Almost like grandma’s

Enticing vodka pasta


Ronique Caldwell

Dive into this delicious vodka chicken and shrimp pasta!

As the midterm season approaches, the need for quality nutritious food increases. However, it seems like the time it takes to go run errands and pick up those quality ingredients dwindle. For college students, a trip to the grocery store may either be a pleasant break in study time or a quick trip where you dodge seeing people you know because there simply is not enough time in the day to sit and chat. Either way, if a meal that will last a while is what you need, try this chicken and shrimp vodka pasta. 

This meal brought to you by the culinary expertise of my grandma and by accidentally  buying the incorrect pasta sauce is almost certain to knock your socks off. 


  • Great Value Frozen Raw Small Peeled & Deveined, Tail-off Shrimp, 12 oz (60-80 Count per lb)
  • Sanderson Farms Fresh Boneless Skinless Thinly Sliced Chicken Breast Fillets, 1.0 – 1.5 lb
  • Bertolli Vodka Sauce, Authentic Tuscan Style Pasta Sauce Made with Vine-Ripened Tomatoes and Fresh Cream, 24 OZ
  • Great Value Spaghetti, 32 oz
  • Tony Chachere’s, Seasoning, Cajun, 8 oz
  • Great Value Garlic Powder, 3.4 oz
  • Lawry’s Seasoned Salt, 8 oz
  • Great Value Onion Powder, 3.25 oz
  • Morton Iodized Salt – 26oz
  • Crisco Pure Vegetable Oil 48 fl. oz. Bottle


  • Strainer
  • Cutting board
  • Chef’s knife
  • Skillet
  • Soup Pot
  • Spatula
  • Tongs
  • Pasta server

First take a soup pot and fill it with five to six quarts of water. Add one to 1 1/2 tablespoons of salt, cajun seasoning, onion powder, and garlic powder  into the pot of water. As the water comes to a boiling point, add the spaghetti noodles. They can be broken in half before placing them in the water; the pasta should take between 10-12 minutes to cook. While the pasta boils, take the chicken (which should be thawed and rinsed for optimal use) and slice it with the chef’s knife to 1-inch cubes. Pour a capsize amount of vegetable oil into the skillet and after it heats up, place the chicken into the pan. Season the chicken with garlic powder, cajun seasoning, onion powder, and seasoned salt, then flip so that each side is properly seasoned and cooked thoroughly. Once the chicken is complete, set aside, and begin cooking the shrimp in the same manner. Throw a single noodle against the wall to verify its completion. If it sticks, pour the pasta into a strainer then back into its original pot. Pour the vodka sauce into the pot with noodles, then add the shrimp and the chicken. Take this time to stir and add any more seasonings, if desired. The meal is now complete. For a side, try garlic bread. The portions are adjustable based on serving size.