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15 Best Sausage Pasta Recipes for Dinner

Between the tender penne and flavorful links, these easy sausage pasta recipes are incredibly comforting.

Seriously, your family will devour these dinners in a flash.

Cavatelli Pasta with Sausage and Spinach
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There’s nothing like a warm, meaty, carb-filled dinner after a long day. And these pasta recipes with sausage deliver every time.

Sausage is my go-to for pasta because it’s so much more naturally flavorful than chicken or pork.

Plus, it comes in a ton of varieties, so there’s no end to the possibilities.

From chicken sausages to spicy Conecuh links, each of these sausage pasta recipes is yours to modify however you like.


Easy Creamy Sausage Pasta and More!

1. Creamy Italian Sausage Pasta

You just can’t go wrong with a creamy pasta dish. Especially one that stars distinctive and extremely flavorful Italian sausage.

This fast and easy pasta is absolutely delicious! And you only need a few simple ingredients.

Simply gather Italian sausage, penne, spinach, Parmesan, garlic, onion, cream, and a few seasonings. That’s it.

The Italian sausage does most of the heavy lifting in this dish. So, you don’t need much to make the meal shine.

The best part is, you only need two pots: a deep skillet for the sauce and a pot to cook the noodles. You gotta love easy clean-up!

2. One-Pot Sausage Pasta

Speaking of easy clean-up: this one-pot pasta is even easier to make and clean up on a busy weeknight.

And it’s so yummy, your family will beg for seconds.

Every bite of this tasty meal is loaded with veggies, cheese, and so much flavor!

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From the peppers and kale to the tomatoes and alliums, it’s pretty nutrient-rich. And you can even sneak more veggies in if you like.

You’ll need a blend of mozzarella and Parmesan, so you get salty flavor and a nice cheesy pull with every forkful.

And, of course, the sausage adds a myriad of flavors, plus protein.

Choose whatever sausage you like best. But I think chicken apple or something smoky work well.

3. Creamy Tuscan Spinach Pasta

Luxuriously creamy, incredibly indulgent, and deeply flavored, this Tuscan pasta is all that and more.

From the chewy sun-dried tomatoes and zippy Italian sausage to the spinach and Parmesan, it’s truly heavenly. 

You’ll use chicken broth, cream, Italian seasoning, and garlic to round out the flavors and make a silky smooth sauce.

This is comfort food at its finest.  

4. Spicy Italian Sausage Pasta

If you’re regular pasta dinner is feeling a little blasé, this might be the dish for you.

You’ll use hot Italian sausages to ensure every bite has an added kick of heat. Though, of course, you can use regular too.

Either way, it’s well-balanced with loads of cream and cheese.

5. Cheesy Sausage Pasta

This pasta dish veers away from Italy and heads directly for North America. By that, I mean: it’s overflowing with cheese!

It’s in the name, after all. 

And let me tell ya, this cheesy sausage bake is beyond tasty! You can’t go wrong with ingredients like smoked sausage, Monterey Jack, tomatoes, and chilis. 

Plus, this recipe skips traditional Italian pasta like penne or rigatoni in favor of egg noodles.

I think that makes it more comforting. But if you choose penne, this dish will still be filling, comforting, and totally scrumptious. 

6. Instant Pot Pasta with Sausage

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, the Instant Pot is the G-O-A-T.

It’s earned the title Greatest of All Time because it can do so much, and it saves you time in the kitchen. 

And thanks to this recipe, you’ll have a family meal ready to serve in under 40 minutes – 30+ of which are passive!

Every forkful yields saucy, cheesy, protein-filled deliciousness. You’re welcome.

7. Smoked Sausage Cajun Alfredo

This is for the crazy-busy (or kinda lazy) people who still want to eat well.

Yep, that’s me! This enticing pasta only requires five ingredients and just 15 minutes. 

You’ll need your favorite pasta, smoked sausage, cream, Parmesan cheese, and Cajun seasoning. It’s simple, it’s bold, and it’s utterly scrumptious. 

Oh, and the leftovers are even more flavorful, so make a bunch

8. Sweet and Spicy Italian Sausage Lasagna

If you’re a lasagna connoisseur like a certain fat cat, you’ll love this one.

It’s bursting with flavor, sauce, and gooey, melty cheese, making it gloriously messy… as all lasagna should be!

The star of the show is the mixture of sausages. It features spicy and sweet Italian sausages, resulting in a total umami bomb. 

This dish also includes all the delicious things you’d expect in good lasagna.

That means ricotta, Parmesan, and mozzarella cheeses to the max!

This is lasagna done right. So get ready to drool. 

9. Sausage Pesto Pasta

In the face of tomato sauce and creamy Alfredo, pesto often gets forgotten. But I think it’s time we remedy that!

It’s delightfully herbaceous, garlicky, and all-around awesome. And when you add it to pasta…*Chef’s kiss*

In this recipe, you’ll pair fresh pesto with Italian sausage, penne, and hearty veggies.

The result is an earthy, rustic, and delicious pasta your whole family will enjoy. 

10. Baked Penne with Italian Sausage

Do you love lasagna but hate how tedious it is to make it? Then let me introduce you to baked penne.

It shares many of the same components as lasagna, but it’s like half the work

Saucy? Check. Creamy? Check. Meaty? Double check!

From the crust of bubbly brown cheese to the ooey-gooey filling, it’s not one to miss.

It even has a bit of wine for a bite of acidity. Yum!

11. Easy One-Pot Linguine with Italian Sausage

Take traditional spaghetti and meatballs to new heights with this scrummy linguine recipe.

This pasta is chock-full of seasonings, spices, and fragrant herbs. Plus, it calls for Italian turkey sausage, so it’s nice and lean.

Every bite is exciting. And luckily for us, it’s a breeze to make.

12. Italian Sausage Ravioli

I love pasta in all forms. But if I had to pick just one, ravioli is the king!

Not only do you get tender pasta, but the fillings are so scrummy, they make every meal different.

And this recipe is no exception. Stuffed with Italian sausage, it’s a pasta lover’s dream come true.

These little guys are coated in a rich, creamy tomato and Parmesan sauce. Mushrooms finish off the dish, adding an earthy, robust flavor.

Honestly, every bite is sinfully indulgent. You’ll want a second bowl for sure!

13. One-Pan Tortellini with Sausage

This delectable dish is pretty similar to the one above. It has fabulously filled pasta, Italian sausage, and a creamy tomato sauce. 

But in this case, the pasta is cheesy, and the sausage is cooked separately. Swap out the mushrooms for fresh spinach, and there you have it! 

Top Tip: if you need to bulk this meal out, add 3-4 more cups of broth. Now, you have an amazing Italian tortellini soup!

14. Sausage Stuffed Shells

Okay, I’ll be honest: stuffed shells are a lot of work. However, each second of effort is worth it because they are SO. DARN. GOOD. 

I prefer pasta dishes like this because I’m a sauce and stuffing gal. Like a 3:1 ratio works well for me – that’s three parts ‘other’ to one part pasta. 

And that’s what this dish is. It has so much gooey, meaty, cheesy, garlicky filling and just a little bit of pasta to hold it together.

Plus, it’s practically drowning in delicious marinara. 

Doesn’t that sound yummy?

15. Angel Hair Pasta with Italian Sausage, Mushrooms, and Herbs

If you’re looking for a quick and filling family meal, you just found it.

This angel hair pasta dish is incredibly flavorful, rustic, earthy, robust, and satisfying. 

Ready in under an hour, it’s perfect for busy bees with big families.

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Between the tender penne and flavorful links, these sausage pasta recipes are incredibly comforting. Your family will devour these dinners in a flash.


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Haley van der Ploeg
Haley van der Ploeg is a food writer and content creator for Insanely Good Recipes, where she authors blog posts, creates recipes, and crafts tantalizing photos.

Haley is passionate about food and its ability to gather people across cultures, languages, and generations. She believes everyone can learn to cook.

Most days, you can find Haley reading, baking elaborate cakes, and hosting get-togethers for friends and family. If Haley isn't home, she’s probably on a plane jetting off to exciting adventures and new cuisines.

She lives with her husband in the Netherlands and has taught him that vegetables *can* taste good.

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