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Creamy Pesto Sausage Pasta

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This Creamy Pesto Sausage Pasta made with whole wheat pasta is one of my favorite quick fix weeknight meals!
Creamy Pesto Sausage Pasta

Simple past recipes are my favorite to come up with…usually the night I’m actually making dinner.  This creamy pesto sausage pasta was a huge hit with the family and let me tell you it could not be more simple to prepare.  Serve with a nice loaf of crusty bread and a salad, you’ll be good to go!

Creamy Pesto Sausage Pasta

I used a whole wheat small pasta for my dish, however any small pasta shape will work great. Be sure to cook your pasta 1 minute less than the box recommends.  It’s always nice for your pasta to have a little bite to it.  Mushy paste=bad dinner 🙂

Creamy Pesto Sausage Pasta

You’ll transfer your cooked pasta and browned sausage to a nice pot.  Add about 1/4 cup prepared pesto to the pot.  For a stronger pesto flavor feel free to add more.  My family likes more of a “slight” pesto flavor.

Creamy Pesto Sausage Pasta

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

Creamy Pesto Sausage Pasta

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.

Creamy Pesto Sausage Pasta


Creamy Pesto Sausage Pasta



Creamy Pesto Sausage Pasta

Creamy Pesto Sausage PastaPrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 15 min | Total time: 30 min


  • 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


  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. Before serving sprinkle with Parmesan and fresh basil.

Makes 8 Servings

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  1. 1
    Gaby Dalkin says:

    If I hear the words “creamy” and “pasta,” I’m always in! This dish looks to DIE for!

  2. 2

    Such a healthy pasta recipe!

  3. 3
    Maria Lichty says:

    Looks like a dish my family will love!

  4. 4

    Wow, pasta! This is my favorite item and today I will make it for my family. I love it.

  5. 5

    OMG! How easy is this?!? This is a must make!

  6. 6

    This would be perfect for a busy day! Yum!

  7. 7
    2pots2cook says:

    Hooked ! Ingredients promise a lot 🙂 Thank you !

  8. 8
    Jennifer says:

    This looks delicious! I love using whole wheat pasta to make dinner a teeny bit healthier!

  9. 9
    Deanna Anderson` says:

    Looking for the nutrition guide for the Creamy Pesto Sausage Pasta

  10. 10
    Kinna says:

    Ahh this looks great! Will have to try it out next week 🙂

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