My Favorite Rustic Pasta with Shrimp and Chicken

Fall is all about comfort food. Temperatures dipping, termination dust creeping down the mountains, football, a warm blanket with a cozy fire…and my absolute favorite dish of pasta: It doesn’t get much better than that.

Fall means warm comfort foods with a serious rustic flair.  Good pasta fits that bill perfectly!   Especially when it includes ingredients like shrimp, chicken, fresh mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, and of course cheese.  Add in a little heat, and this dish is complete!

Rustic Pasta: Spicy Shrimp and Chicken

Jeff came across a recipe a while back that is similar to a Spicy Shrimp and Chicken dish that we used to get at one of our favorite Idaho restaurants, Johnny Carino’s back in the day.  With a few of his genius modifications, it is the BEST pasta recipe we have made at home.  Big bonus?…It’s not that hard to make!  Very simple…very delicious!

And while this recipe shows photos of us cooking in a non-enameled Dutch oven indoors, that definitely isn’t a requirement.  We bring the Dutch oven indoors frequently.  I’m also a big fan of my indoor cast iron enameled Dutch oven and normally use it for this type of dish for the nice even, consistent heat; but go with the nice deeper, sturdy pan you’ve got.  (BTW, this recipe can easily be done over a campfire with a Dutch oven if you precook your noodles and set them aside while preparing the sauce.)

One final tip:  As always, don’t overcook the shrimp.

Rustic Pasta with shrimp and chicken

Recipe for Rustic Pasta

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