Sausage alfredo recipe
Pasta with alfredo sauce is a classic dish and we have just made it better with our sausage alfredo recipe. With vegetables, protein and a deliciously creamy sauce, this is definitely what you should make for dinner tonight!
Broccoli and Sausage Pasta Alfredo
Everyone loves good pasta recipes and this is just one more that you can add to your repertoire. Rather than just settle for regular tomato sauce or a basic pasta with alfredo, we have incorporates both broccoli and sausage into our recipe to make the dish a complete meal. Not only will you enjoy all the flavors that come together in one dish, but you will also love how quick and easy this recipe is! You will have a delicious, healthy meal on the table in just a matter of minutes!
How to Make Sausage Alfredo
Making our sausage alfredo only takes a few minutes of prep time and relies on some of our favorite short cut ingredients- an amazing jar of alfredo sauce and some tasty andouille sausage. Most andouille sausage is already pre-cooked (you will essentially just be heating and browning it in this recipe) but be sure to read the label and ensure that you purchase the cooked variety.
Here is how we make our easy recipe:
- Toss the broccoli florets with the olive oil, salt and pepper and then roast in the preheated oven for about 15- 20 minutes. The minutes cook time may vary depending on your oven but you want the broccoli to be starting to brown.
- While the broccoli is roasting, get started on the rest of the dish by bringing a large pot of water to a boil and cooking the pasta according to package directions.
- Saute the sausage in a skillet as well until they begin to brown and caramelize.
- Toss the cooked sausage, cooked pasta, roasted broccoli and alfredo sauce together and then enjoy!
Such a quick and easy recipe! After you make this alfredo pasta one or two times, you won’t even need to look at the recipe. The steps are so simple that you will have it memorized soon!
Since this recipe is so easy to cook, I have made it hundreds of times. However, I don’t always have broccoli on hand and the pasta I have in my pantry varies as well. Luckily, this recipe is also very flexible. Here are a few changes I have made to this pasta dish that have turned out fantastically.
- Use tortellini or ravioli as the pasta (which also helps add some more cheese flavor to the alfredo pasta!).
- Roast sliced bell peppers instead of broccoli
- Replace andouille sausage with Italian sausage (both spicy and sweet Italian sausage work well).
- Use a reduced fat alfredo sauce to cut back on calories
- Use chicken sausage, turkey or even a smoked sausage
- Add some garlic to the pan to roast the broccoli
You can see how many options you have when it comes to making this recipe, and aren’t flexible recipes the best?!
Perfect Meal Prep Recipes
If you are a big fan of getting ahead and preparing your meals in advance for the week, then our recipe is one that you absolutely have to add to your list of things to cook. Not all pasta recipes work well with meal prep as the pasta can get dry when you reheat it. However, the alfredo sauce in this dish prevents that from happening! If you are worried about the pasta drying out, you can add an extra splash of cream to the sauce to give it a little more moisture which can help when you cook it again to enjoy later on.
The creaminess of the sauce keeps that pasta nice and soft, giving you an easy meal to reheat throughout the week. Make a double batch of the sausage alfredo recipe (make sure you have a pot big enough to mix everything together in!) then divide the fully cooked meal between airtight containers. Put one of the containers into your meal prep bag each day and you will have a delicious, healthy and complete meal ready for you! In just a few minutes total time, you will have made meals for a full week.
Complete Meal Recipes
I have mentioned a few times that this recipe for sausage alfredo is a complete meal, but what does that actually mean? By definition, a balanced meal is one that has a food from each food group present. That means there is at least one dairy, protein, grain, vegetable and fruit in the dish. This recipe contains everything except the fruit!
- Dairy is present in the cheese and alfredo sauce
- Protein is accounted for in the sausage (no matter if you use Italian sausage, andouille or smoked sausage!)
- Grains are found in the pasta
- Broccoli is the vegetable of choice here!
So while you will need to eat a piece of fruit for dessert, all of the other components of a complete, balanced meal in this alfredo pasta and that is not something many recipes can claim!
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Smoked sausage and fresh roasted broccoli make this pasta an incredible dinner.
- 1 lb. fresh or frozen broccoli florets sliced in half
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 (8oz) box pasta (we use gluten free)
- 4 to 6 links Andouille sausage (sliced)
- 1 cup Alfredo sauce (we used Newman’s)
- parmesan cheese (for serving)
- Preheat oven to 425(F) degrees and prepare a baking sheet with non-stick spray. In a large bowl, mix the broccoli, olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread broccoli evenly on prepared sheet and roast for about 15 to 20 minutes.
- While broccoli is roasting, cook pasta according to package directions (drain and set aside) and heat a non-stick skillet to medium-high and cook the sausage links for about 5-7 minutes.
- When broccoli is done, carefully remove from oven and add to prepared pasta. Add in sausage and alfredo sauce.
- Add in a little extra milk if needed, and sprinkle with parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.
- Changing the sausage in the recipe is a very easy way to make this sausage alfredo interesting every time you make it. Italian sausage, ground chicken sausage and even an apple feta sausage would all be interesting and delicious!
- Consider making your own alfredo sauce from scratch for an even more impressive dish. All you will need is a few cups heavy cream, garlic, parmesan cheese, butter and some salt and pepper. It won’t take long to cook your very own signature sauce!
- If you have various taste preferences in your family, serve the pasta in a buffet style setting. Let everyone grab their own pasta and then add as much or as little sausage, broccoli and sauce as they would like. This can also be a fun way to have everyone in your family involved in the “cooking process”!