Healthy eating does not mean that you have to skip out on flavor and this Cajun Asparagus and Sausage Skillet delivers the flavor. Loaded with tons of veggies and tasty spice, this sausage skillet is a quick and easy weeknight meal that you can make in about 40 minutes. Your family won’t even realize they are eating a healthy recipe when you serve them this Cajun flavor explosion.
Back when my husband and I were dating we went to to New Orleans for a long weekend. We had an amazing time seeing the sites, visiting voodoo shops, and touring the cemeteries. But our absolute favorite thing to do there was eat. I think we might have had four or five meals a day just so we could try as many restaurants as possible. If you are interested in going there my friend Lauren has some great city guides on where to go and what to do you can check out here.
We are always looking for ways to bring a little bit of that flavor home to Missouri and this skillet does just that. I know that we don’t include any seafood in this asparagus sausage skillet, but we live in Missouri. So fresh, flavorful seafood isn’t exactly available on every street corner. We make due with what we have and dream of the day we get to go back to the Gulf coast.
The idea for this recipe actually came from my sister (thanks Aub!). She’s a busy mom of the worlds cutest toddler and fully understands just how hard it is cook with kids around on a time limit. You wouldn’t think that a four year old would be that busy but between swim practice and dance and preschool events there is hardly any time for long, tedious recipes. This is a quick go to meal that the kid will eat and the adults will actually enjoy.
Tips for making this recipe:
- Be sure to blanch the asparagus. I know it probably seems like just an extra step and extra pot dirtied. But if you don’t blanch it first it takes it quite a while to cook in the skillet and by then it’s gotten soggy and everything else has gotten soggy and it’s not really the same.
- Don’t poke the potatoes. It’s very difficult to stop yourself from constantly stirring and poking the pan. But try and restrain yourself. Stirring the potatoes constantly will only make them take longer to cook and degrade their shape.
- If Cajun seasoning is too spicy for you or your little ones feel free to cut back on the amount. If you don’t have/don’t like Cajun seasoning this skillet is also delicious with Italian seasoning. Feel free to adjust to your and your families personal tastes.
- While it isn’t essential, I’m obsessed with cooking in my cast iron skillet. It really helps you get a great sear on everything. Not just meat! I’ve included a link to the one I use below. But you can sometimes find vintage ones in flea markets!
This Spicy Cajun Asparagus and Sausage Skillet is the quick and easy dinner your family needs! Packed with seasonal veggies and even more flavor this meal is healthy, fresh and perfect for a busy weeknight meal.
- 1 Bunch Asparagus Chopped into 2" pieces
- 2 Cups Water
- 4 Red Potatoes Cubed
- 2 Carrots Sliced into 1/4" pieces
- 1 Green Bell Pepper Diced
- 1/2 Medium Yellow Onion Diced
- 1 Package/14 oz Smoked Sausage Sliced into 1/2" pieces
- 2 Tsp Cajun Seasoning
- 1/2 Tsp Salt
- 1/2 Tsp Black Pepper
Prepare all ingredients by dicing and chopping all vegetables and the sausage. Bring the 2 cups of water to a boil in a medium sized pan.
Add chopped asparagus to boiling water and set timer for 5 minutes. While asparagus is boiling, add oil to a skillet over medium heat and add potatoes and add potatoes and carrots in a single layer.
Once asparagus has boiled for 5 minutes and turned bright green drain pot and set aside. Allow potatoes and carrots to cook for 15 minutes or until they begin to soften.
Push potatoes and carrots to the edges of the skillet and add onions, peppers, and sausage to skillet. Add seasoning to skillet and cook for an additional 10 minutes or until onions have softened and sausage has browned.
Add asparagus to skillet to and throughly mix all ingredients so they have all been evenly coated in the seasoning. Serve warm.
Amount of seasoning can be adjusted to taste if too spicy.
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