Creamy Cajun Shrimp & Cheese Tortellini
September 20, 2013
"Easy and delicious. For this dish, you really want to cook your own shrimp - I don't suggest the pre-cooked shrimp for this recipe. This dish has a little spice, but not too hot; and, tons of flavor. The corn adds a nice sweetness; and, the tomatoes, start to break down to create a sauce. Serve along side a fresh melon or fruit salad."
- FOR SAUCE
- Serving Size: 1 (427.9 g)
- Calories 808.1
- Total Fat - 68.4 g
- Saturated Fat - 24.9 g
- Cholesterol - 234.1 mg
- Sodium - 896 mg
- Total Carbohydrate - 17.2 g
- Dietary Fiber - 2.8 g
- Sugars - 2.8 g
- Protein - 31.3 g
- Calcium - 197.1 mg
- Iron - 1.7 mg
- Vitamin C - 15.3 mg
- Thiamin - 0.3 mg
Shrimp ... Remove the shrimp from the refrigerator or freezer. If frozen, make sure to thaw over a colander, so they don't sit in water as they thaw. Pat dry using a paper towel, and season on both sides; and, let them rest so they are close to room temperature. You never want to cook with COLD food.
Bring a saute pan to medium high to high heat, and add a little oil, 2 teaspoons should be plenty, depending on the pan. Add the shrimp, and saute quickly. When the shrimp begin to curl and start to turn pink ... they are done. DO NOT over cook them. They only take 3-4 minutes. They will go back in the sauce right before serving to warm up. Shrimp can and will get rubbery if over cooked. Remove from the pan to a small bowl, and cover to keep warm.
Sauce ... In the same pan you cooked the shrimp in, add a bit more oil, you may have some left from the shrimp; and, that is fine. Add the onion, peppers (see the NOTE below), jalapeno, and garlic; and, saute on medium heat for 2 minutes, stirring often. Add the tomatoes, corn, and cajun/blackening seasoning, and cook another 3 minutes. Then, add the half and half, season with salt if necessary; and simmer, on medium low heat until the sauce reduces a bit, another 3-5 minutes. This is a good time, as the sauce simmers to start your tortellini.
Note: I keep a bag of diced peppers in my freezer. It is a mix of green, red, yellow and orange; I don't blanch, prep, or anything. Simply dice and freeze. It is perfect to use in recipes such as this. But, you can really use any bell pepper you want.
Tortellini ... Cook the tortellini according to package directions in plenty of salted water.
Finish ... Once the tortellini is done; drain, and add to the creamy sauce. Add the shrimp as well; and, toss to combine. Add the cilantro or parsley, season if necessary; and, it's done.
Serve and ENJOY! ... Delicious, creamy; and, pretty easy to prepare. Great to serve with a simple fruit salad. Crusty bread is also nice to serve with this.
Tips & Variations
No special items needed.