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Seafood And Sausage With Essence Cream Sauce

Seafood And Sausage With Essence Cream Sauce

This is a classic Louisiana dish. It is simple to make once you have all of your ingredients prepped. If you want to lighten it up a bit use half and half instead of the heavy cream and go light on the parmesan.

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 pound linguine pasta
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces hot sausage, removed from its casings and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, cut into thin 1-inch strips
  • 1/2 cup yellow bell pepper, cut into thin 1-inch strips
  • 1/2 cup chopped shallots
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon, plus 2 teaspoons Essence
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 1/2 pounds small raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes for dry pasta. Drain in a colander. Return to the pot and toss with 1 tablespoon of the oil. Cover and keep warm while finishing the recipe.

  • While the pasta is cooking, in a large saute pan, cook the sausage over medium-high heat until browned and cooked through, about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Pour off the fat from the pan.

  • Heat the oil in the pan over medium-high heat. Add the bell peppers and shallots and cook, stirring, until just soft, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, green onions, and 1 tablespoon of the Essence, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Deglaze with white wine and cook until almost completely reduced. Add the shrimp and sprinkle with the remaining 2 teaspoons of the Essence. Cook, stirring, until the shrimp are just pink, about 1 minute. Add the lemon juice and cream and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring until starting to thicken, about 1 minute. Add the cooked pasta, cheese, and parsley, and toss to combine. Cook until the pasta is heated through and well coated, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and adjust the seasoning, to taste.

  • Divide among 4 pasta bowls, garnish with additional chopped green onions, and serve.