Cajun Garlic Butter Pasta

6 Servings
30 min

This spaghetti in a Cajun garlic butter sauce is a flavorful side dish that goes well with any type of meat…pork, chicken, steak, fish, or seafood. For that reason, it’s ideal for potluck and cookouts. What’s great is it can sit out for a period of time without the worries of highly perishable ingredients.

What’s in it?

  • Spaghetti
  • Cajun seasoning
  • Butter
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Hot sauce
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • Hot sauce

As you can see, this pasta is also budget-friendly. You can make huge batches without breaking the bank.

When it comes to taste, it is buttery, garlicky, and lemony. The cajun seasoning adds a savory notes and subtle heat without being overpowering. Even with the hot sauce, there is only a mild level of heat. But feel free to leave it out if you’re not a fan. I recommend tasting the sauce first before adding the cooked pasta to adjust the sauce seasoning to taste. If you like bolder flavors, add more cajun seasoning and hot sauce!

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Recipe details
  • 6  Servings
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 25 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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  • 16 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped garlic
  • 5 teaspoons McCormick Cajun Seasoning
  • 4 teaspoons Cholula hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 5 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice

Prepare spaghetti according to package directions but just shy of al dente.
Add butter and olive oil to a 4-quart sauté pan on medium to medium low heat.
When the butter gets bubbly, add garlic. Sauté for one minute.
Add Cajun seasoning, salt, pepper, and hot sauce. Sauté for one minute.
Stir in MOST of the lemon juice. Taste sauce. Add more seasonings and hot sauce to taste, if desired. Add the remaining lemon juice if you prefer more tang.
Add drained spaghetti to the pan. Mix well to incorporate, cooking it for 1 to 2 minutes. Serve.
  • Cooking time provided includes the approximate time it takes for water to come to a boil. The active prep and cooking time is approximately 10 minutes.
  • Add 16-20 ounces of protein to turn into 4 main dish servings. 
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