Everyday Mom's Meals: Egg Noodles Please

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Egg Noodles Please

Back in May when I shared my Cajun Chicken Pasta, it was a huge hit with not only my family, but a lot of yours too! (That makes me so happy!) So, if you were one of the many that enjoyed it, you're going to flip for the this new side dish, since it was 100% inspired by those same flavors!

Sometimes when I meal plan, side dishes are my nemesis. I can figure out mains with no problem, and then I have to brainstorm for quite a while before the perfect side comes to me. Now, yes, we have our staples and our favorites, and even some meals that have to have the same things with it every single time (Seriously, these boys will riot if certain things aren't served together. Fish sticks must have mac n cheese. No substitutions.)

Many times when I find myself in this conundrum, egg noodles pop into my head...and then I begin to drool. See, they are one of my favorite things on the planet, can take on great flavor, are super easy  go with almost anything, and can live in the pantry forever.

That is exactly how this dish came to be. We were grilling out, I had a bag just calling my name, and I wanted something different. Then I remembered that Cajun Chicken Pasta and thought "Hey, I could take those basic flavors, leave out the protein and have a pretty killer side dish."

The sauce on these is much lighter than a thicker Alfredo. It lightly coats the noodles, without being too heavy. They tasted great with the chicken I served them with, but would be equally delicious with seafood or steak I think.

If you're like me and always on the hunt for new side dishes, be sure to add these to your "to make" list ASAP!

Creamy Cajun Noodles
1 lb. egg noodles, cooked and drained
3 TBS butter
1 c. heavy cream
1 c. half and half
1 small yellow onion, finely minced
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
3/4 c. chicken broth
2 1/2 TBS Cajun seasoning
Juice of 1 lemon 
1/3 c. grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste
Dried Parsley

While noodles cook, in a medium sauce pan, melt butter over medium low heat. Saute onions with garlic powder until soft. Add chicken broth and scrape bottom of pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes. Slowly add cream, half and half, Cajun seasoning, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Add cheese and whisk to combine. Simmer for about 10 minutes, until slightly thickened. When noodles are cooked, add sauce and stir well. Garnish with dried parsley. *NOTE* This is NOT a thick sauce life Alfredo, it will be just thick enough to coat a spoon and lightly mix with noodles. 

Shared at Weekend Potluck


Sheila said...

I'm a sucker for pasta and Sweet Husband loves anything Cajun so this will be a big hit! I came across your blog on South Your Mouth. Thanks for the yummy recipes!

Krista said...

Hi Sheila! Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy these as much as my family. My hubby is a HUGE Cajun fan too! Have a great weekend!

Bethann22 said...

This sounds so yummy! Do you think it would turn out OK with GF pasta?

Krista said...

Hi! Having never used GF Noodles before I don’t know, but if you regularly swap them out for other pasta dishes, I don’t know why not!

Mizbehavin said...

Hi there im in aust and looking foreward to making this...please tell me what half an half is off..cheers from down under

Krista said...

Half & Half is a mixture of milk and cream. Here in the states it’s used in coffee a lot. It can be found usually with the heavy cream.

Kiala said...

I made this for dinner last night. It was simple and easy. I also added shrimp. Thanks for the recipe!

Krista said...

I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Shrimp sounds like a yummy addition!!