Cajun Meatballs and Pasta | Garlic + Zest

Cajun Meatballs and Pasta

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cajun, meatballs, pasta
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 585kcal
A homestyle favorite with cajun flair!
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For the meatballs

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 small onion minced
  • 1 large clove garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons parsley chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Legion of Spice Bayou Black Seasoning
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

For the pasta

  • 1/2 pound cooked farfalle cooked one minute under al dente, I used whole wheat, orecchiette or other similarly sized pasta
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 red bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 zucchini sliced vertically and then crosswise into half moons
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Legion of Spice Bayou Black Seasoning
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 ripe tomato diced
  • 1/4 cup parsley chopped


  • In a large bowl, combine the pork, onion, garlic, parsley, cajun seasoning and egg. Mix thoroughly with your hands. Measure out rounded tablespoons of pork mixture and roll into balls. Set aside.
  • Heat a heavy skillet over medium high heat and add 1 tablespoon canola oil. Working in batches when oil is hot, add meatballs, cooking on all sides until browned and mostly cooked through -- can be a little pink inside because the meatballs will continue to cook later. Transfer meatballs to a plate and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, heat tablespoon canola oil over medium high heat. Add the peppers and zucchini and saute for 1-2 minutes. Sprinkle with the cajun seasoning and cook an additional minute. Add the broth and bring it to a boil, cooking for an additional minute. Stir in the cream. Add the meatballs and pasta. Reduce heat to a simmer and place a tight fitting lid on the pan. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and check for seasonings, adding salt and pepper if desired.
  • To serve, sprinkle with fresh chopped tomato and parsley.


Calories: 585kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 149mg | Sodium: 314mg | Potassium: 821mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2180IU | Vitamin C: 119.8mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 3.4mg