This Creamy Pesto Sausage Pasta made with whole wheat pasta is one of my favorite pasta recipes!

Simple pasta recipes are my favorite recipes to make! It usually happens on the exact night I’m making dinner. This creamy pesto sausage pasta was a huge hit with the family and it could not be more simple to prepare. Serve with a nice loaf of crusty bread and a salad and you’ll be good to go!

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 🙂

Transfer the 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. We like more of a “slight” pesto flavor.

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.

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.


Tips For The Best Pasta Recipes

*So many things go with pasta! Personalize your pasta according to your family’s favorite ingredients.

*Switch up the protein. Chicken, shrimp, beef….it’s all great.

*Use other chopped vegetables you have in the refrigerator. I give them a quick saute and add them right to the pot.

Creamy Pesto Sausage Pasta
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: dinner, pasta, quick and simple, sausage, simple dinner ideas
Servings: 8
Author: Jenny
  • 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.

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