Better than Leftovers, Jambalaya Cream Pasta

I promised a second meal and wouldn’t you know I deliver.  Introduce yourself to the better than leftovers Jambalaya Cream Pasta.  I don’t know about you, but cooking up a whole chicken left us with lots of extra cacciatore.  I sent a few rounds with Scott for lunch and ate a round or two of it myself, but sooner or later you’ve had enough of the same dish.

Scott’s been “not so subtly” hinting the past few days (love ya babe) that he really wanted a bowl of jambalaya to come and grace his dinner hour.  I am not one to disappoint, so I came up with this tasty little concoction.   This pasta was so good, that I could have eaten it every day for a week and not gotten sick of it.  I’m thinking I need to make cacciatore on a regular basis from here on out, just so I can have this pasta.

Oh, and if you get to the end, look at the picture and say “Mighty Mo!  Where did she get that beautiful roll?”  Well, you can find the recipe waaaaaay back on the website HERE.  It’s a recipe for breadsticks, but you can just make some balls, throw them into a muffin tin and cook up some gorgeous little beauties to accompany your meal.

Ingredients Needed:

2 Tbsp of Butter
1 Zucchini, Chopped
1 Large Celery Stalk, Chopped
1/2 Onion, Chopped
2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
2 Cups of Cacciatore Chicken, Deboned
11/2 Cups of Diced Ham
1 Tbsp of Cajun Seasoning
2 Cups of Cacciatore Sauce
1/2 Cup of Chicken Broth
1/2 Cup of Heavy Cream
10oz of Small Penne Pasta

First up, add your butter to a large saucepan and melt it on medium heat.  Once melted add in your chopped zucchini, celery, onion, chicken, ham and garlic.  Cook it up for about 4 or 5 minutes.

Now add in your cajun seasoning.

Finally, turn the heat down to low and add in the chicken broth and the heavy cream.

Stir it up and let it heat through for a minute or two and Voila!  You’re done with your better than leftovers pasta. Dinner is served my friends; for the second time.

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Jambalaya Cream Pasta

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp of Butter
1 Zucchini, Chopped
1 Large Celery Stalk, Chopped
1/2 Onion, Chopped
2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
2 Cups of Cacciatore Chicken, Deboned
11/2 Cups of Diced Ham
1 Tbsp of Cajun Seasoning
2 Cups of Cacciatore Sauce
1/2 Cup of Chicken Broth
1/2 Cup of Heavy Cream
10oz of Small Penne Pasta

Directions:

First up, add your butter to a large saucepan and melt it on medium heat. Once melted add in your chopped zucchini, celery, onion, chicken, ham and garlic.

Cook it up for about 4 or 5 minutes.

Now add in your cajun seasoning.

Finally, turn the heat down to low and add in the chicken broth and the heavy cream.

Stir it up and let it heat through for a minute or two and Voila! You're done with your better than leftovers pasta. Dinner is served my friends; for the second time.

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23 Responses to “Better than Leftovers, Jambalaya Cream Pasta”

  1. 1

    Roti n Rice — September 2, 2010 @ 8:22 am

    That’s a very tasty looking leftover. I like the cajun spice in there.

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    OK CHICK — September 2, 2010 @ 8:46 am

    Looks awesome, like normal. A couple questions:
    1. Where do you find most of your recipes?
    2) How often to you grocery shop?
    3) Do you plan your meals out in advance?

    You might have answered these questions before. Sorry, if you have.

    • Julie replied: — September 2nd, 2010 @ 1:51 pm

      Well let’s see… I create the majority of my recipes myself but most of them are inspired by some other dish that I ate and loved or saw and thought I needed to try and replicate it. I grocery shop once a week with a couple stops at the local produce stand in between to supplement my fresh fruits and veggies. And, believe it or not, I usually find myself planning dinner about an hour before I serve it up.

      Now that I’m running this food blog, that method of chaos is getting harder and hard to maintain, so pretty soon I’m going to need to change my unorganized ways and start planning a bit more. Believe it or not, I have all five posts planned out (not all cooked yet but hey, one step at a time, right) for next week. I’m pretty darn proud of myself for putting out the effort.

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    Katerina — September 2, 2010 @ 9:02 am

    This is a fantastic way to use your left overs, and the dish you have created is completely different from the previous one. I love its creamy texture.

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    Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli — September 2, 2010 @ 10:14 am

    The 2 cups of cacciatore sauce, that’s the leftovers from the crockpot?

    • Julie replied: — September 2nd, 2010 @ 12:36 pm

      Yep. It’s the sauce left from the crockpot. Mine came out to 2 cups exactly. It’s as if it knew it was needed for this next recipe adventure!

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    Julie @ Willow Bird Baking — September 2, 2010 @ 10:55 am

    You know it’s good when you hope for leftovers just to make it! YUM!

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    Maranda — September 2, 2010 @ 12:01 pm

    Wow that looks good. And Mighty Mo! Where did she get that roll?? That’s right! Back there! Thanks for sharing. Now I have GOT to make that chicken cacciatore!

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    Joey @ Big Teeth & Clouds — September 2, 2010 @ 12:05 pm

    Before this I’d never seen Jambalaya! I feel like I’m getting so cultured!

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    Anna Johnston — September 2, 2010 @ 12:25 pm

    Wow…, if this is left overs I’m pretty impressed. I like this recipe :)

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    Alicia (Tails of an Apronista) — September 2, 2010 @ 1:15 pm

    I am inspired to do so much more with my leftovers than just re-heat! Thanks

    But really, may I just say, I love seeing the step by step photos. I was just telling my husband about your blog a few days ago and that you should be a food stylist (if you are not already) b/c it doesnt seem to matter what you are making, the photos just look amazing!

    Have a beautiful day!

    • Julie replied: — September 2nd, 2010 @ 1:26 pm

      what a sweet thing to say! I always feel like my photography needs work, especially up against some the other amazing food bloggers out there! It makes me smile to think that you enjoy my pictures. Thank you!

  10. 10

    Beth — September 2, 2010 @ 2:23 pm

    Great leftover meal. Great description and directions. Thanks for sharing.

    Plan B

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    Chef Dennis — September 2, 2010 @ 3:03 pm

    now that is certainly a creative use of leftovers……who would ever know! Great combination of flavors and such a creamy delightful pasta!

  12. 12

    Brenda — September 2, 2010 @ 3:07 pm

    Now those are leftovers I’d want to eat! It sounds great and looks even better!

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    Gitte — September 2, 2010 @ 7:49 pm

    Julie, THAT looks fantastic. This makes me want dinner, again.

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    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — September 2, 2010 @ 7:53 pm

    I have some chicken sitting in the fridge… this is such a practical recipe! And “Might Mo” to that bun for sure!

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    Donna Timeless Settings — September 2, 2010 @ 8:36 pm

    That looks yummy, and that is the cutest roll! can rolls be cute??

    Donna

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    anne — September 3, 2010 @ 2:49 pm

    oh my gosh, i am printing off recipes like crazy since now i realize that i missed 2 weeks of recipes–i just hought you were on vacay again!! :) anne

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