This sausage alfredo pasta is an easy dinner meal that packs a lot into every bite. Made with minimal ingredients and effort you’d think this was a fancier dish, but the simplicity only helps to highlight the wonderful tastes.
I love simple pasta dishes and despite this one being made from scratch, it’s about as simple as you can get. We’re making our own alfredo sauce in this one pan cheesy sausage pasta meal.
This pasta recipe only takes minutes to prepare and from start, to finish you can have your meal on the table in 30 minutes or less. The longest part of that is simply cooking the pasta and if you’re in a hurry you can always precook the pasta, rinse in cold water (to stop the cooking process and remove excess starches), and then store it in a zipper topped baggie in the fridge until needed. Then stir into the sauce and cook until it’s heated again. See? Simple, fast, and easy!
When you think of alfredo pasta do you picture it with longer linguine noodles or with short noodles like penne? We’ll be using longer noodles for this recipe but shorter ones are fine to use too. Just cook them up per package instructions and drain the excess water. The only differences are visual.
While this alfredo sauce may not be authentically Italian, it is delicious and easy. Two things which I am sure we can both agree are awesome when it comes to recipes. Serve this delicious alfredo sausage pasta any night of the week or for dinner parties and it’s sure to always be a hit.
Sausage skillet pasta ingredients
- Pasta: you can use any pasta desired but we like to use linguine.
- Sausage: Use Italian sausage as the meat in this dish as it will come already seasoned and taste great once cooked up.
- Seasonings: You’ll need a combination of Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper to season the dish. These are pretty simple ingredients and you most likely have them on hand already.
- Spice: Adding in a small dash of nutmeg will help to bring some wonderfully earthy and comforting flavors into the dish that make it feel warm and inviting.
- Cream: Use heavy cream or whipping cream depending on what you can find. Either one will work fine as the base of the sauce.
- Cheese: Using grated parmesan cheese will give us a wonderfully rich and cheesy sauce mixture.
- Water: You will need water to help you thin down the pasta sauce to your desired consistency.
- Parsley: Use fresh parsley to help garnish pasta and add a light flavor as it gets tossed together.
How to make sausage alfredo pasta
- To make this pasta you’ll want to start by cooking up the dry pasta you have in a boiling pot of water as per package instructions until al dente. Drain the pasta.
- In a large saucepan, brown your sausage.
- Add in the Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper.
- Stir in the cream and bring the mixture to a simmer.
- Add in your parmesan cheese and nutmeg, stir to combine.
- Toss the mixture together with your cooked pasta and add water as needed to thin down the consistency.
- Toss in the fresh parsley leaves for added flavor and taste.
- Serve warm.
FAQs about alfredo pasta with sausage
This pasta dish would go well served alongside some garlic bread or salad. Even serving it up next to simple cooked veggies like steamed broccoli or peas would be a great idea and help to add a contrasting color to the plate.
You can keep your pasta leftovers stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Simply reheat until warmed through when you are ready to eat.
You can freeze the meaty sauce without pasta in it and reheat it later for a future meal. If you want to freeze it with the pasta, make sure that the pasta used is slightly underdone so that when the dish is reheated the pasta doesn’t end up overcooked. Make sure to thaw the sauce in the fridge overnight before using. If kept in an airtight container the alfredo sauce or pasta can last up to 3 months in the freezer.
Add your saucy pasta to a large pot over low heat and slowly bring the mixture up to temp. If needed, add in a little milk for added moisture. Make sure not to cook over a higher heat as this can cause the sauce to separate and become chunky looking, which we want to avoid. Low heat will take longer but it will give you a much smoother finish.
Sausage Alfredo Pasta
- 1 pound linguine pasta
- 1 pound Italian sausage
- 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 cups cream
- 3/4 cup parmesan cheese grated
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg ground
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 tablespoon parsley fresh
- Boil water for pasta and cook according to package directions
- In a large saucepan, brown sausage.
- Add Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
- Add cream and bring to a simmer.
- Add parmesan and nutmeg.
- Toss wtih pasta and add water to thin to desired consistency.
- Toss with fresh parsley.
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