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Creamy sausage pasta in a stainless steel skillet.

Creamy Sausage Pasta

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  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x


Enjoy this comforting, creamy sausage pasta with Italian sausage and your favorite pasta smothered in a velvety garlic-Parmesan sauce.


Units Scale
  • 1 lb. ground Italian sausage
  • 1 lb. penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, minced
  • 34 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup chicken broth / dry white wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 3 oz. fresh baby spinach, tightly packed (about 3 cups)


  1. Cook the pasta in a pot of salted water according to the package directions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. Over medium heat, brown the sausage in a large skillet, about 5 minutes. Break up any clumps, remove sausage with a slotted spoon and set aside. Drain any excess grease from the pan.
  3. Melt butter in the pan and saute onions until soft. Add in the garlic and saute for another 30 seconds then return sausage to the pan.
  4. Deglaze with white wine or chicken broth and scrape off any stuck-on browned bits from the pan.
  5. Reduce heat to medium-low, and pour in the heavy cream. Season with Italian seasoning and salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Bring to a gentle boil, add in Parmesan cheese and stir until the cheese melts smoothly into the sauce. Simmer until the sauce thickens and coats the back of a spoon.
  7. Add baby spinach and stir until the spinach wilts into the sauce.
  8. Add the cooked pasta and toss until pasta is fully coated in the sauce.
  9. Dish and serve hot.
  10. Enjoy!


  • Veggies – Swap out spinach for 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.
  • Scroll up to RECIPE TIPS for more useful tips, suggestions and ingredient substitutions.
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins