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Crawfish Pasta For One

A New Orleans inspired Crawfish Pasta recipe that's easy to make and incredibly delicious. It's filled with plenty of crawfish and made with the "trinity of vegetables". This rich and creamy single serving seafood pasta dish cooks in under 30 minutes!

A bowl of crawfish pasta plated on a metal tray with red and floral cloth napkins

If you've been to New Orleans you might have tasted Crawfish Pasta at one of the many fabulous restaurants in the city. This delightful pasta dish is filled with plenty of crawfish in a rich and creamy sauce. It's a wonderful meal and is so easy to make.

Similar to Crawfish Monica, a seafood pasta that's a fixture at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Crawfish Pasta is made with a few of the same ingredients.

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Crawfish Pasta

This delightful seafood recipe is one of my favorites and I'm excited to share it with you today.

I make it often because it's so simple yet filled with so much flavor. The recipe also works well if you'd like to substitute the crawfish with cooked shrimp or even cooked chicken.

If you were to compare the ingredients found in Crawfish Monica with those found in Crawfish Pasta, you would notice that they both contain many of the same ingredients.

The main difference is that there is no cream in this Crawfish Pasta recipe and the only cheese is Parmesan cheese added as an optional topping.

I find the sauce to be perfectly smooth, no milk or cream is even necessary.

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How To Make Crawfish Pasta

Begin by cooking the pasta. I recommend using small shaped pasta such as mini shells in this recipe and 2-ounces seems to be an ideal amount if you are cooking for one.


See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • butter
  • chopped onions
  • chopped green bell peppers
  • chopped celery
  • garlic
  • flour
  • tomato paste
  • cooked crawfish tails (or shrimp, if you can't get crawfish)
  • Creole seasoning
  • chicken broth

The Trinity of Vegetables

If you're from New Orleans, you already know what the Holy Trinity of Vegetables is. If you're not, the Trinity of Vegetables is the base of New Orleans cooking.

Almost every traditional New Orleans recipe consists of three aromatic vegetables: onions, green bell peppers, and celery. You will find this glorious trio in many recipes at One Dish Kitchen, including our popular Red Beans and Rice For One.

The Crawfish Sauce

  1. Begin by cooking the pasta. While the pasta cooks, make the sauce by cooking onions, bell peppers, celery, and garlic in butter until they begin to soften.
  2. Add flour and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Then add tomato paste and cook, stirring for an additional minute.
  3. Gently stir in the crawfish tails and the Creole seasoning and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Next, pour in the broth and simmer until the sauce thickens.
  5. Finally, stir the cooked and drained pasta into the sauce and add in a bit of butter.
  6. Top with grated Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley, if desired.

What Is Creole Seasoning?

I use creole seasoning in so many recipes. My favorite brand to use is Tony Chachere's.

If you can't find creole seasoning, you can make your own by using this creole seasoning recipe:

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme

Keep this spice in an airtight container in your pantry. It's wonderful sprinkled over chicken, fish, and pasta.

a bowl of crawfish tails.

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Where Can I Get Crawfish?

Obviously it's best if you live in an area where crawfish is readily available. You can order Louisiana crawfish from Louisiana Crawfish Company or look in your grocer's freezer section.

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What To Do With Leftover Crawfish

You will use about a half cup of crawfish tails in this crawfish pasta recipe.

Crawfish tails are often found in the freezer section of the grocery store. I keep a package in my freezer and use the amount I need.

You can also thaw the entire package of crawfish tails and use them in this and any of these single serving and small batch seafood recipes:

Seafood pasta in a decorative white bowl

Crawfish Pasta Tips

  • I recommend using a 10-inch skillet or a pan of similar size.
  • You will use a small amount of tomato paste in this recipe. When shopping, look for a tube of tomato paste instead of purchasing the cans. The tubes allow you to squeeze out and use the amount you need and keep the rest of the tube in the refrigerator. Much less waste this way.
  • Alternatively, if you purchase cans of tomato paste. Use what you need freeze the rest.

Pro Tip: To freeze tomato paste, line a baking sheet with wax paper or parchment paper. Use a measuring spoon to portion out either one-half or one teaspoon dollops of tomato paste and place them on the baking sheet.

Place in the freezer and freeze overnight or until they are solid. When frozen, peel the lumps of paste out of the pan and put in a freezer bag or container for longer storage.

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What To Serve With Crawfish Pasta

You might like to consider serving a bowl of Crawfish Pasta with any one of these recipes:

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a bowl of crawfish and pasta

Crawfish Pasta For One

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Cool: 5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keywords: crawfish, pasta
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 366kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 1/2 cup small shaped pasta (approx. 2-ounces)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onions
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green bell peppers
  • 2 tablespoons chopped celery
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup cooked crawfish tails (approx. 1.5-ounces)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Creole seasoning
  • 3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add onions, bell peppers, and celery to the pan. Cook until soft, 3 minutes.
  • Add garlic to the pan and cook for 2 more minutes.
  • Add flour and cook, stirring for 1 minute.
  • Stir in tomato paste and cook, stirring for an additional minute.
  • Add crawfish and Creole seasoning and cook 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Pour in broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring frequently until mixture thickens, about 3 minutes.
  • Stir in cooked pasta and remaining ½ tablespoon butter.


Creole Seasoning Recipe:
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight jar or container.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 366kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 207mg | Sodium: 359mg | Potassium: 592mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 935IU | Vitamin C: 17.3mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 2.7mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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