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Creamy Cajun Sausage Pasta

Creamy Cajun Sausage Pasta is full of Italian sausage, cajun spices, onion, garlic, and bell pepper in a creamy sauce flavored with Parmesan cheese.

Creamy Cajun Sausage Pasta in a bowl.

A Quick and Easy Pasta Dish

Can be made start to finish in under 20 minutes for a quick and easy meal. Perfect for a weeknight dinner.

What to Serve With Creamy Cajun Sausage Pasta?

This is a fairly heavy dish so I like to keep portions small and serve it with a few sides. Serve with:

Cajun Pasta in a bowl and a bunch of parsley.

 

How Spicy is This Dish?

This dish is fairly spicy. The heat comes from “Hot” Italian sausage, cajun seasoning, and cayenne pepper. To make it less spicy, leave the cayenne pepper out and use sweet Italian sausage. To make it spicier, add a few sprinkles of hot sauce or double the cayenne pepper.

Which Shape of Pasta to Use?

I love mini penne, but any pasta shape can be used. Cavatappi, linguine, and rotini work well.

Recipe Tips

Don’t forget to reserve a little of the pasta liquid for the sauce. The starch in the liquid will help bind the sauce to the pasta. If you forget, no worries. Add a little chicken broth or milk if you need to thin the sauce some.

Leftovers will keep for 4 to 5 days in the refrigerator and can be reheated in the microwave. Add a splash of half-and-half or milk if it has gotten too dry.

Creamy Cajun Sausage Pasta in a bowl.

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Creamy Cajun Sausage Pasta in a bowl.

Creamy Cajun Sausage Pasta

Creamy Cajun Sausage Pasta is full of Italian sausage, cajun spices, onion, garlic, and bell pepper in a creamy sauce flavored with Parmesan cheese.
PREP: 8 mins
COOK: 12 mins
SERVINGS: 4

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces pasta, I use mini penne
  • 1 pound hot Italian sausage
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add about 1 tablespoon of salt and pasta. Cook according to package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta liquid and then drain pasta.
  • If sausage is in casings, remove them. Cook the sausage in a large skillet, crumbling it as it cooks.
  • Remove sausage from skillet and set aside. Add a drizzle of olive oil to the skillet and cook the onion and bell pepper until soft.
    Add garlic and cook 30 seconds.
  • Add diced tomatoes, heavy cream, cajun seasoning, cayenne pepper, and black pepper. Simmer for a few minutes.
  • Add sausage and pasta to skillet and stir into sauce. Add reserved pasta liquid if the pasta is too dry.
  • Stir in Parmesan cheese and parsley and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 792kcal
Course: Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: cajun, pasta, sausage

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