. I am thinking 90 minutes to 2 hours instead of one but still this recipe came out well.
Below is my last picture which was my lunch Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Tuesday I went to a Fred Pryor seminar in North Haven, Connecticut and I had no place to heat it up.
I will make this again. I think next time I will make my own Alfredo Sauce as I know the one I used was not the healthiest. Still I am pleased with this.
For more of the different crockpot recipes I have tried, visit my site at http://alzibluk.com/category/crockpot/.
All the best,
Alan Zibluk Market Hive Founding Member