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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 for 5 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in flour until blended; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Add the cheese, cream, jalapeno and salt; cook and stir for 10 minutes or until mixture is thickened and cheese is melted.
  • Meanwhile, cook fettuccine according to package directions; drain. Stir fettuccine and crawfish into the vegetable mixture. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 10 minutes or until heated through, 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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