Creole LA

It’s amazing that crawfish season is here and I couldn’t be more excited! Over the weekend, I took a minute to visit the Calabasas Farmers Market. In search for seasonal ingredients, I stumbled upon Vagabond Cheese Company. The minute they presented a beautiful Casatica cheese from Italy I knew my pasta dish was becoming a nostalgic sensation. The double cream cheese added richness to the sauce, but not overpowering.

Louisiana crawfish and creole seasoning adds a bite to the dish that brings everything together.

It is one of many dishes that I would love to share with you!

Here’s how to make the dish! Enjoy!

Louisiana Crawfish, Casatica Sauce & English Peas

Louisiana Crawfish, Casatica Sauce & English Peas

Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

It’s amazing that crawfish season is here and I couldn’t be more excited! Over the weekend, I took a minute to visit the Calabasas Farmers Market.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb bucatini pasta
  • 1 C English Peas
  • 1 lb Louisiana Crawfish Tails
  • 1 tbs creole seasoning
  • 2 oz Butter
  • 4 oz Casatica di Bufala Cheese, no rind
  • 2 C Heavy Cream
  • 1 C Chicken or Shellfish Stock
  • 2-3 Tbs Garlic, Chopped
  • 1 tsp thyme, fresh
  • 1 Lemon, zest and juice
  • 1/4 C Parmesan Cheese
  • 3 tbs Chives, chopped
  • Salt, to taste
  • White pepper, to taste

Instructions

    Pasta

  1. Boil pasta according to manufacturer’s instruction. Drain in a colander. Toss with 1 tablespoon of  olive oil.

English Peas

  1. In a 2 quart pot, Add water and 1-2 teaspoons of salt.
  2. When it comes up to a boil, add peas.
  3. Once peas rise to the surface, remove and place in a ice bath to stop cooking.
  4. When cool, remove peas and set aside.

Casatica Sauce

  1. In a 12 in. saute pan, Add butter and saute garlic at medium heat. Be careful not to burn the garlic.
  2. Add thyme and lemon zest.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add heavy cream, chicken stock, and lemon juice.
  5. Reduce by half or until slightly thickened.
  6. Whisk in casatica and parmesan cheese.
  7. Add crawfish, peas,  and creole seasoning.
  8. Taste for seasoning adjustments.
  9. Toss with bucatini pasta.
  10. Garnish with chives.
  11. Serve immediately.

Enjoy!!