This Weeknight Sausage Alfredo recipe is the perfect, delicious, and quick weeknight meal your whole family will love. It’s affordable, too!
I’m all for a quick and easy meal. And it gets bonus points if it only calls for a few ingredients. That’s why I just LOVE this Weeknight Sausage Alfredo.
Similar to a fettuccine Alfredo, this very simple recipe only calls for a handful of ingredients, is super affordable, comes together in less than 30 minutes, and only dirties up a few dishes.
Y’all are going to love this not only because it’s easy and quick, but also because it’s packed with amazing flavor! It’s the perfect weeknight meal, but tastes like it’s for a special occasion.
You could easily add a side of garlic bread and broccoli or a salad to compliment this dish. However, it’s plenty filling and good enough on its own.
What sausage is best in sausage Alfredo?
For this Sausage Alfredo pasta dish, you could really use any sausage. I recommend using kielbasa sausage because it’s what I used in this particular recipe, and I just personally prefer it. However, you could opt for any smoked sausage, like andouille sausage, or even an Italian sausage. Turkey sausage and chicken sausage are also great options!
Ingredients You’ll Need to Make Sausage Alfredo
Rotini Pasta – I recommend using a box of rotini pasta for this pasta recipe. Simply boil it according to the package directions or until al dente, drain the pasta, and toss it into your sausage and Alfredo mixture at the end. You could also use a penne pasta if you can’t find rotini.
Unsalted Butter – This recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter. I recommend the unsalted variety so that you can control the saltiness of this dish more easily.
Kielbasa Sausage – As I mentioned above, really any smoked sausage will work in this recipe. I just prefer Kielbasa and can vouch for its amazing flavor in this particular dish. It is so, so good!
Half & Half – You need 1 1/2 cups of half & half. Well, that sounds confusing. 😂 This is used to create that yummy Alfredo sauce. If you can’t find half & half, you could use heavy cream in its place.
Cream Cheese – Grab 4 ounces of cream cheese for this recipe or about 1/2 of an 8-ounce package. I recommend the full-fat variety for the richness it adds to the dish, but you can opt for a lower-fat version. And while I normally love opting for generic or store brands, I often find they don’t melt as well as the Philadelphia brand.
Garlic Powder – You probably already have this in your pantry. And if you don’t, you should! Any brand garlic powder will do.
Grated Parmesan Cheese – You need 1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese for this delicious pasta dish. Adding this to your Alfredo and sausage mixture really ties together that cheesy Alfredo flavor. I just use the grated stuff in the green canister, but you can grate it fresh, too.
Salt & Pepper – I don’t give a specific amount for the salt and black pepper listed in the ingredients below. You will want to add according to your own taste preferences. Different cheeses and sausages will ave varying salt levels so you might need a different amount depending on the ingredients you choose.
Weeknight Sausage Alfredo
- 1/2 (16-ounce) box rotini pasta, cooked according to the package instructions and drained
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 (12-ounce) package kielbasa sausage, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
- 1 1/2 cups half & half
- 4-ounces cream cheese, cubed
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- salt & pepper
- In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the sausage and allow to brown – stirring occasionally.
- Add the half & half to the pan and bring it to a simmer. Add the cream cheese and allow it to melt, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic powder and stir.
- Allow the sauce to cook and thicken for about 5 minutes. Stir in the parmesan cheese and stir to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the cooked pasta and serve immediately.
* If nutritional values are provided, they are an estimate and will vary depending on the brands used. The values do not include optional ingredients or when ingredients are added to taste. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, I recommend grabbing your favorite brands and plugging those ingredients into an online nutritional calculator.