Pasta coated in a creamy sun-dried tomato sauce with slices of Andouille sausage is comfort food like no other and easy enough to make for a weeknight dinner on a busy day. There’s just something about the flavor of sun-dried tomatoes that goes so perfectly with a cream sauce and pasta.
Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce is one of my favorite family meals and this recipe has all the flavor and comfort that I love in that dish, but with a little…ok, a lot of spicy sausage added in.
I used Johnsonville Chicken Andouille Sausage which has the spice I love in andouille sausage but is lower in fat which is good because we already have a whole lot of fat in this recipe from the heavy cream.
But this is definitely a keep your portions small and eat a big side salad kind of recipe.
Instead of Andouille sausage you could use another type of smoked sausage like kielbasa. I used gemelli pasta but any pasta shape works. You could even use spaghetti or fettuccine and farfalle always seems to be popular with kids.
I use sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil and a really good tip I learned years ago is to use the oil they come packed in for cooking. No need to waste that awesome flavored oil. The sun-dried tomatoes I use come packed in safflower oil, but whether yours come in olive oil or another oil, go ahead and try using it to add flavor to your sauteed foods. You’re paying for it so you might as well make use of it.
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Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce and Sausage
- 12 ounces of pasta, cooked to al dente (reserve 1/3 cup cooking liquid)
- 2 links Andouille or smoked sausage
- 1 tablespoon oil, I use the oil from the jar of sun-dried tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 shallot, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 3/4 cup chicken broth
- 2/3 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
- 1/3 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained well
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Slice sausage into 1/4-inch slices. Heat oil in a large skillet and cook sausage until browned. Remove sausage from pan and set aside.
- To the pan, add butter. Cook garlic and shallot in butter for 2 minutes over medium heat.
- Add flour and cook for 1 minute.
- Whisk in chicken broth and heavy cream. Simmer until thickened.
- Add Parmesan cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, thyme, and red pepper flakes.
- Season to taste with salt.
- Add pasta and toss to coat. If sauce is too thick, add reserved pasta liquid.
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12 thoughts on “Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce and Sausage”
Absolutely delicious!!! I added shrimp too, out of this world good!!!
I made this with a twist. I doubled the andouille and added shrimp. I also used homemade sund-dried tomatoes that I made in my air fryer. Excellent easy meal.
Oh my!!! This is totally my kind of dinner! Give me all the carbs!
This looks so flavorful and delicious! I love sun-dried tomatoes in pasta! The andouille sausage is such a great addition! Happy New Year, Christin!
Sundried tomatoes and pasta is surely a winner combo!
Happy New Year dear! x
Oh, maaaaan. This pasta looks so good, I have no doubt I would end up eating waaaay too much! LOL. I love a good sun-dried tomato sauce!
Love the addition of sun dried tomatoes in here, Christin! It’s gives this pasta such a great flavor, especially with the sausage! What perfect comfort food!
I am all about quick dinner these days. This pasta dish is seriously making me hungry! I love the fact that you use gemelli. When making pasta for the family, I am usually stuck with spaghetti or pene because my picky husband is very selective with his pasta. When I make this dish, it’s going to be all about me and the kids because I’m using gemelli! 🙂
I don’t cook with sundried tomatoes enough! This looks like the perfect winter comfort food — so rich and creamy!
This is a pasta dish I would be very excited to eat! I love the sound of the sun dried tomato sauce, and the sausage sounds wonderful!
Sundried tomatoes are the best- this easy meal looks absolutely delicious!
I will eat pretty much anything with sun dried tomatoes. I love this combination with the andouille sausage!!