Healthy Jambalaya Recipe

Jennifer W. | The Scrumptious Pumpkin

Healthy Jambalaya will intoxicate your senses with the wonderful spices. Not to mention the healthy farro and succulent shrimp.

Especially during the cold months, I love cooking jambalaya, a classic Louisiana Creole dish made with rice and spices. I enjoy it so much mainly because it’s an easy one-pot meal that tastes special and unique, with lots of rich and bold flavors.

Healthy Jambalaya Photo

In other words, it’s a hot, delicious, and complete meal to enjoy without a lot of dishes to wash later – that’s a win-win recipe in my mind!

Healthy Jambalaya Picture

The version of jambalaya that I’ve been cooking these days is sort of an update or “healthy makeover” to the classic dish, which is often filled with several meats such as Andouille sausage. To make my jambalaya lower in calories and fat, I use shrimp and white beans instead.

These two ingredients are perfect, scrumptious complements to the rich spices and tomato-based sauce in this dish.

Uncooked Farro Photo

Also, instead of rice, I use farro. Farro is a grain that is very similar to rice, but it cooks faster and contains more healthy fiber and filling protein.

I also prefer the taste of farro as compared to other grains such as rice – it has a chewy, nutty flavor that holds up really well in a one-pot meal like this one.

Jambalaya Saute Photo

To make this dish rich in flavor, I begin by sautéing the classic Creole trinity of onion, celery, and green bell pepper.

Jambalaya Spices Photo

Then I add the farro along with some chopped tomatoes, vegetable broth, and a special blend of spices (the spices are the key to unique and bold Creole flavor of this dish). The spice blend includes garlic powder, bay leaves, chili powder, and smoked paprika.

Regular paprika also works well in this recipe, but I recommend smoked paprika if you can get your hands on it - it adds such a rich, savory flavor to the final dish.

Simmering Jambalaya Photo

When the veggies and farro have simmered away and are tender, add some cannellini beans and plenty of wild-caught shrimp (I use frozen uncooked shrimp that has been peeled and deveined to save lots of time and work – just toss the shrimp into the pot and it cooks in about 5 minutes!).

Healthy Jambalaya Image

And the dish is ready to serve!

This jambalaya is savory, smoky, and richly flavored, with a hint of spiciness. And the fresh veggies and spices simmered in tomato broth are so delicious with the white beans and shrimp (and so packed with nutrition too)!

Healthy Jambalaya Pic

It’s a complete, richly flavorful, healthy meal, all in one pot!

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Healthy Jambalaya Recipe

    6 Servings


  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil, Plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1 small Onion, Chopped
  • 5 stalks Celery, Chopped
  • 1 cup Green Bell Pepper, Large, chopped
  • 1 cup Farro
  • 2 Bay Leafs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Garlic Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Smoked Paprika
  • 2 teaspoons Chili Powder
  • 13 ounces Strained Tomatoes, Or tomato puree
  • 3 cups Organic Vegetable Broth
  • 1 15 oz can Cannellini Beans, Thoroughly drained and rinsed
  • 30 Wild Caught Frozen Uncooked Shrimps, Peeled and deveined
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large, deep sauté pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, celery, bell pepper, farro, bay leaves, garlic powder, paprika, chili powder, and strained tomatoes. Stir until well combined, and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add the vegetable broth, stir until combined, and bring to a boil.
  5. When broth begins to boil, reduce to a light simmer, cover, and cook, stirring frequently.
  6. When most of the broth is reduced down and vegetables and farro are nearly tender, after about 15-17 minutes, add the white beans and shrimp.
  7. Stir until well combined, and season with salt and pepper. When the shrimp are cooked through, after about 5 minutes, serve.


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Author: Jennifer W.
Recipe Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 17
Calories 257

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g
  Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 457mg
Total Carbohydrate 41g
  Dietary Fiber 6g
  Sugars 3g
Protein 13g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Jennifer W.

About Jennifer

Jen is a lifelong lover of fresh, healthy eating. She shares this love on The Scrumptious Pumpkin. Here on Food Fanatic, she's sharing her best Healthy Comfort Food.

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