Copycat Smokin’ Dave’s Cafe’s Fiery Cajun Shrimp Alfredo

Ohhhhhhh. Ahhhhh. Andouille, my spicy sausage friend. And shrimp. Glorious shrimp. Together in a creamy sauce, over perfectly cooked pasta. If that’s not a plate of comfort I don’t know what is. This copycat Smokin’ Dave’s Cafe’s fiery Cajun shrimp Alfredo hit the spot on a cold, winter’s day.

Copycat Smokin' Dave's Cafe's Fiery Cajun Shrimp Alfredo

This dish definitely reminds me of another one of our favorites, blackened chicken Alfredo. It too is loaded with great Cajun flavors with a creamy sauce. But unlike this andouille and shrimp version, it requires blackening chicken breast. If you haven’t done that indoors get ready to open the windows ‘cuz it’s gonna get mighty smoky.

Copycat Smokin' Dave's Cafe's Fiery Cajun Shrimp Alfredo

Course Main
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds large shrimp peeled, deveined
  • 6 tablespoons Creole seasoning divided
  • 1 pound linguine
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil divided
  • 1 pound andouille sausage chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons red pepper flake
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups Parmigiano-Reggiano grated
  • parsley chopped, for garnish

Instructions

  • Place the shrimp and 3 tablespoons of the Creole seasoning into a large resealable bag or container and shake. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Begin cooking the pasta per package instructions while making the sauce. Drain when cooked.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the andouille and saute for 2 minutes, stirring.
  • Add the onion, stir, and saute for 2 more minutes.
  • Add the red pepper flake and garlic. Stir and cook for 1 minute.
  • Stir in the Worcestershire sauce.
  • Add the cream, milk, remaining Creole seasoning, pepper, chili powder and salt. Stir.
  • Add the butter and stir until melted.
  • Add the cheese and stir until melted. Reduce heat to as low simmer.
  • In another large skillet heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the shrimp and saute for 1-2 minutes per side until just turning pink.
  • Transfer the shrimp and the cooked, drained pasta to the sauce and stir.
  • Serve garnished with parsley.