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We admit it: We have a huge crush on New Orleans, where the breezes are warm and sweet, there’s jazz playing on every corner, and it’s totally legal (even encouraged!) to walk down the street with a cocktail in your hand. And maybe most of all, we love the food—especially the city’s signature jambalaya, a mix of rice, shrimp, chicken, sausage, veggies and plenty of spice. Most recipes come together in less than an hour, only use one pot, and are perfect for a crowd. Here are seven of our favorites.

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Cajun Jambalaya

This classic recipe has chicken, shrimp and sausage…plus okra, for extra Cajun flavor.

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City Girl Brown City Jambalaya

Coterie member Phoebe Lapine gives jambalaya a slightly healthier spin, using brown rice and skipping the ham hock (don’t worry—there’s still plenty of spicy andouille sausage).

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Spicy Chorizo Jambalaya with Sweet Potato Rice

Who needs grains to have a good time? Coterie member Ali Maffucci’s version swaps in sweet potatoes for rice (and bonus: it’s also dairy-free).

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Chicken, SAUSAGE AND SHRIMP JAMBALAYA

We’re officially inviting ourselves to Coterie member Heidi Larsen’s next Mardi Gras party.

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Shrimp & Andouille Jambalaya

We love this one-pot version of jambalaya. No extra dishes means plenty of time for another Sazerac.

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Paleo Jambalaya

Serve over garlicky cauliflower rice to make it feel really authentic.

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Cajun Jambalaya Pasta

Because sometimes you’ve just gotta twirl something on your fork. 

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