I like to think that I got some of those genes. Anyway, I watched my father and grandfather cook over the years and one of the things that they always did with meat of any kind is to marinade it in salad dressing. That was the basics from where all great foods were made. Of course they would add other spices and ingredients as well but Italian style dressing was a necessity.
Over the years salad dressing's have evolved and that bodes well for my style of cooking. Take this Cajun Pasta that I cooked for instance. I marinated the chicken overnight in a Sun Dried Tomato vinaigrette. It would have been easier to just cook some Penne Pasta and slap some Cajun seasoning on some chicken and bam, your done. But that's not how the coon-asses in my family would have done it. In fact, for this little dish I probably spent more time and energy on it than I have on anything that I have cooked in weeks. Don't let that scare you, it wasn't that bad. I have some shortcuts below and if you have the time, plan on marinating your chicken the day before and let it dance and have a party in all of the spices and seasonings.
I'm easily inspired when it comes to cooking (and other things) and Cajun Pasta is a very popular dish with many restaurants, including food chains such as Cheddars and Chili's. I really like the New Orleans Pasta at Cheddars and I think Scotty B's Cajun Pasta is along those lines. Many of the dishes that I post here can be used as a baseline and offers flexibility for anyone to make changes to fit their style of cooking or their particular tastes and this one is no exception. Cajun Pasta can take on many forms and you don't have to use Chicken, Shrimp and Sausage all at once. You can also change the sauce. I used Bertolli Vodka Sauce in mine. I could have easily made a marinara or Alfredo or a combination of the two but I chose to use a jar of this instead. However I think it would have been better with a plain marinara sauce. But take this into consideration when making your preparations to cook Scotty B's Cajun Pasta with Chicken, Shrimp and Sausage. I hope you enjoy it!
Slice one yellow onion.