Italian Sausage Pasta

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5 from 6 votes
Italian food to me is comfort food. This Italian Sausage Pasta dish is everything you would want in a comfort food and you can make it in one pan!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
White plate with Italian Pasta bake

Italian food to me is comfort food. This Italian Sausage Pasta dish is everything you would want in a comfort food and you can make it in one pan!

White plate with Italian Sausage pasta recipes

This post is sponsored by the NY Beef Council.  All opinion are 100% my own.

You can almost taste this Italian Sausage Pasta by looking at the picture. That combination of pasta, creamy sauce, spicy sausage and cheese creates the perfect family dinner.

Why This Italian Sausage Pasta Recipe Works

This recipe is one of my favorites because it comes together really quickly for a weeknight dinner. It makes everyone in the family happy and satisfied, plus the cleanup is minimal.

The entire recipe is made in one pan, which means less fuss when cooking and less fuss when cleaning up. The pasta cooks in liquid flavored by the sausage, tomatoes and onions, allowing it to soak up all of the delicious flavors.

How to Make Italian Sausage and Pasta -Step by Step

  • Cook Sausage: The first step in making this Italian Sausage and Pasta is, in a large skillet with deep sides, heat the olive oil over medium high heat.Add the sausage slices and diced onion.Cook until sausage is browned on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. (Photo 1 below)
  • Prepare Remaining Ingredients: Next, prepare all the remaining ingredients. (Photo 2 below)
Ingredients for preparing Italian Sausage Pasta
  • Drain Grease: Drain grease. Next, add garlic and onion and saute.(Photo 1 below)
  • Add Sauce and Seasoning: Add chicken stock, tomato sauce, heavy cream, Italian Seasoning Blend, and House Seasoning Blend  (Photo 2 below)
  • Add Your Pasta: Add your Pasta and stir well.(Photo 3 below)
2nd steps in cooking Italian Sausage Pasta
  • Cover Pan and Cook: Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover the pan and simmer for 15 minutes.Remove the pasta from the heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese.(Photo 1 below)
  • Finish by Adding Cheese: Add the Parmesan Cheese. Stir and serve.(Photo 2below)
Finishing Italian Sausage Pasta

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Recommendations for Making Italian Sausage Pasta Recipes

Italian Sausage Pasta recipes are so adaptable. You can use so many variations and it comes out great every time. So here are a few suggestions to change it up:

  • Use Hot or Sweet Sausage, Chicken Sausage, Vegan Sausage
  • Try any variety of pasta you have on hand
  • Bottle sauce or homemade sauce

It really doesn’t get any easier.

What other pasta can you use? I like a good hearty pasta for this dish. It really ups the comfort factor for me and it also holds it’s shape very well when it is cooking. I use rigatoni but Pappardelle, Orecchiette or any other pasta works great.

You can even use some of those great protein pastas or gluten free. Here is a good resource for pasta types.

Pan of Italian Sausage Pasta with red and white napkin and wooden spoon

Making Homemade Beef Sausage

I recently had the opportunity to learn how to make homemade Beef Sausage. The process of making sausage had always intimidated me, but I learned just how easy, and fun, it really was. Plus, the flavor is incredible!

We did the entire sausage making class via video chat. It was fun to cook alongside some of my blogging besties, even if it was virtually.

Ingredients for learning how to make beef sausage

My friends at the NY Beef Council, along with my friend Chef Patrick from NY Kitchen, were there to walk us through the process. It started with a sub-primal cut of beef (Photos 1 & 2 below).

I cut the entire piece of beef into smaller chunks that would easily fit through the meat grinder. Chef Patrick told us this would make it much easier to get the beef through the grinder (Photos 3 & 4 below).

Grinding beef to make sausage

Next, we added flavorings to the ground beef (Photo 1 below). We made three types of sausage during our class:

The recipes above use pre-ground beef, but you can easily grind your own, like we did.

In Photos 2, 3 & 4 below, we stuffed the ground beef mixtures into sausage casings. It took a few tries, but I eventually got the hang of it.

Step by step instructions for stuffing sausage

While my homemade beef sausage may not be top quality (pay no attention to the air pockets in the links), I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out for my first try (photos 1 & 2 below).

Let me tell you, though, the flavor of these sausages was INCREDIBLE! My family couldn’t get enough. I used the Italian Style Beef Sausage in this pasta recipe.

Finished beef sausage in a bowl

Ultimately, my friends and I had a great time learning how to make homemade sausage. I know this is something I’ll be doing again and again.

Video chat of learning how to make beef sausage

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Expert Tips for Making the Best Italian Sausage Pasta

  • Get a little Spicy: Add a little red pepper flake or hot peppers .
  • More Cheese: Melt some Mozzarella on top of the pasta before serving or add some dollops of ricotta.
  • Love the Vegetable: Add some mushrooms, spinach, kale or other vegetables to build your flavors.

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Italian Sausage Pasta

5 from 6 votes
Italian food to me is comfort food. This Italian Sausage Pasta dish is everything you would want in a comfort food and you can make it in one pan!
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Servings: 6 people
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds Italian sausage sliced
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning Blend
  • 2 teaspoons House Seasoning Blend
  • 8 oz rigatoni pasta
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • In a large skillet with deep sides, heat the olive oil over medium high heat.
  • Add the sausage slices and diced onion.
  • Cook until sausage is browned on both sides, about 3 minutes per side.
  • Drain any excess fat from the pan.
  • Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add chicken stock, tomato sauce, heavy cream, Italian Seasoning Blend, House Seasoning Blend and rigatoni.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover the pan and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the pasta from the heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese.

Expert Tips

  • Get a little Spicy: Add a little red pepper flake or hot peppers .
  • More Cheese: Melt some Mozzarella on top of the pasta before serving or add some dollops of ricotta.
  • Love the Vegetable: Add some mushrooms, spinach, kale or other vegetables to build your flavors.
 

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 715kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 49g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 2228mg | Potassium: 758mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 682IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 164mg | Iron: 3mg

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2 thoughts on “Italian Sausage Pasta”

  1. 5 stars
    I’ve been waiting for an Italian recipe! It’s good to find something that really looks good and delicious! Thanks for this sausage pasta recipe! It’s perfect!

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