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Creamy Italian Sausage Pasta

22/05/2020 (Last Updated: 28/05/2020)
 

This parmesan cheese loaded Creamy Italian Sausage Pasta is our go-to quick and tasty weeknight meal. Packed with mushroom, baby spinach and Italian sausage of course! 

Creamy Italian Sausage Pasta in cast iron pan with wooden spatula.

Why We Love Creamy Pasta with Italian Sausages

Essentially a one-pot meal, it’s easy to throw this together if you have left-over pasta sitting in the fridge.  The sauce takes no effort for the amount of flavour it carries, and it’s super filling!

Even though we love our no-cream Italian carbonara pasta, there’s something decadent about using 2 whole cups of cream for this sauce! Of course, you can always substitute with bechamel or white sauce if you don’t have cream.

 

Creamy Italian sausage pasta in cast iron pan with hand picking up sausage with fork.

What is Creamy Italian Sausage Pasta?

Creamy Italian Sausage Pasta is the perfect dinner dish to whip up when you’re running low on time and ingredients. Ready in just 15-20 minutes, and packed with flavour, you’re set to impress anyone sitting around the dinner table. The best part? Double the recipe and cook it as a batch, and you’ll have plenty of leftovers for work lunches.

The combination of a creamy white sauce that’s oozing with garlic flavour paired with herb-infused Italian sauces and simple penne pasta make for a very decadent dinner.

Now the sausages. There’s regular sausages, then there’s Italian sausages. There is a huge difference between the two – the flavour.

We’d never had them before our friend’s dad (who’s Italian) cooked us the sausages in a simple Napoli sauce. Italian sausages go insanely well in both white and red sauces as they feature a flavour combo of pork and fennel. Of course you can also use regular sausages, but I’d recommend popping in some fennel seeds or Italian herbs to up the flavour-ante.

Using the sausage meat with skins removed really helps to immerse the fennel and herb flavours through the dish.

How to make Creamy Italian Sausage Pasta

Cook pasta a couple of minutes less than the recommended packet directions, to keep pasta al dente. Set aside.

Boiling pasta in saucepan.

 

Place a large cast iron pan over medium heat and add olive oil. Once heated, add chopped onion, garlic and mushroom and cook for a minute or two. Stir continuously to avoid sticking.

Frying mushroom and onion in cast iron pan.

 

Add Italian sausages (don’t forget to remove the skins!) into the pan and chop up with your spatula as you mix around the pan. Cook until browned.

Cooking Italian sausage and mushroom in cast iron pan.

 

Set heat to low and pour in the cream. Mix around the pan, then add in the baby spinach and parmesan, stirring both into the mixture.

Pouring parmesan cheese into creamy sauce mix.

 

Add the cooked pasta, mixing everything together. Remove from the heat and serve immediately.

Mixing pasta in cast iron pan.

Voila! You’re done!

Cook’s Tips

  • Make sure to add your cream on low heat to avoid boiling and possibly causing the cream to separate.
  • Double the recipe so you can batch cook on a weekend, and have the meals ready to go during the week.
  • Always remove the sausage casings before cooking to make it easier to cook and let the flavours infuse through the cream sauce.

FAQs

Can you freeze creamy pasta?

Yes, you may find you get some natural separation of the cream and oils but it will taste fine! It will also last in the fridge for a few days.

How to thicken creamy pasta sauce

If you’ve found the sauce doesn’t thicken enough after adding the pasta, mix a teaspoon of cornflour/cornstarch to 1/4 cup of cold water and add the mixture into your pasta. Give it a stir on low heat for a minute or two and it should thicken nicely.

What is Italian Sausage?

Italian Sausages are a type of pork sausage from Italy that usually contains fennel, which make them very aromatic and perfect for cooking in pasta.

Variations & Substitutes

  • Try different sausages if Italian sausages aren’t to you’re liking – you can try chicken, spinach and pine nut sausages, lamb and rosemary sausages – or anything with a little extra spice or flavour will create a super tasty sauce when paired with the cream.
  • Replace cream with bechamel or white sauce for a ‘just-as-creamy’ no-cream version.
  • Get creative with your vegetables. If you don’t like mushrooms or baby spinach, try cooking with broccolini, asparagus or even cauliflower!

 

Creamy Italian sausage pasta in cast iron pan.

 

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Creamy Italian sausage pasta in cast iron pan with wooden spatula.

Creamy Italian Sausage Pasta

This parmesan cheese loaded Creamy Italian Sausage Pasta is our go-to quick and tasty weeknight meal. Packed with mushroom, baby spinach and Italian sausage of course! 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 856kcal
Author: Wandercooks
Cost: $15

Equipment

  • Cast Iron Pan
  • Large Saucepan
  • Sharp Knife
  • Chopping Board

Ingredients

  • 500 g italian sausages skins removed
  • 300 g penne pasta
  • 6 white mushrooms sliced
  • 2 cups baby spinach fresh
  • 2 cups cream or bechamel/white sauce
  • 1 cup pecorino remano cheese or parmesan
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  • Cook pasta a couple of minutes less than the recommended packet directions, to keep pasta al dente. Set aside.
  • Place a large cast iron pan over medium heat and add olive oil. Once heated, add chopped onion, garlic and mushroom and cook for a minute or two. Stir continuously to avoid sticking.
  • Add Italian sausages (don't forget to remove the skins!) into the pan and chop up with your spatula as you mix around the pan. Cook until browned.
  • Set heat to low and pour in the cream. Mix around the pan, then add in the baby spinach and parmesan, stirring both into the mixture.
  • Add the cooked pasta, mixing everything together. Remove from the heat and serve immediately.

Video

Notes

Creamy Pasta Tips

  • Make sure to add your cream on low heat to avoid boiling and possibly causing the cream to separate.
  • Double the recipe so you can batch cook on a weekend, and have the meals ready to go during the week.
  • Always remove the sausage casings before cooking to make it easier to cook and let the flavours infuse through the cream sauce.

 

FAQs

  • Can you freeze creamy pasta? Yes, you may find you get some natural separation of the cream and oils but it will taste fine! It will also last in the fridge for a few days.
  • How to thicken creamy pasta sauce: If you’ve found the sauce doesn’t thicken enough after adding the pasta, mix a teaspoon of cornflour/cornstarch to 1/4 cup of cold water and add the mixture into your pasta. Give it a stir on low heat for a minute or two and it should thicken nicely.
  • What is Italian Sausage? Italian Sausages are a type of pork sausage from Italy that usually contains fennel, which make them very aromatic and perfect for cooking in pasta.

 

Variations & Substitutes

  • Try different sausages if Italian sausages aren’t to you’re liking – you can try chicken, spinach and pine nut sausages, lamb and rosemary sausages – or anything with a little extra spice or flavour will create a super tasty sauce when paired with the cream.
  • Replace cream with bechamel or white sauce for a ‘just-as-creamy’ no-cream version.
  • Get creative with your vegetables. If you don’t like mushrooms or baby spinach, try cooking with broccolini, asparagus or even cauliflower!
 
Adapted from The Salty Marshmallow

Nutrition

Calories: 856kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 63g | Saturated Fat: 31g | Cholesterol: 187mg | Sodium: 907mg | Potassium: 549mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2250IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 278mg | Iron: 2.2mg
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20 Comments

  • Reply
    Adrianne
    22/05/2020 at 10:24 am

    This is a delicious looking pasta! Great to know that you just pull the skins off the sausage and add it in, it looks so tasty. I am always looking for easy, delicious looking pasta dishes and this looks fab, cheers!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      22/05/2020 at 10:24 am

      Yeah, it’s a great technique. Instant meatballs! 🙂

  • Reply
    Dannii
    22/05/2020 at 10:24 am

    Sausage pasta is so easy and comforting.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      22/05/2020 at 10:24 am

      Yessss, exactly. This is why we love cooking it on weeknights. 🙂

  • Reply
    Beth
    22/05/2020 at 10:24 am

    Three magic words – creamy, quick and easy! Every busy mom loves to hear those words!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      22/05/2020 at 10:24 am

      Haha too true!

  • Reply
    Cookilicious
    22/05/2020 at 10:24 am

    Pasta is a great comfort food especially on weeknights!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      22/05/2020 at 10:24 am

      Agreed!

  • Reply
    Irina
    22/05/2020 at 10:24 am

    Made it tonight! The evening meal was delicious! I could not find Italian sausages:( So, I replaced them with the pork ones. However, I will definitely try to make this recipe with Italian sausages next time. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      22/05/2020 at 10:24 am

      Thanks for letting us know Irina. I’m sure any sausages would go well – just add a little extra herbs to the dish to compensate.

  • Reply
    Tawnie
    22/05/2020 at 10:24 am

    This has turned into our favorite weeknight pasta recipe – thank you so much!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      22/05/2020 at 10:24 am

      Aww yay! That’s awesome Tawnie, thanks for the feedback. So glad you enjoyed it.

  • Reply
    Milica Vladova
    22/05/2020 at 10:24 am

    Oh, yummmmm! I just can’t wait to make this amazing pasta – looks so delicious!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      22/05/2020 at 10:24 am

      Thanks Milica – enjoy! You’ll have to let us know how it goes. 🙂

  • Reply
    Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
    22/05/2020 at 10:24 am

    This looks like such a delicious and comforting meal! My whole family love pasta dishes so we will certainly be giving it a try!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      22/05/2020 at 10:24 am

      Agreed. You can’t beat a nice quick mid-week pasta dish!

  • Reply
    Sylvie
    22/05/2020 at 10:24 am

    What a delicious looking bowl of pasta!! That creamy sauce sounds so decadent, it’s the perfect mid-week dinner recipe for sure 🙂

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      22/05/2020 at 10:24 am

      Thanks Sylvie! Hope you enjoy. Happy cooking!

  • Reply
    Dannii
    22/05/2020 at 10:24 am

    Sausage pasta is such great comfort food. Love how creamy this is.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      22/05/2020 at 10:24 am

      Agreed, it’s especially cold here at the moment, so loving the comfort food right now. 🙂

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