Cajun-Style Pork and Shrimp Pasta

Cajun-Style Pork and Shrimp Pasta

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From: Diabetic Living Magazine

Cajun seasoning adds flavor and spice to this delicious slow-cooker pork and shrimp pasta dish. Our recipe calls for salt-free seasoning to lower the sodium content, or you have the option to make your own Cajun seasoning blend.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • 1 1½ to 2-pound pork sirloin roast
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced (1 cup)
  • 1 large onion, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 (15 ounce) can red beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 8 ounces dried multigrain rotini pasta (3¼ cups dried)
  • 1½ tablespoons salt-free Cajun seasoning or Homemade Salt-Free Cajun Seasoning (see Tip)
  • 1 medium green sweet pepper, chopped ( ¾ cup)
  • 8 ounces frozen cooked peeled and deveined shrimp, thawed
  • Snipped fresh cilantro

Preparation

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  1. Trim fat from roast. Cut roast into three portions. Sprinkle pork portions with salt and black pepper. Coat an unheated large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Brown roast portions in hot skillet, turning to brown all sides evenly. In a 3½- to 4-quart slow cooker combine celery, onion, beans and tomatoes (see Tip). Top with browned pork pieces.
  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 7 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 3½ hours.
  3. Meanwhile, cook rotini pasta according to package directions except cook 1 minute less than package directions; drain. Remove meat from cooker; set aside. If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting. Add Cajun seasoning, pasta and sweet pepper to the cooker. Cover and cook for 15 minutes more. Cut meat into ½- to ¾-inch cubes; stir into pasta mixture along with thawed shrimp. Sprinkle each serving with cilantro.
  • Tips: To make Homemade Salt-Free Cajun Seasoning: In a small bowl stir together 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon paprika, ¾ teaspoon ground white pepper, ¾ teaspoon garlic powder, ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper and ¼ teaspoon black pepper.
  • For easy cleanup, line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your dish is finished cooking, spoon the food out of your slow cooker and simply dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1½ cups
  • Per serving: 306 calories; 5 g fat(1 g sat); 6 g fiber; 35 g carbohydrates; 32 g protein; 15 mcg folate; 109 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 524 IU vitamin A; 19 mg vitamin C; 55 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 370 mg sodium; 549 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (32% daily value), Iron (22% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 3½ lean protein, 2 starch, 1 vegetable

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