Creamy Crawfish Pasta

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Creamy Crawfish Pasta is our take on a traditional New Orleans recipe. Succulent crawfish tails bathed in butter and a dreamy cream sauce is a true delicacy. We show you how to make it a tad healthier using Greek yogurt.

finished plate of crawfish pasta

Pasta and seafood. A match made in heaven.

While Crawfish is generally considered a fresh water offering, its make up being a lot like Lobster, automatically puts it in the category of seafood. It is small in size which makes it a perfect fit for saucy pasta dishes for a nice surprise. Much like its cousin, the Lobster, it has a buttery, warm taste to delight any tastes.

You can have a traditional crawfish boil with good Cajun spices or serve it up like we have with a delicious sauce served over a warm bed of pasta. Or you could switch things up and serve it over a nice Grit cake just like our GRIT CAKES WITH SHRIMP. Adding a nice side dish of our CRISPY ROASTED OLD BAY POTATOES will send this dish right on over the top!

Why is Crawfish so popular?

The simple answer? Because it is mighty good eating! These little lobsters are a Southern delicacy that are a huge part of New Orleans culture. Prime season is always around Easter in the South but you can find the little bites of goodness on menus year round.

Y’all know I love some food history! Here is a great explanation of the Crawfish and its importance in Louisiana cooking and culture. “TALES OF THE TAIL”.

How to Make it

A summer time favorite to make at our house for many reasons. The main one being, you don’t have to heat the kitchen up and use the oven. Everything is done right on your stove top. Also we give you two options on how to make this recipe either on the decadent side or a little lighter! Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 16oz uncooked Rotini Pasta
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 Tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon Creole Seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • splash of milk
  • 1 pound of Crawfish tails
  • 8 oz unsweetened Greek low fat yogurt
  • 1 bunch chopped green onion

**Optional – substitute 8 oz of heavy cream for Greek yogurt

  1. Boil pasta according to package directions. Drain and cover, set aside. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chopped onion and cook for 1 minute. Add salt, pepper, garlic and creole seasoning.
  2. Add in crawfish tails and cook 2-3 minutes. Remove crawfish and set aside. Add in greek yogurt and bring to a boil. Simmer until thick and add crawfish back in. Lower heat and heat through.
  3. Serve over warm pasta and garnish with chopped green onions. Enjoy!

Tips and Tricks

Do I need fresh Crawfish tails?

Fresh is always better but no, you can totally use frozen ones as they may be easier to find. Just make sure you thaw, rinse and drain them really well.

Can I omit the cream and just have a butter sauce?

Yes! All of our recipes are easily customizable. We openly invite you to make a change or two here. Cooking is about discovery. We just help you get started!

Can I use fresh garlic instead of garlic powder?

Yes! Use the same 2 tablespoons of fresh or minced garlic as the powder. Garlic is not like herbs where you have to double the amount used for fresh versus dried.

Tell us if you make it!

As with all of our Buttered Home recipes, we hope you see how easy it really is to do what most consider to be the hard way of cooking. Scratch made isn’t only better but it really is easier too. Most people have these ingredients on hand and can cook up this good fish in a snap!

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spoonful of crawfish pasta

Creamy Crawfish Pasta

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Creamy Crawfish Pasta is our take on a traditional New Orleans recipe. Succulent crawfish tails bathed in butter and a dreamy cream sauce is a true delicacy. We show you how to make it a tad healthier using Greek yogurt.

Ingredients

  • 16oz uncooked Rotini Pasta
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon Creole Seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • splash of milk
  • 1 pound of Crawfish tails
  • 8 oz unsweetened Greek low fat yogurt
  • 1 bunch chopped green onion

Instructions

  1. Boil pasta according to package directions. Drain and cover,
    set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add chopped onion and cook for 1 minute. Add salt, pepper, garlic
    and creole seasoning. Add in crawfish tails and cook 2-3 minutes.
  4. Remove crawfish and set aside. Add in greek yogurt,
    flour and a splash of milk.Bring to a boil. Simmer until thick
    and add crawfish back in. Lower heat and heat through.
  5. Serve over warm pasta and garnish with chopped green onions. Enjoy!

Notes

**Can substitute Heavy Cream for Unsweetened Low Fat Greek yogurt

Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 286Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 97mgSodium 344mgCarbohydrates 28gFiber 2gSugar 6gProtein 15g

**Nutritional Values are estimates only

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