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Crawfish Fettuccine

I have lived in this close-knit community all my life and enjoy cooking Cajun dishes, especially those with seafood. Along with a green salad and garlic bread, this dish is great for family gatherings. The recipe can easily be doubled to serve a larger group, and if you’d like it less spicy, remove the seeds from the jalapeno before chopping it. —Carolyn Lejeune, Welsh, Louisiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 2/3 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1-1/4 cups butter, cubed
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 8 ounces process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1 tablespoon chopped jalapeno pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces uncooked fettuccine
  • 1-1/2 pounds frozen cooked crawfish tails, thawed or cooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

Directions

  • In a Dutch oven, saute the onion, red pepper, green onions and celery in butter until vegetables are crisp-tender, 5 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in flour until blended; cook and stir, 2 minutes. Add the cheese, cream, jalapeno and salt; cook and stir until mixture is thickened and cheese is melted, 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cook fettuccine according to package directions; drain. Stir fettuccine and crawfish into the vegetable mixture. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat until heated through, 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

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