Enjoy this comforting, creamy sausage pasta with Italian sausage and your favorite pasta smothered in a decadent garlic-Parmesan sauce. This 20-minute restaurant-quality dinner is going to be an instant family favorite.
Today we’re making a warm bowl of creamy sausage pasta for some feel-good comfort food. Choose between sweet, mild, or hot Italian sausage and your favorite kind of pasta to pair with a rich cream sauce. I used spinach to add a splash of green to the meal but if you’re not a fan, swap it out with peas, sun-dried tomatoes, or mushrooms.
This meal will taste like you simmered it lovingly and slaved over a stove all day but has simple, pantry staples and is ready in 20 minutes. Serve it with some garlic bread or garlic knots. For more creamy pasta dishes, try out Tuscan chicken pasta, lemon pepper chicken Alfredo pasta, salmon pasta with spinach, or this sun-dried tomato and spinach pasta. Let’s start cooking.
CREAMY SAUSAGE PASTA RECIPE TIPS
Italian sausage – I used mild ground Italian sausage but feel free to substitute it with sweet or hot Italian sausage. You can also use Italian sausage rounds instead of ground Italian sausage. A meat smasher comes in really handy to break up any clumps in the meat.
Browning – You don’t need any oil while browning the ground sausage, it will render its own fat which you can pan-fry it in. If you like crunchy browned bits in your meat, cook the sausage a little longer till some of the meat is crisp and golden around the edges. Make sure to drain the pan fully of any excess grease so you don’t wind up with pools of grease in your lovely cream sauce.
Pasta – I used penne pasta but any kind of tubular pasta will work just as well. You can also use bowties, fusilli, corkscrews, shells, elbows, or long pasta like spaghetti, linguine, fettuccine and angel hair. This should also work with gnocchi and ravioli.
Onions and garlic – Feel free to substitute fresh onions and garlic with onion and garlic powder. This is also a great option if you don’t want chunks of onions and garlic in your cream sauce.
Wine – Skip the wine and use chicken broth to make this kid-friendly.
Spinach– I use baby spinach but if you’re not a fan, you can leave it out or substitute it with fresh basil or one of the other veggie suggestions below.
Reheating – This can be reheated over the stovetop or in the microwave. Add some milk and/or more Parmesan cheese while reheating to bring back some creaminess.
Make It Your Own
Veggies – Swap out spinach with other veggies like peas, sun-dried tomatoes, or mushrooms.
Make it richer – For a richer, Alfredo-like sauce, add more grated Parmesan cheese.
Add some spice – Add a few dashes of red pepper flakes for some heat.
And that’s about it. Enjoy your bowl of comforting pasta and let me know of any substitutions you made in the comments below!
MORE CREAMY PASTA RECIPES TO TRY
- Tuscan Chicken Pasta
- Creamy Salmon Pasta with Spinach
- Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato and Spinach Pasta
- Lemon Pepper Chicken Alfredo Pasta
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