Creamy Pesto Sausage Pasta

This Creamy Pesto Sausage Pasta is the best whole wheat pasta dish! It’s an easy, healthy family favorite made with pesto, sausage and parmesan cheese!

Creamy Pesto Sausage Pasta

Simple pasta recipes are my favorite recipes to make! This creamy pesto sausage pasta was a huge hit with the family and it could not be more simple to prepare with just a handful of ingredients. Serve with a nice loaf of crusty bread and a salad and you’ll be good to go!

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pouring pasta into boiling pot of water

What You’ll Need

  • small dry pasta– I used small whole wheat pasta shells for the recipe today. Any small shaped pasta works great.
  • ground sausage– You can use a mild ground sausage or hot version. I usually get Jimmy Dean in the sausage roll.
  • pesto– Find the prepared pasta in the pasta section of the grocery store. Near the pasta sauce.
  • heavy cream– Heavy cream is used to make the pasta creamy. Find it in the dairy section near the milk.
  • Parmesan Cheese– For best tasting results use a freshly grated Parmesan Cheese. In the refrigerated section of the grocery store, they offer fresh grated.
  • basil leaves– Fresh basil goes so nicely in pasta dishes. Adds a delicious freshness garnished on top.

How to Make Creamy Pesto Sausage Pasta

  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Place sausage in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook, crumble and brown. Transfer cooked pasta and sausage to large pot over medium low heat. Slowly stir in pesto and cream. Cook until hot, takes just a few minutes.
  3. Garnish each plate of pasta with fresh grated Parmesan Cheese and fresh chopped basil leaves.

adding pesto to sausage pasta

Transfer the cooked pasta and browned sausage to a nice pot. I check the doneness of my pasta 2 minutes before the suggested time, to make sure it doesn’t get overcooked. Add about 1/4 cup prepared pesto to the pot. For a stronger pesto flavor feel free to add more. We like more of a “slight” pesto flavor.

adding cream to sausage pasta

Add cream, stir until hot and top with grated Parmesan and fresh basil. Just like that dinner is done in under 30 minutes. Love this one.

creamy sausage pasta in pan

Quick and simple weeknight dinner friends. Note that if pasta is left out before serving, sauce will thicken slightly. Add more cream or milk to thin.

sausage pasta in pan

How To Serve

Serve pasta with a side salad and garlic bread if you’d like. It’s fantastic by itself, but great with sides as well. Try switching up the protein. Chicken, shrimp, beef are all great options. Try adding other sauteed vegetables to the pasta. Zucchini, broccoli, peppers are all delicious.

Leftovers

Store any leftover pasta in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days in the refrigerator. Reheat as needed.

Creamy Pesto Sausage Pasta

Creamy Pesto Sausage Pasta

This Creamy Pesto Sausage Pasta is the best whole wheat pasta dish! It's an easy, healthy family favorite made with pesto, sausage and parmesan cheese!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 528kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: $25
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Equipment

  • Stove
  • Large Skillet/Fry Pan
  • Dutch Oven or large pot
  • strainer
  • measuring cups
  • mixing spoon

Ingredients

  • 1 pound small pasta dry
  • 1 pound ground sausage
  • 1/4 cup prepared pesto
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped basil leaves

Instructions

  • Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Place sausage in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook, crumble and brown. Transfer cooked pasta and sausage to large pot over medium low heat. Slowly stir in pesto and cream. Cook until hot. Before serving sprinkle with Parmesan and fresh basil.

Nutrition

Calories: 528kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 498mg | Potassium: 294mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 740IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: creamy pesto pasta, easy pasta dish, easy pasta recipe, healthy pasta recipe, pesto pasta recipe, sausage pasta, sausage pasta recipe, whole wheat pasta recipe

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