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Italian Chicken Sausage Pasta

Italian Chicken Sausage Pasta

Italian Chicken Sausage Pasta with an alfredo/marinara sauce combo is an easy pasta recipe that comes together quickly, perfect for an easy weeknight meal or even entertaining!

It’s Monday, which in this house, means back to preparing easy recipes for quick weeknight suppers! On the weekends we usually eat out on Saturdays, and Sundays I typically make a meal that might take longer to prepare than something I’d make on hectic weeknight. The recipe I’m sharing with you today has been made two times in the last two weeks!  It comes together quick, but it’s packed with flavor. Whether you’re cooking for two or a crowd, this Italian Chicken Sausage Pasta will be a hit! 

This particular recipe for Italian Chicken Sausage Pasta came together after I had offered to host dinner for some friends at my house. I had plenty of food on hand, but nothing specific in mind to make. I always have a variety of pasta on hand,  and had just bought a big pack of Italian Chicken Sausage from Costco. One thing led to another and I decided I’d try making Italian Chicken Sausage Pasta. Sidenote: Chicken Sausage seems to be a fairly new product that I’ve seen in the grocery stores lately. I think I first spotted it at Trader Joe’s, and then saw it at Costco, and now I even see it at the regular grocery stores around my house. I like it because it’s lower in fat and calories than traditional pork italian sausage but it’s still super flavorful!

Once I had ironed out that I was going to make pasta, and Italian Chicken Sausage would be the protein of choice, I had to figure out what sauce to use. One of my favorite pasta dishes of all time is this recipe for Spicy Chicken Rigatoni. It uses a combo of marinara and alfredo sauce, which everybody typically seems to like, so that’s what I did. I used my recipe for simple creamy alfredo sauce (it comes together in minutes!) along with some marinara I had from the store. If you don’t want to make homemade alfredo, by all means, just buy it at the store.  The great thing about making a pasta dish is that you can use whatever noodles you have on hand. I had Barilla’s Plus Rotini in my pantry, but you could easily sub in rigatoni, penne, or any other pasta that you’d like!

I’m ALWAYS looking for easy pasta recipes to add to our dinner rotation list, and this one will definitely be on it. It’s good enough to entertain with, and simple enough to make for a quick weeknight dinner. Enjoy!

Italian Chicken Sausage Pasta

Italian Chicken Sausage Pasta 2

Prep Time: 5mn
Cook Time: 30mn
Total Time: 35mn

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb pasta of choice (I used Rotini), cooked according to package directions
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flake
  • 1 pound Italian Chicken Sausage, cut into 1/4 inch thick chunks (I cut them on a diagonal because it looks cool)
  • 1 1/2 cups Simple Creamy Alfredo Sauce (or buy pre-made from the store…)
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried ground basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley for garnish
  • Grated parmesan cheese for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add red pepper flake when hot and sauté for about one minute. Add in onions and cook until they are translucent. When the onions are almost done, add in garlic and cook for a minute or two.
  2. Add an additional tablespoon of oil if needed, and add Italian Chicken Sausage chunks. Add in oregano and basil and cook the sausage for 3-4 minutes, or until it starts to brown.
  3. Stir in alfredo and marinara sauce and cook over medium heat for a few minutes. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 – 20 minutes over low heat.
  4. Add in cooked pasta and stir to combine. 
  5. Garnish with fresh grated parmesan cheese and chopped fresh parsley.

 

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Comments (15)

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  1. I’ve been waiting 3 days for you to post this delicious recipe :)

  2. Made this for the first time tonight!! My boyfriend looooooved it!!! Thanks!!

  3. mildred hendrickson

    Send me the pasta chicken sausage recipeā€¢

  4. This looks so good! My hubby would love it!

  5. I’ve had this dish several times now and it’s so delicious every time! Great recipe :)

  6. I’m making this tonight! I’m subsituting Italian Turkey Sausage because I couldn’t find Chicken Italian Sausage. I think Whole Foods might have some, so next time I’ll head over there.

  7. never thought to combine the 2 sauces, will have to give it a try this weekend but maybe with spicy italian sausage for a bit of a kick.

  8. Tracy Kenny – spicy Italian sausage would be great! You could also toss in a little more red pepper flake for heat.

  9. Art and the Kitchen

    Yum looking recipe, passing this one on to my son and his roommates :)

  10. Tammy Nutter-Secrist

    I wonder if I could substitute smoked sausage?

  11. I tried this a few weeks ago & my whole family loved it! Awesome recipe.

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