Tsiakli Family Recipes

Cajun Spaghetti

5 servings


25 minutes

active time

1 hour 5 minutes

total time


½ cup vegetable oil

8 ounces tomato sauce

1 ¼ cups water

¼ teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1 teaspoon salt

1 pound small shrimp, peeled and deveined

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

½ onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons cornstarch

2 tablespoons cold water

12 ounces spaghetti

8 green onions, minced


Mix 1/2 cup oil, tomato sauce, 1 1/4 cups water, basil, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a 4- to 6-quart pot over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low; stir occasionally.

Meanwhile, season shrimp with 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes; mix thoroughly and set aside.

Warm 2 tablespoons oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add green bell pepper, red bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Cook and stir until slightly softened, 3 to 5 minutes.

Add vegetables to tomato sauce and cook over medium heat for 3 minutes. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 to 25 minutes.

When sauce has 7 to 10 minutes to cook until completion, add seasoned shrimp to sauce; mix well. Bring heat to medium and stir occasionally.

Mix cornstarch and 2 tablespoons cold water in a small bowl; add mixture to sauce when sauce has 2 minutes left until completion and mix well.

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes; drain and place in a serving bowl.

Pour sauce over pasta and sprinkle with green onions.


Serving Size



585 kcal

Total Fat

25 g

Saturated Fat

3 g

Unsaturated Fat

0 g

Trans Fat



138 mg


845 mg

Total Carbohydrate

61 g

Dietary Fiber

5 g

Total Sugars

6 g


29 g

5 servings


25 minutes

active time

1 hour 5 minutes

total time
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