Sausage Pasta Recipe with Cream Sauce

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There is nothing more filling on a cold winter night than a favorite casserole recipe.  The warmth from the oven is an added bonus. One of my favorite comfort foods is this sausage pasta recipe with cream sauce. It is quick and easy to prepare and can be made, baked and served in the same oven same casserole dish.  One pan cooking means less dishes and that makes me happy. The type of sausage that I use in this sausage pasta recipe really depends on what I have in the freezer.  I have used sweet Italian, hot Italian, smoked sausage and kielbasa (like I did tonight).  They are all delicious.

Instead of slicing link sausage to use in the sausage pasta recipe, you could start with a bulk sausage and simply crumble it into small pieces instead. Whatever you happen to have in the freezer will work quite well.

Sausage pasta recipe with cream sauce

Sausage Pasta Recipe with Cream Sauce

Sausage Pasta Recipe with Cream Sauce
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 link of kielbasa (or half a rope)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can of stewed or diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 1/4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup of heavy cream or half and half
  • 1 13.25 oz DeCecco Penne Rigate (I used whole wheat)
  • 2 cups of Mexican blend cheese (shredded)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Add the olive oil to an oven/stovetop safe pan.
  3. Heat the onions and kielbasa till lightly browned.
  4. Add the tomatoes, garlic, stock, cream and pasta to the pan.
  5. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  6. Cover the pan. Reduce the heat so it simmers. Cook 10-15 minutes till al dente.
  7. Remove the pan from the stove. Sprinkle the cheese on top.
  8. Bake 15 minutes uncovered until the cheese melts.

Sausage pasta recipe with cream sauce


Sausage pasta recipe with cream sauce

This is a delicious sausage pasta recipe that your whole family will enjoy. I received a box of DeCecco pasta products for a feature and used DeCecco Whole Wheat penne Rigate in this recipe.  You could use elbows, rotini or another shape if your family prefers. DeCecco offers a variety of types of pasta including spaghetti, fusili, rigatoni, farfelle, linguini and more.  You can find traditional, whole wheat, and tricolor pasta.  They also have potato gnocci, olive oil, and a variety of different sauces.


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  1. We have really been getting into more pasta now that the weather has cooled. This looks like a really great one to try!!! Your pictures are mouth-watering.
  2. What a fantastic recipe. I think that the heavy cream is what differs from my old favorite recipe and is an awesome improvement!
  3. Tough Cookie Mommy says
    This looks like a delicious dish.  I love the cream sauce because it is a great substitute for tomato sauce.  We have been moving away from using so much tomato sauce in our recipes.
  4. Tammilee Tillison says
    This looks delicious. I am always looking for great filling recipes. 
  5. Nancy Lustri (StyleDecor) says
    Oh my! Looks absolutely appetizing and your photos, as always, look beautiful. Mind if my family moves in? They would love to eat like queens and kings.
  6. That looks great. We don't make pasta around here very often and I don't know why. We definitely need to.
  7. that looks so so so good ellen!!  sausage is never a bad thing!!
  8. That looks delicious, Ellen. My husband is a huge sausage fan and I like pasta so this is a win-win dish for us. 
  9. Julie Corbisiero says
    Ellen your pasta dish looks amazing and thanks for hosting! Enjoy the rest of the week. Julie
  10. christine reyes says
    Thanks for this yummy recipe. We love those Hillshire Farms sausage links and I wanted a new recipe for them!

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