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Dave and Buster’s Voodoo Pasta Recipe

Dave and Buster’s Voodoo Pasta has always been a personal favorite to recreate for its bold flavors and the perfect kick of spice.

Nailing the creamy, Cajun sauce is key, and I’ve got it down to a science.

Remember, the spice level can be tailored to your preference, so don’t be afraid to adjust the heat.

Serve it up on game night or at a casual dinner party, and watch it cast its spell!

How to Make Dave and Buster’s Voodoo Pasta

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Ingredients List

  • Chicken:
    • 2 large chicken breasts, thinly sliced
    • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Pasta:
    • 8 ounces penne pasta
  • Sauce:
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 1 small red onion, diced
    • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
    • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
    • 1 cup heavy cream
    • 1/2 cup chicken broth
    • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Garnish:
    • Chopped parsley

Step-by-step process

Step 1: Prepare the Chicken

Season the chicken slices with Cajun seasoning, salt, and pepper.

In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat.

Cook the chicken slices until they are golden brown and cooked through, around 3-4 minutes per side.

Once cooked, remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.

Step 2: Cook the Pasta

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

Add the penne pasta and cook according to package instructions until al dente.

Drain and set aside.

Step 3: Make the Sauce

In the same skillet, reduce the heat to medium.

Melt 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter.

Add the diced onions and bell peppers, sauté until softened.

Stir in minced garlic and an additional teaspoon of Cajun seasoning, cooking for an extra minute.

Pour in the heavy cream and chicken broth, bringing the mixture to a simmer.

Gradually add the grated Parmesan cheese, stirring until the sauce thickens.

Step 4: Combine and Serve

Return the cooked chicken to the skillet with the sauce.

Add the drained pasta into the skillet, tossing to coat evenly with the sauce.

Serve hot, garnished with chopped parsley.

Dave and Buster’s Voodoo Pasta Side Dishes

When indulging in the rich and spicy flavors of Dave and Buster’s recipe or any voodoo pasta recipe, you’ll want side dishes that complement the main course without overwhelming it.

Crispy Chicken

Adding Crispy Chicken to your meal offers a satisfying crunch that contrasts the creamy pasta texture.

The milder flavor of the chicken helps to balance the bold spices of the Voodoo Pasta sauce, allowing your taste buds to enjoy both tastes separately.

Chicken Avocado Club

Pair your pasta with a side of Chicken Avocado Club for a combination of creamy avocado and savory chicken.

This side dish provides a refreshing touch with lettuce and tomato, which can lighten the overall richness of your meal.

Garlic Bread

Garlic Bread is a classic choice.

The aromatic garlic flavor and the crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside texture make it perfect for soaking up any leftover sauce from your pasta.

White Queso

Serve a warm bowl of White Queso as a dip.

The smooth and cheesy queso acts as a comforting counter to the spicy notes in the pasta, creating a delicious interplay of flavors for your palate.

Pork Belly

Include some Pork Belly for a decadent treat.

The succulence of a well-cooked pork belly can elevate your dish, providing a rich and hearty accompaniment that competently stands up to the intensity of Voodoo Pasta.

Ingredients Substitutes

Chicken

If you’re looking to substitute the chicken in the recipe, tofu or shrimp are excellent alternatives.

Tofu can be pan-seared to achieve a similar texture, while shrimp adds a distinct flavor that complements the spicy pasta well.

Andouille Sausage

For those avoiding pork, turkey sausage is a suitable substitute.

It’s leaner yet still brings a spicy kick characteristic of andouille.

Vegetarians can opt for vegetarian sausage to mimic the taste and texture.

Heavy Cream

If you need a non-dairy option, coconut milk offers the creamy consistency necessary for the dish, without the dairy content.

Otherwise, for a lighter version, try using half-and-half.

Penne Pasta

Gluten-free penne is available for those with gluten sensitivities.

It delivers a comparable texture that holds the sauce well.

Whole wheat penne can also be used for a healthier twist, adding a nutty flavor and more fiber.

Creole Seasoning

In case Creole seasoning isn’t accessible, a blend of paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, oregano, cayenne pepper, and black pepper can achieve a similar flavor profile that is vibrant and bold.

How to Store Dave and Buster’s Voodoo Pasta

Refrigeration

To ensure that your Voodoo Pasta remains safe for consumption and flavorful for later enjoyment, refrigeration is key.

After cooling the pasta to room temperature, transfer it to an airtight container.

This prevents moisture from seeping in and bacteria from spoiling the food.

Your pasta should be consumed within three to four days.

  • Temperature: Keep your refrigerator set below 40°F (4°C).
  • Container: Use a shallow, airtight container for quick cooling.
  • Separation: If the pasta contains seafood, store it separately from other items to avoid cross-contamination.

Freezing

If you’re looking to keep your Voodoo Pasta for an extended period, freezing is a practical option.

It can extend the dish’s life for up to two months.

When freezing, use a freezer-safe container or bag.

  • Portions: Freeze in individual portions for easier thawing and reheating.
  • Labeling: Always label with the date to track how long it’s been stored.
  • Thawing: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight rather than at room temperature.

Allergy Safety

When storing dishes like Voodoo Pasta, which may contain common allergens like shellfish, dairy, or nuts, remember to:

  • Label: Clearly mark containers with potential allergens.
  • Avoid Contact: Store allergen-containing food away from other dishes to prevent cross-contact.
  • Utensils: Use separate cooking utensils to serve and store if your household caters to food allergy concerns.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

Overdoing the Hot Sauce

Adding too much hot sauce can overwhelm your taste buds.

Start with a small amount and gradually increase to suit your preference, ensuring the heat doesn’t overpower other flavors.

Ignoring Heat When Heating Olive Oil

Carefully heat the olive oil to avoid burning it.

Olive oil should be warm, not smoking, to properly sauté ingredients and avoid introducing a bitter taste.

Choosing the Wrong Cheese Substitute

If you’re avoiding dairy, using the wrong cheese substitute can alter the flavor significantly.

Opt for dairy-free Parmesan-style cheeses that closely imitate the flavor of Asiago.

Overlooking the Importance of Real Asiago Cheese

When not dairy-free, use real Asiago cheese for its critical contribution to taste and texture.

Substituting with other cheeses might not give the desired richness.

Using Light Ingredients to Reduce Calories

Attempting to use light versions of ingredients like cream can result in a sauce that lacks the necessary thickness and flavor depth.

Stick to the full-fat versions for the best results.

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Dave and Buster's Voodoo Pasta Recipe

Dave & Buster's is renowned for blending the excitement of an arcade with the ambiance of a sports bar, offering a feast for both your appetite and your love for games.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Canjun
Servings 4
Ingredients
  
Chicken
  • 2 Large chicken breasts, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
Pasta
  • 8 ounces Penne pasta
Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted butter
  • 1 Small red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup Red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup Green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 Cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1 cup Heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup Chicken broth
  • 1 cup Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Chopped parsley
Instructions
 
  • Season the chicken slices with Cajun seasoning, salt, and pepper.
    In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat.
    Cook the chicken slices until they are golden brown and cooked through, around 3-4 minutes per side.
    Once cooked, remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
    Add the penne pasta and cook according to package instructions until al dente.
    Drain and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, reduce the heat to medium.
    Melt 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter.
    Add the diced onions and bell peppers, sauté until softened.
    Stir in minced garlic and an additional teaspoon of Cajun seasoning, cooking for an extra minute.
    Pour in the heavy cream and chicken broth, bringing the mixture to a simmer.
    Gradually add the grated Parmesan cheese, stirring until the sauce thickens.
  • Return the cooked chicken to the skillet with the sauce.
    Add the drained pasta into the skillet, tossing to coat evenly with the sauce.
    Serve hot, garnished with chopped parsley.

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