Smoked Sausage Pasta

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This Smoked Sausage Pasta recipe is an easy 30-minute meal that is made with asparagus and topped with a creamy tomato sauce. Enjoy!

Smoked Sausage Pasta is basically smoked sausage in a creamy tomato sauce, tossed with hot pasta and asparagus and it turned out to be. The. Bomb. Every time I made it, kids cleaned their plates. Even Eddie loved it! (The pasta, not the asparagus.) Plus it’s a 30-minute meal that is really simple to throw together with simple ingredients and no pre-made anything. Overall, this is a yummy dinner that you don’t have to feel horrible about feeding to your family. It’s a good one 🙂

Smoked Sausage Pasta

Smoked Sausage Pasta Recipe

A super simple and well-balanced meal is the key to this Smoked Sausage Pasta recipe, right along with being downright delicious. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • Short Cut Pasta – I used Mezzi Rigatoni.
  • Olive Oil – to saute the onions and brown the sausage.
  • Yellow Onion – a great base to any recipe really.
  • Beef Smoked Sausage Link – my kids LOVE this stuff. Great flavor plus they get some protein into their diets.
  • Garlic – for flavor.
  • Petite Diced Tomatoes – one whole can of this stuff. This brings color and flavor.
  • Asparagus – I added in a pound of asparagus to beef this up a bit in the vitamin department. Feel free to substitute the asparagus out for a different vegetable or none at all. It’s up to you!
  • Dried Basil – for flavor.
  • Salt and Pepper – to taste.
  • Chicken Broth and All-Purpose Flour – My secret in keeping this lower-ish in calories is whisking flour into a little chicken broth to thicken the sauce…
  • Heavy Cream – and using 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) of heavy cream. Originally, I used 1/2 a cup but found that to be a little much and nearly unnecessary. This keeps things light yet still creamy.
  • Parmesan Cheese – this is used as a welcomed garnish but is totally optional.

Smoked Sausage Pasta

How to Make Smoked Sausage Pasta

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.
  2. In a large, nonstick skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Sauté onions for 4 minutes or until they start to turn translucent. While onions are cooking, cut the smoked sausage in half lengthwise, and then into pieces to create semi-circles. Add smoked sausages to the pan and brown lightly, 2 minutes.
  3. Start cooking pasta in boiling water.
  4. Rinse asparagus, snap woody ends off the bottom and discard. Cut remaining stalks into 1/2 inch pieces.
  5. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Add in the can of petite diced tomatoes, prepared asparagus, basil, salt, and pepper. Stir. Measure chicken broth into a liquid measuring cup and whisk in flour to dissolve. Pour chicken broth mixture into the hot pan and bring to boil. As the sauce boils, it should thicken slightly. Reduce heat to low and stir in heavy cream. Taste sauce, adjust salt and pepper and continue to keep warm on low until pasta is finished cooking.
  6. Drain the pasta once it is cooked to your liking. Pour into the sauce and toss to coat in sauce. Sauce may appear runny, but the more you stir the thicker it will become. It will come together 🙂
  7. Serve your Smoked Sausage Pasta hot!

 

Smoked Sausage Pasta Recipe

Tips and Tricks for a Perfect Dinner

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Use a Big Pan. If you’re going to pour the pasta into the pan with the sauce, be sure to use a large nonstick skillet with high sides. Trying to stir food/toss salad in a very full whatever is the worst. OR, just put the pasta back into the hot pot it cooked in after draining and pour the sauce overtop. This would be a good pot for that.

Asparagus. I like to cook my asparagus right in the sauce. You can also throw it into the salted pot of water where you’re cooking your pasta, but all those vitamins will get lost when you drain. So, be sure to add it to the sauce to keep the nutritional value.

Nonstick Utensils. Don’t forget to use plastic/nylon/rubber utensils in your nonstick pans! This will help them last a lot longer 🙂 This is the set I have and they work great!

Runny Sauce? The sauce may seem a bit runny, but the more you stir it together with your pasta, the more it will thicken up. When in doubt, keep stirring, soon enough you’ll perfect Smoked Sausage Pasta on your hands.

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5 from 15 votes

Smoked Sausage Pasta Recipe

This Smoked Sausage Pasta Recipe is an easy 30-minute meal that is made with asparagus and topped with a creamy tomato sauce. Enjoy!
servings 4 servings
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. short cut pasta I used Mezzi Rigatoni
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1-13 oz. beef smoked sausage link
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 14.5 oz. petite diced tomatoes 1 can
  • 1 lb. asparagus
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • shredded parmesan cheese as garnish, optional

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.
  • In a large, nonstick skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Sauté onions for 4 minutes or until they start to turn translucent. While onions are cooking, cut the smoked sausage in half lengthwise, and then into pieces to create semi-circles. Add smoked sausages to the pan and brown lightly, 2 minutes.
  • Start cooking pasta in boiling water.
  • Rinse asparagus, snap woody ends off the bottom and discard. Cut remaining stalks into 1/2 inch pieces.
  • Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Add in the can of petite diced tomatoes, prepared asparagus, basil, salt, and pepper. Stir. Measure chicken broth into a liquid measuring cup and whisk in flour to dissolve. Pour chicken broth mixture into hot pan and bring to boil. As the sauce boils, it should thicken slightly. Reduce heat to low and stir in heavy cream. Taste sauce, adjust salt and pepper and continue to keep warm on low until pasta is finished cooking.
  • Drain pasta once it is cooked to your liking. Pour into sauce and toss to coat in sauce. Sauce may appear runny, but the more you stir the thicker it will become. It will come together 🙂
  • Serve hot!

Nutrition

Calories: 634kcal | Carbohydrates: 101g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 427mg | Potassium: 894mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1295IU | Vitamin C: 22.4mg | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 5.8mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: kielbasa pasta, Smoked Sausage Pasta
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27 Responses
  1. Juliana

    5 stars
    Just made this tonight and I loved it! I used chicken sausage and milk because I had no cream. Hans for a simple and yummy meal.

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  3. Xena

    I will forget my fear by eating smoked sausages asparagus pasta. Pasta never disappoints me. It is yummy and yummy! I am going to cook your recipe for dinner. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Nichole

    Do you have step by step instructions for this recipe? I’m not extremely confident in the kitchen so like to follow numbered directions.

    Thanks!

    1. Lauren

      Sorry about that!! They were marked as “private” for some reason. When I switched over to my new redesign, some things got automatically changed. But, it’s all there now!!

  5. Shara Shaffer

    5 stars
    I made this for the first time today. It was well received by all. I did use turkey smoked sausage as a substitute as we had a non beef eater to accommodate. I will definitely make it again.

  6. Ciria

    I am not that great at cooking but I can follow recipes well however, I still have a lot of stupid questions so my question is if I like a lot of sauce what ingredients do I double?

  7. Ciria

    I am not great at cooking and still have a lot of stupid questions although I can follow a recipe and have good results. With that said what ingredients do I double if I like a lot of extra sauce ?

  8. Thomas Roell

    5 stars
    Had smoked sausage and asparagus left over. This was the perfect match. Family loved it and I got it done in 35 mins. Definitively a keeper.

  9. Kristen

    5 stars
    As a mom of 3, I’m always looking for meals that will please everyone. This did not disappoint! My pickiest eater devoured it (minus the asparagus). You’re my go to for recipes my kids will eat! Thanks!!

  10. Jackie Nelson

    My husband loves all the sausage dishes! I’m excited to try this one & for my granddaughter I’m going to do cracker pizza! Thanks for all your hard work!

  11. Julie

    5 stars
    Awesome recipe! All of us enjoyed it. The picky one enjoyed everything but the veggies. I believe it’s one of our 4 yr old’s favorite meals.

  12. Chrystal Blackburn

    5 stars
    This is so satisfying and delicious. The sauce has a nice tang to it that was unexpected. I used chicken sausage and penne pasta. Absolutely perfect and definitely a comfort food. Will be adding this to our recipe box. 😊

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