Mardi Gras Pasta Recipe: A Festive and Fun Dish for Fat Tuesday


If you’re looking for a festive and flavorful dish to celebrate Mardi Gras, look no further than this delicious Mardi Gras pasta recipe. Inspired by the vibrant and festive atmosphere of New Orleans, this dish combines the bold flavors of Cajun seasoning, smoked sausage, and colorful vegetables. Whether you’re hosting a Mardi Gras party or simply want to add a touch of Louisiana flair to your dinner table, this pasta dish is sure to impress.


To make this Mardi Gras pasta recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 8 ounces of fettuccine or your preferred pasta
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 pound of smoked sausage, sliced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced (use a mix of colors for added visual appeal)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) of diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon of Cajun seasoning (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 cup of chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)


Follow these simple steps to prepare your Mardi Gras pasta:

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the sliced smoked sausage and cook until browned. Remove the sausage from the skillet and set aside.
  3. In the same skillet, add the diced onion, bell pepper, and minced garlic. Sauté until the vegetables are tender.
  4. Add the diced tomatoes (with their juice) to the skillet. Stir in the Cajun seasoning and chicken broth. Bring the mixture to a simmer and let it cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the cooked pasta and smoked sausage back to the skillet. Stir well to combine all the ingredients and allow them to heat through.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste. If you prefer a spicier dish, you can add extra Cajun seasoning at this point.
  7. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and serve hot.


Here are some frequently asked questions about this Mardi Gras pasta recipe:

Q: Can I use a different type of pasta?
A: Absolutely! While fettuccine is traditional for this recipe, feel free to use any pasta shape you prefer, such as penne or bowtie.

Q: Can I substitute the smoked sausage with a different protein?
A: Yes! If you’re not a fan of smoked sausage, you can use shrimp, chicken, or even tofu as a protein alternative. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Q: Is this recipe spicy?
A: The level of spiciness can be adjusted to your taste by adding more or less Cajun seasoning. If you prefer a milder dish, start with a smaller amount and adjust as needed.

Q: Can I make this dish ahead of time?
A: While this pasta is best enjoyed fresh, you can prepare the sauce ahead of time and reheat it when ready to serve. Cook the pasta separately and combine just before serving to maintain the best texture.

Now you have a fantastic Mardi Gras pasta recipe to add some festive flavors to your celebrations. Enjoy the bold and vibrant flavors of New Orleans right in your own kitchen. Happy Mardi Gras!

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