Easy, Fast Meals For Moms And Pregnants

Creamy Sausage Pasta


  • 4 cups penne noodles
  • 1 teaspoon salt, more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground Italian sausage spicy or mild, your preference
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2-1 cup sliced mushrooms see note
  • 1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese optional
  • fresh parsley or thyme for garnish optional


In a deep skillet, or pot, bring 4 cups water to a boil. Stir in penne noodles along with 1 teaspoon salt. Boil 6-9 minutes until fork-tender. Drain, toss with 1 teaspoon oil, and set aside.
In the same skillet, you used for the pasta (or a new one if you used a pot) cook sausage over medium-high heat, breaking up with a spoon or spatula as it cooks, for 6-8 minutes or until completely browned. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a bowl and cover to keep warm.
Reduce heat to medium and add butter to the pan. Once melted, stir in garlic 1-2 minutes till fragrant. Add mushrooms and saute 3-4 minutes until very tender.
Stir in chicken broth and heavy cream and simmer over medium-low heat until reduced (about 5-10 minutes).
Stir in cooked sausage and noodles. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Top with parmesan and parsley or thyme if desired and serve.
You can also use regular (non-Italian) ground pork sausage or ground turkey sausage and add in 1 teaspoon dried Italian herb blend or 1/4 teaspoon each dried basil, thyme, oregano, and parsley or rosemary.
If you don’t like mushrooms, simply leave them out!

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