Penne Jambalaya (Boston Pizza Jambalaya Copycat)
Updated September 2016: Wow, I can’t believe that it’s been 7 years since I originally posted this copycat recipe for Boston Pizza Jambalaya. However, I added a twist and made it Randa style (and yes, this is the way I order it too). Ladies and gents, I bring you Penne Jambalaya.
I’m so excited to share one of my favorite recipes. I make this frequently and the boyfriend loves it. This penne jambalaya recipe is a copycat recipe for Boston Pizza’s Jambalaya and it tastes just like it.
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I often don’t have hot Italian sausage or shrimp on hand, so it’s not uncommon for me to cook this up using just chicken or vegetarian style.
So yes, this isn’t tradition jambalaya with rice and what not (I have never had true authentic jambalaya) but it’s still delicious.
Every time I make this recipe I can’t help but sing Jambalaya (On The Bayou). My favorite version is from Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
Jambalaya, crawfish pie, an’ a fil’e gumbo. ‘Cause tonight I’m gonna see my ma cher amio. Well, a pick guitar, fill fruit jar an’ be gay-o. Son of a gun, we gonna have a big fun on the Bayou.
Okay sorry about that, I’ll stop singing. Just be glad that it wasn’t on video.
Boston Pizza Jambalaya Recipe (Penne Jambalaya)
Whenever I visit Boston Pizza, I order jambalaya. Their version of the recipe uses linguine noodles, but I’m that annoying picky person that likes to alter things. Penne is my favorite pasta and I like to swap the noodles. I find penne holds the sauce better (and I like things saucy)!
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- Zuppa Toscana Soup
Recommended supplies and ingredients:
- 1 28oz can whole tomatoes 796 ml
- 1/2-1 cup chicken broth
- 1 green pepper diced
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 tsp each thyme and basil
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1-2 tsp cayenne pepper add to your liking
- 3 links hot Italian sausage sliced
- 1/2 cup frozen cooked shrimp
- 1 lb chicken breast sliced
- 227 g penne noodles roughly 1/2 package
- Add olive oil and fry up the chicken. Add sausage and shrimp and fry until fully cooked. Sprinkle with paprika and cayenne.
- Add tomatoes, crush up with a potato masher and let simmer for 15-20 mins on medium. (Until it reduces a bit.)
- Add the chicken broth garlic, green peppers, thyme and basil. Simmer until reduced, about 1/4-1/2 of the way.
- Cook penne in separate pot until al dente.
- Taste and adjust seasonings. Adding more cayenne and paprika if you would like.
- Toss with penne and serve.
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If you’re looking for some more inspired pasta recipes you have to check out this Spinach Artichoke Jalapeno Bake.
***UPDATE…Check out and see what new ingredient I add in, to make it extra delicious HERE
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