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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.

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.
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 Easy Italian 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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Yield: serves 8

Sausage Alfredo Pasta

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

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.

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

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain.
  2. 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.
  3. Slowly add in heavy cream, salt, and pepper. Simmer until sauce thickens on medium heat, about 8-10 minutes. Stir frequently.
  4. 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.
  • Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    8

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 642Total Fat: 61gSaturated Fat: 35gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 173mgSodium: 952mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 14g

    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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    Posted on September 25, 2021

    Comments & Reviews

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

    2. 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?

    3. 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?

    4. It’s the ultimate guide. I love your post you have shared here on your site I love your writing style ! Really helpful for me. Thanks for sharing. very informative posts
      Thanks again.

      1. This is an all time Fav of mine!  I use a Cajon Style Andouille Smoked Sausage from HSF’s, gives it a little spicy kick.  Sometimes even add some cherry tomatoes cut in half.   Thanks Aimee. ?

    5. Thank you for a beautiful recipe. Made this tonight for my family and the kitchen smells divine. It tastes even better.

    6. Hi Aimee,

      Yes! I know what we’re having for dinner tonight! I love that you can shake it up depending on what you have in the fridge. Can’t wait to try it!

    7. This dish is amazing day of me and my husband loveee it but when rewarmed I feel like the butter takes over and it’s so greasy am I doing something in the recipe wrong or is there a way to fix this ???

      1. No, it’s true. It’s not a good dish to reheat because the cream separates just like you described, unfortunately.

    8. My daughter absolutely loves this dish. Surprisingly because she doesn’t like cheese. So easy to make and absolutely delicious.

    9. I just made this dish, my girls have been begging me to make a pasta alfredo. I didn’t change a thing, I added chicken, we are meat lovers. It just finished cooking, my daughter did a taste test and she was jumping up and down, she loves it! The red pepper flakes gives it just the right small after burn that we love. This is perfect, I did make too much pasta, I bagged it up and put it in the refrigerator for another use.

      Well it’s dinner time! Oh, and thanks so much for sharing this wonderful version of an old dish!

    10. I have all of the ingredients on hand but I only have the round thin italian sausage. Do you think this would work in your recipe? I’m not so sure.

      1. I’m not sure what the round thin Italian sausage is?? But, as long as it’s cooked, and you like it, use it! You can also use cooked chicken!

    11. My family LOVES LOVES LOVES this dish.  ???? I’m vegetarian so I always get excited when they enjoy a meat dish that I prepared. (As I can not taste it????) 

      Looking forward in trying other receipts. 

      1. I’ve never frozen alfredo before. I would fear that the milk products would not do well, and being to separate…but maybe others have had a different experience?

        1. You can freeze Alfredo???? I made to much alfredo and put the rest in a freezer zip lock bag and a month later I cleaned out my ice box and was wondering what to cook and I seen the Alfredo and I got it out put it in the microwave for 2 minutes then put it in my cast iron skillet and heated it up and it was amazing????

    12. Can’t beat a quick and easy alfredo for dinner! Yours looks so delicious, Aimee – wishing I had a bowl to dig into right now 🙂

    13. U Show very good recipes on here and they are all @a very good cost to make as well as easy to make, so if their are people out their that need  help to make new things to cook for the kids and husbands this is a very good place to come ,so keep up the good work girl …????????????????

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