Italian Sausage Pasta

Everyone loves this Italian Sausage Pasta recipe! Not only is it easy, cheesy, and delicious, but it is a hit with the entire family and can be made mild or spicy depending on your preferences.

Italian sausage adds the perfect flavor to any pasta dish. We like this recipe so much, we’ve tried it with penne pasta, and even with tortellini in a soup!

Italian Sausage Pasta on a white plate

Sausage pasta is delish!

This next recipe is one I have loved for a loooong time. It was made by one of my best friends, Desiree. She had made it for us just after I had my first baby. It was so delicious and the exact comfort food I needed!

I LOVED this Italian Sausage Pasta so much and was so excited to give it a try myself.

We have been long-time fans of pasta, as well as long-time fans of sausage. Not sure why we didn’t think of combining the two for some dinner ideas, but love that this simple recipe incorporates two of our favorite ingredients. We also love that it is really simple and doesn’t require a ton of work, which is perfect for busy families.

We are usually making some sort of Pasta dish each week, so we’ve added this into the rotation and it’s one the whole family will eat! 😀

Sausage pasta recipe

Ready in 20 minutes

Like I said – this recipe is SO EASY!! If you cook the pasta and the sausage at the same time, it really only takes about 20 minutes to throw everything together. Perfect for busy weeknights!

PASTA. Cook pasta according to package directions.

SAUSAGE. In a separate pan, cook the sausage, garlic, onion, and pepper flakes over medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until meat is no longer pink; drain.

REMAINING INGREDIENTS. Stir in the tomatoes, cream, salt, basil and ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese. Bring to a boil over medium heat.

SIMMER & MIX. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 6-8 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Drain pasta; toss with sausage mixture. Garnish with parmesan cheese. And ENJOY!

We have never tried this without the sausage, but we think it would be great on its own without the meat. Here are some more variations.

italian sausage pasta Variations and Additions:

  • Instead of using mild Italian sausage you can use ground sausage, chicken sausage, turkey sausage, spicy sausage
  • Add veggies such as Zucchini, bell peppers, mushrooms, spinach
  • Substitute the Parmesan with Mozzarella, or a blend of provolone, fontina, romano, and asiago
  • Substitute pasta with white rice, cauliflower rice, mashed potatoes or baked 
  • Add cubed potatoes

Italian sausage with bowtie pasta

Storage tips + side ideas

How do I store and reheat leftovers? Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave, oven or in a skillet on the stove. The pasta may have absorbed some of the liquid leaving it dried out. Feel free to add a bit more cream before heating. 

Can I freeze Italian Sausage Pasta? I would recommend freezing the sauce without the pasta. Once the sauce has thickened allow it to cool before pouring it in an airtight freezer safe container. Freeze for up to 4 months.

Thaw and heat on the stove top over LOW heat stirring constantly. Add a small amount of cream as needed to revitalize the sauce. Cook noodles and serve.

What to serve with your pasta? So many options, but here are some of our favs…

Sausage Pasta topped with shredded parmesan cheese on a white plate

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Italian Sausage Pasta Recipe

4.92 from 49 votes
Everyone loves this Italian Sausage Pasta recipe! Not only is it easy, cheesy, and delicious, but it is a hit with the entire family and can be made mild or spicy depending on your preferences.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 991 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 16 oz bow tie pasta
  • 1 lb milk bulk italian sausage
  • 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 1/2-2 cans Italian stewed tomatoes drained and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • In a separate pan, cook the sausage, garlic, onion, and pepper flakes over medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  • Stir in the tomatoes, cream, salt, basil and ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  • Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 6-8 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Drain pasta; toss with sausage mixture.
  • Garnish with parmesan cheese.

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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    1. Sure! Just substitute the chicken for the Italian sausage. You can use chicken sausage as well. Let me know how it turns out!

    1. That makes me so happy to hear! Easy and excellent are some of my favorite words. Thanks so much for trying it!

  1. I can’t wait to try this! Question – what is milk bulk sausage exactly? Would jimmy deans regular sausage work? Thanks!

    1. That’s a typo! Thanks for catching that. It’s supposed to be MILD bulk Italian sausage. The bulk just means it’s not in the links/casings. And yes, the Jimmy Dean’s regular sausage would also work for this recipe.

      1. 5 stars
        You are the SWEETEST for taking the time to reply back to me. I made this over the weekend and I can’t tell you how obsessed my family is!! You nailed it! My sister, mom and I are so excited to try your other recipes! Thank you 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    We LOVED this recipe! (All except my very picky 10 year old…but he doesn’t like much of anything.) So simple and so delicious!

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