Sausage Alfredo Pasta

Creamy, Sausage Alfredo Pasta is a quick and versatile dinner recipe that is on the table in under 30 minutes! Noodles are tossed in a hearty, cheesy, alfredo sauce and sausage for an easy, satisfying meal.

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Sausage alfredo pasta served in a large oval baking dish.


Why this Recipe is Best

Sausage Alfredo brings together two of life’s joys: cheese and pasta!

  • This recipe uses a few simple ingredients you probably already have in the fridge!
  • The alfredo sauce is creamy and flavorful without being too heavy. Smoked sausage makes the pasta even more hearty.
  • It’s a kid friendly meal that’s ideal for those busy weeknights.

This is the easiest weeknight dinner, aside from our Instant Pot Chicken alfredo and chicken caprese. Who doesn’t love some fancy (EASY) dinner recipes under their belt.

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed for alfredo pasta with sausage.
  • Pasta. I used bow ties. Any variety of pasta will do!
  • Parmesan cheese. You need real freshly grated Parmesan here; not the kind from a shaker can.
  • Smoked sausage. I like turkey sausage in this recipe but pork sausage is tasty too. It should be fully cooked and sliced before adding to the pasta.
  • Red pepper flakes. These are optional. I add them in at the end to give the creamy sauce a bit of a kick.

Easy Instructions

Step by step photos showing how to make sausage alfredo pasta.

First, cook the pasta according to package directions.

Meanwhile, saute garlic in butter in a pan on the stove. When the garlic is fragrant, add the heavy cream with salt and pepper.

Stir frequently while cooking until the sauce starts to thicken. Stir in Parmesan cheese.

If you’re using red pepper flakes, add them now, followed by the sausage.

Add the sauce to the pot with the cooked pasta. Toss the pasta with the sauce until evenly coated.

Tips and Tricks

  • Buy Parmesan cheese in blocks. Grate it with a box grater or shredder before adding to the recipe. Freshly grated cheese melts much better than packaged shredded cheese.
  • Want more heat? Sprinkle a few more red pepper flakes over individual portions of pasta before serving.
  • Spicy Italian Sausage is delicious in this sausage alfredo to add more heat, too.
  • Got leftover sausage? Use it up in our favorite Jambalaya Pot Pie!
  • Add chicken! Our family loves this easy chicken alfredo recipe too.
  • Add spinach. Try our easy spinach alfredo pasta bake next!
Alfredo pasta with sausage served in a white bowl.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make this Sausage Alfredo Pasta ahead of time?

Alfredo should be made fresh, just before serving. The cream and butter will separate upon reheating. This is not a good choice for a make ahead meal.

What can I substitute for sausage?

Diced cooked chicken makes a delicious swap for the sausage in this recipe!

Can you freeze this?

I do not recommend freezing Sausage Alfredo Pasta. Freezing and thawing affects the consistency of the alfredo sauce.

What sides go well with alfredo pasta?

Serve Alfredo Pasta with a light and fresh side dish for a balanced meal. This Olive Garden Salad is a great option! We love rounding out any Italian meal with a loaf of Garlic Bread too.

Bowtie pasta with sausage slices and alfredo sauce in a baking dish.

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Sausage Alfredo Pasta

4.76 from 41 votes
By: Aimee
Creamy, Sausage Alfredo Pasta is a quick and versatile dinner recipe that is on the table in under 30 minutes! Noodles are tossed in a hearty, cheesy, alfredo sauce and sausage for an easy, satisfying meal.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound 16 ounce dry pasta
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 3 cloves garlic pressed
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 ½ cups grated Parmesan cheese
  • 12 oz fully cooked smoked sausage sliced

Instructions 

  • Cook pasta according to package directions, drain.
  • While pasta cooks, add butter and garlic to a large skillet over medium high heat. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, until butter is melted and garlic begins to brown.
  • Slowly add in heavy cream, salt, and pepper. Simmer until sauce thickens on medium heat, about 8-10 minutes. Stir frequently.
  • Add in Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes (optional). Stir in sliced sausage and add to pot with drained pasta. Stir together, serve, and enjoy!

Notes

  • Buy Parmesan cheese in blocks. Grate it with a box grater or shredder before adding to the recipe. Freshly grated cheese melts much better than packaged shredded cheese.
  • Pasta- I use bowtie pasta, but any noodle is perfectly fine!
  • Want more heat? Sprinkle a few more red pepper flakes over individual portions of pasta before serving.
  • Spicy Italian Sausage is delicious in this sausage alfredo to add more heat, too.
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    Nutrition

    Calories: 642kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 61g, Saturated Fat: 35g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 21g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 173mg, Sodium: 952mg, Sugar: 3g
    Course: Main Dish
    Cuisine: American
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    This Sausage Alfredo Pasta is a 30 minute meal that checks all the boxes. It’s easy, flavorful and even picky eater approved!



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    Posted on September 25, 2021

    Comments & Reviews

      1. Salted butter is fine. There’s usually a lot of sodium in cheeses, pasta, and sausage, so just be cautious to not add more salt.

    1. The taste is delicious! Sauce is a little thin, but I think I’ll just cook it down a little next time. I used whole wheat pasta (better for T1D blood sugars!) and added a sprinkle of cheese before serving. Mmmmmmm

    2. I love this recipe. Its simple to make but, so delicious. The res flakes add a kick. Thank you for sharing

    3. This recipe is outstanding! It’s become a monthly/bi-monthly staple at our house! Today, I browned the sausage in butter before adding to the sauce…soooooooo good!!!

    4. 5 stars
      Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe! It is really easy to make and it tasted super delicious! Will have it again!

    5. 5 stars
      It turned out a bit salty, but I’m pretty sure that’s my fault as I didn’t exactly measure the spices…whoops. Simple recipe with a nice, rich sauce. I halved the recipe – hoping it won’t make more than 2 servings, but I’m sure it will be eaten regardless. Thank you for sharing!

    6. I love alfredo because it’s so easy to make. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I am excited to try this 🙂

    7. This looks great. It’s just my husband and myself so I almost always have leftovers. Do you think reheating it on the stove stirring well would mix the cream back together?

    8. Good Afternoon, I am wondering if it is possible to make this as a casserole the night before 7 then heat up in oven day of party?

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