A historical note: created in 1982 by Chef Pierie Hilzin and named after his wife, you guessed it...Monica
1 lb of pasta cooked, rinsed, and drained
1/2 cup butter
1 medium onion chopped fine
3-6 garlic toes minced
1lb of crawfish tails with fat
Cajun seasoning to taste (try a Tablespoon of Tony Chachere's)
1 pint of half and half
Cook, drain and rinse the pasta. ( Most any noodle will do...I often use shells 'cause its seafoody cute, but anything works. Restaurants use fettucini so often that the dish is known widely as crawfish fettucini. While the pasta drains, melt the butter in a sauce pan and saute` the onion and garlic for a few minutes 'til they begin to soften. Add the crawfish and Cajun seasoning and saute` a few more minutes. Add the half and half, bring to a simmer, and simmer a few minnutes 'til it thickens slightly. Add the cooked pasta, stir and let rest on "low" for a few minutes, stirring occasionally to evenly coat pasta, serve immediately makes 4 good servings.
This simple elegant dish is endlessy adaptable. I always add dried parsley when I add the pasta. Shrimp, or crab meat or oysters or any combination works. Lots of folks add mushrooms, green onions and a number of other ingredients. Try this wonderful dish for your family and give them a little taste of Jazz Fest. Let us know what version you made and what adaptations you used, and feel free to ask for suggestions or questions.