Creamy Penne Seafood Gumbo

Seafood Gumbo + Creamy Penne Noodles

Flavorful Creamy Cajun Seafood Penne Gumbo In Just 30 Minutes!!


This penne gumbo is sure to be a hit in any seafood lovers house! With its creamy and flavorful rich taste, you are sure to enjoy this quick meal. I chose to make the Seafood Penne Gumbo with lots of flavorful meats and seafood. I used crab legs as well as real crab claw meat from the deli. The crab meat adds a rich crab base flavor to the gumbo. Sometimes when I only use crab legs you don’t get much flavor from the actual crab meat. I did add crab legs because well, everyone liked to crack a crab leg or two.


Let me just tell you that my love for seafood is real. I’m always looking for new ways to use seafood in meals. My second food love is pasta. I love pasta and noodles so I decided to combine the two. This was quick and easy and only took one pot to create! How easy is that, great for busy nights or weekends. This dish is bound to leave you with leftovers for the next day. 




This meal is hearty and can be made in just 30 minutes!


  • 1/2 pound of crab claw meat
  • 1/2 pound of crab legs
  • 14 ounce sausage, smoked cut diagonally
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 pound shrimp, cleaned and shell less
  • 4 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 pound penne pasta, dried
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 5 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 4 ounces shredded parmesan cheese
  • 3 tbsp. old bay seasoning
  • Salt, pepper, garlic salt, paprika


  • Start by cleaning and prepping the meat and seafood.
  • Put the olive oil in a pot big enough for the gumbo and start on medium heat.
  • Season the chicken, shrimp, and sausage with salt/pepper/garlic salt.
  • Brown the chicken and put in the sausage and minced garlic.
  • Cook for 4 minutes and add the crab and shrimp.
  • Add the heavy cream, chicken broth, and penne pasta.
  • Add the old bay seasoning and paprika.
  • Stir everything together and bring to a simmer on medium heat.
  • Reduce the heat to low and let cook covered for 20-25 minutes.
  • Remove the pot from heat and stir in the parmesan cheese and parsley.
  • Cover again and let the parsley wilt for 5 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy!

I served my dish with fresh garlic french bread! 

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did! Please leave a comment with questions and let me know how your meal turned out! 


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    January 23, 2018 at 6:22 am
  • Reply GiGi Eats

    ANYTHING SEAFOOD = I AM SOOOOOOO GAME FOR! Ugh. I just adore seafood so so so so so much!

    January 23, 2018 at 2:51 pm
  • Reply Terri Beavers

    Oh my gosh, I haven’t even thought about seafood gumbo in years. I’ve got to pull out my ingredients to see what I need to buy so I can make this. It sounds divine.

    January 23, 2018 at 3:48 pm
  • Reply Ben

    I have to say I wouldn’t eat most of the ingredients you listed as I’m not the biggest seafood person. But seeing the final dish and how it was made seems tempting – might have to try something new 🙂

    January 23, 2018 at 6:54 pm
  • Reply Sarah Bailey

    Oh my goodness how delicious does this look, do you know I have never had any form of gumbo. I am totally up for starting with seafood though!

    January 23, 2018 at 11:21 pm
  • Reply Dee Jackson

    Oh wow. This looks so darn good. I can’t eat fish so I’ll just swap it out for chicken but yummy nonetheless.
    -Dee ||

    January 24, 2018 at 10:05 am
  • Reply Yocana talaia

    Wow this looks absolutely yummy I will need to try and make this, I love past. Really good post

    January 24, 2018 at 10:57 am
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    January 24, 2018 at 11:51 am
  • Reply LavandaMichelle

    Great read, very detailed post. I am not by any means a seafood person, but for some reason this post seriously made my mouth water. Definitely going to recommend that my sister reads this post.

    January 24, 2018 at 3:16 pm
  • Reply Dana Peller

    Penne with anything is delicious. FYI: We’re thinking of making seafood this weekend. This gumbo might be a great idea.

    January 24, 2018 at 7:31 pm
  • Reply Sheri - A Busy Bee's Life

    I just love seafood gumbo! It is so delicious, but I have never had it with Penne. I a, sure that it tastes scrumptious.

    January 24, 2018 at 8:01 pm
  • Reply Ada

    This looks amazing! I love seafood so a seafood gumbo is right up my alley.

    January 25, 2018 at 4:15 am
  • Reply Tee

    I’m not really a seafood person (although my fav meat is salmon) BUT these pics make me wanna try some! lol

    January 25, 2018 at 5:03 am
  • Reply Nisha

    Interesting recipe. Though you won’t find people in India who eat crab.

    January 25, 2018 at 5:13 am
  • Reply

    Por isso que é importante otimizar esses termos.

    January 25, 2018 at 6:27 am
  • Reply Parth Rathod

    Looks so delicious
    thank you for sharing

    January 25, 2018 at 8:33 am
  • Reply Angela Ricardo Bethea

    Oh, my goodness!! This creamy penne seafood gumbo recipe looks delicious and it makes my mouth-watering. Will pinned this recipe for my references.

    January 25, 2018 at 6:35 pm
  • Reply Kiwi

    I love gumbo! I never thought to make it with penne pasta this looks good!

    January 26, 2018 at 7:27 am
  • Reply Rachel

    Unfortunately I don’t like sea food so would have to take that part out of the recipe but I love the sound of the sauce – yum!

    January 26, 2018 at 6:07 pm
  • Reply Ravmeet kaur Oberoi

    This post has successfully made me hungry 😛 On the plus side, I know what I am trying this weekend. Thank you for the recipe.

    January 26, 2018 at 6:42 pm
  • Reply alicia

    What a great recipe. Definitely one to try out. thanks

    January 27, 2018 at 9:47 am
  • Reply Damond Nollan

    Oh my goodness! That first picture alone had me at hello. It looks amazing! See, now you have me all hungry and stuff. LOL.

    January 27, 2018 at 5:09 pm
  • Reply Laurence

    ooohhh drooling!! this is so yummy. And you used crab legs, which are so meaty. Want to try this recipe soon.

    January 27, 2018 at 5:53 pm
  • Reply Valerie

    OMG this is so amazing ! I love seafood <3 I am hungry now, ill try it and send you a pic 😀

    January 27, 2018 at 7:15 pm
    • Reply Curlywhipped

      Great! I hope you like it 🙂

      January 27, 2018 at 10:47 pm
  • Reply Miljana

    Like always, good looking meal from you! I hope I can become your friend someday and enjoy it for real! 🙂

    January 27, 2018 at 11:37 pm
  • Reply Erika Ramona

    How unfortunate that I am allergic to crabs!!! This looks very good, perhaps I could give this recipe a try minus the crab meat and legs.

    January 28, 2018 at 12:23 am
  • Reply Crab Dynasty

    Looks delicious! Looks like all that hard work is worth it all in the end. The ultimate comfort food!

    January 28, 2018 at 12:27 am
  • Reply Joan Cajic

    I love pasts no matter how you cook it, really is always delicious. I have never had gumbo but always want to try it out and I will be putting this on my menu since my family loves seafood.

    January 28, 2018 at 8:55 am
  • Reply Akamatra

    I like seafood too. I would try this but without the chicken and the sausage. I just don’t see how they go together with everything else.

    January 28, 2018 at 3:44 pm
    • Reply Curlywhipped

      The chicken and sausage turn really tender and break up. It adds a nice flavor. Let me know if you try it without those.

      January 29, 2018 at 4:21 am
  • Reply Allison Cooper

    This sounds absolutely delicious! I love anything with seafood added to it!

    January 28, 2018 at 4:51 pm
  • Reply Becca Talbot

    Mmmm, this looks and sounds like my kinda recipe! I absolutely love seafood, so will have to give this a try next time I’m in the supermarket and van pick up the ingredients x

    January 28, 2018 at 5:23 pm
  • Reply Angela Ricardo Bethea

    Oh , my goodness!! This creamy penne seafood gumbo looks delicious and it makes my mouth-watering. I feel so hungry right now. Will absolutely give this a try. Thanks fro sharing!!

    January 29, 2018 at 12:04 am
  • Reply Jeuelle

    I don’t eat meat or shellfish but I think I can recreate this maybe with fish and some creativity! Looks really yummy…

    January 29, 2018 at 1:35 am
  • Reply Ada

    This looks so yummy! I absolutely love gumbo.

    January 29, 2018 at 2:12 am
  • Reply Patricia-Ann Que

    i love seafood so this is a big hit for me! looks so yummy!

    January 29, 2018 at 2:38 am
  • Reply Sela

    I love seafood and I love gumbo. Your recipe looks delicious. I haven’t had gumbo in a while. Next time I make it I will be trying your recipe.

    January 29, 2018 at 3:43 am
    • Reply Curlywhipped

      Thank You! I hope you enjoy it!

      January 29, 2018 at 4:18 am
  • Reply Thena Franssen

    Um, this looks totally delicious! I’m always on the lookout for great new recipes.

    January 29, 2018 at 4:53 am
  • Reply Dee Jackson

    I can’t eat seafood but this recipe looks really great. Would definitely pin for later just swap the seafood with meats.

    January 29, 2018 at 5:49 am
  • Reply Blair villanueva

    Oh i love seafood penne! This is perfect and my amore likes it as well. I need a good wine pairing for this meal 🙂

    January 29, 2018 at 8:42 am
  • Reply Hollybee

    That looks so good. I have had gumbo once and it was okay. I was told it wasn’t very good gumbo anyway. I think I may have to make this recipe and try it again!

    January 29, 2018 at 2:55 pm
  • Reply LaToyia Dennis

    This sounds delish. I am trying this for sure….my hubby would LOVE it.

    January 29, 2018 at 2:57 pm
  • Reply Laura Dove

    Im not a fan of seafood but I do love anything creamy with my pasta! This looks delicious and my husband, who is a huge seafood lover, would go crazy for this recipe!

    January 29, 2018 at 6:40 pm
  • Reply Kristyn

    Cajun flavored seafood is to die for. I can’t wait to try this out, it looks so delicious.

    January 29, 2018 at 6:59 pm
  • Reply kylie cre8tone

    Such a lovely pot of gumbo.. I like seafood.. Yummy and delicious, let’s make and eat..

    January 30, 2018 at 9:34 am
  • Reply Regina Malloy

    I never made a gumbo before but i know my hubby loves it when we eat out i will have to mke this for him

    January 30, 2018 at 1:54 pm
  • Reply fashionmommy

    I love big hearty dishes like this, and creamy pasta is always one of my favourites.

    January 30, 2018 at 9:04 pm
  • Reply Kristin

    Wow, this looks delicious! Saving this to try later!

    January 30, 2018 at 11:03 pm
  • Reply Ruth I.

    I love pasta and seafood! This is just perfect and it looks so delicious!

    January 31, 2018 at 2:46 am
  • Reply Nina

    That looks super good. I love combining seafood with pasta! Definitely something that I should try.

    January 31, 2018 at 3:26 pm
  • Reply Sheleen

    This sounds soooo good! I’m defo gonna give it a try, I love seafood but never really cook it at home myself always a bit scared if I buy the crab fresh it will run away from me 🙂

    February 1, 2018 at 2:37 pm
  • Reply Angel Caronongan-Enero

    Wow this creamy penne seafood gumbo looks so delicious. Will check on this, perfect for this coming Valentine’s Day. Thank you for sharing.

    February 1, 2018 at 3:41 pm
  • Reply sophi clickn

    wow dear what a fantastic post, i love seafood & this is delicious keep posting.. online shopping in lahore

    February 2, 2018 at 7:36 am
  • Reply Lisa

    This looks amazing I would love to try it out. We love anything cajun.

    February 2, 2018 at 9:08 pm
  • Reply Rachael b

    I’m not a seafood person but this looks so amazing I might actually give it a try!

    February 4, 2018 at 3:22 am
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