Creamy Tuscan Sausage Pasta

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Creamy Tuscan Sausage Pasta is pretty much a one pan wonder you will want to cook over and over again!  Perfect for a busy night, this is a hearty comforting dish that will truly satisfy.

Creamy Tuscan flavor is exquisite, divine and goes are favorites on my blog. These tried and true tuscan recipes are a perfect example, try Creamy Tuscan Scallops, Shrimp or Chicken.

Creamy Tuscan Sausage Pasta in a pan garnished with parmesan.

Italian Sausage Pasta

This is super easy pasta that will taste like you slaved over it all day. This Tuscan pasta has tender pasta, savory sausage, flavorful sun-dried tomatoes and spinach all smothered in a creamy decadent sauce. It’s insanely delicious and it’s fast. You can even argue that it’s made in one pan, especially if you already had pasta already cooked. This creamy sausage pasta hits the spot when comes to wanting something full of flavor and comforting. It’s going to become a quick family favorite.

This will feel like you’re eating at a fancy restaurant or having an intimate dinner for two all in the comfort of your own home. Pair this with a side of breadsticks, some roasted vegetables and a tasty chocolate dessert and you have fine dining on busy weekday at home. Whether it’s your first time with a Tuscan sauce or not, you have to try this tonight! You are going to love the way the sausage and sun-dried tomato come together in this sauce. It’s heavenly.

What Does “Tuscan” Mean?

Tuscan food is based on the Italian idea of cucina povera or “poor cooking.” It’s a concept of cooking that started very literally. It means simple meals that are inexpensive and could easily be made into large amounts. For instance this recipe can be doubled super easily as could this Tuscan pasta salad or vegetable and chicken stew. They are filling dishes that taste amazing without super expensive ingredients.

Tuscan cooking doesn’t use complicated seasonings or elaborate ingredients or even fancy creations. This is because they focus on using fresh, high quality ingredients that bring out incredible flavors without the extras. It’s delicious done simply and done right!

Ingredients for Sausage Pasta

Creating this creamy dish is fast and easy and doesn’t take a bunch of crazy ingredients. Pick your favorite type of ground sausage, pork, chicken and turkey all work really well. And you can control the spice level by what kind of sausage you get. Look for sun dried tomatoes either in the produce section or the canned vegetable aisle.

  • Penne Pasta: Cook the pasta al dente
  • Ground Sausage: Pick your favorite kind, mild, or spicy.
  • Heavy Cream: This will create the creaminess in the sauce.
  • Chicken Broth: Adds richness and flavor.
  • Garlic Powder: Garlic is great flavor in this tuscan pasta.
  • Italian Seasoning: I love this seasoning, it has all the great spices together. You can make your own here.
  • Parmesan cheese: Love this cheese with this dish. Fresh is best if you have it.
  • Spinach: Gives color, vitamins and nutrition.
  • Sun Dried Tomatoes: Sweet and savory, these are just too good.

Making Pasta with Sausage

Truly this dish couldn’t be easier. You are going to love that it tastes so amazing but is so simple to through together. It’s perfect for a busy weekday, or a quiet weekend. Either way you have to try it!

  1. Pasta:  Bring a large pot to boil and cook the pasta according to package directions.
  2. Sausage: In a large skillet add the sausage. Cook and crumble until it is no longer pink. Set aside on a plate
  3. Sauce: Add the heavy cream, chicken broth, garlic powder, Italian seasoning and parmesan cheese.  Whisk over medium high heat until it starts to thicken. Add the spinach and sun-dried tomatoes and let it simmer until the spinach starts to wilt. Add the sausage back to the pan and add the pasta and stir until heated throughout.

Cooking the sausage, making the cream sauce and mixing it all together in the pan.

Tips and Variations for Tuscan Sausage Pasta

Use your imagination and what you have on hand to create this splendid dish.

  • Pasta: I love using pasta that can really soak up the sauce and hold it in its crevices. For this creamy sausage pasta you can use almost any pasta you like, even spaghetti if that’s what you have on hand. Try cavatappi, rigatoni, conchiglie, or fusilli for fun and ease.
  • Al dente: Cook your pasta al dente. This means that the pasta is tender but is still chewy and holds it shape with a bit of firmness. This will allow the pasta to absorb the sauce a bit and hold on to the flavor in every bite.
  • Sausage: You can use just about any sausage you would like. I prefer to use Italian sausage, which is just sausage flavored with Italians type spices versus regular sausage, but both will work. Italian sausage can be found in both mild and spicy, and either taste amazing. For lower fat versions try chicken or turkey Italian sausage.
  • Heavy Cream:  You can use half and half instead of heavy cream to also cut a few calories but it won’t quite have that richness.
  • Spinach: If you don’t have fresh spinach, frozen will work. Be sure to really squeeze out any of the extra liquid. Kale and Swiss chard can also be used.

How to Store Creamy Tuscan Sausage Pasta

Like most Italian dishes, they are almost better the next day after the flavors have had time to meld together. Keep leftovers tightly covered in fridge for up to 4 days.

You can also keep this frozen for up to 4 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge and reheat in the microwave or on the stove. If it needs thinning add a bit of chicken broth or water as it heats.

Tuscan sausage pasta in a white bowl with a fork.

More Pasta Recipes to Devour

Pasta is an ideal comfort food, its customizable, filling and a great energy source. Adding pasta to leftovers is a great way to stretch meals and make them go further. Pasta is tender and you can flavor it in so many ways and with so many different foods, and it all just works. Pasta comes in so many fun shapes too. Try something new the next time you are at the store and grab a type of pasta you’ve never tried before. It puts a fun spin on old favorites. Need a new way to serve up pasta tonight? Try one of these tried and true favorites for dinner that’s guaranteed to win the family over.

Creamy Tuscan Sausage Pasta

4.95 from 17 votes
Creamy Tuscan Sausage Pasta is pretty much a one pan wonder you will want to cook over and over again!  Perfect for a busy night, this is a hearty comforting dish that will truly satisfy.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 6 People


  • 8 ounce penne pasta uncooked
  • 1 Pound Ground Sausage
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups spinach chopped
  • 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes


  • Bring a large pot to boil and cook the pasta according to package directions.
  • In a large skillet add the sausage. Cook and crumble until it is no longer pink. Set aside on a plate.
  • Add the heavy cream, chicken broth, garlic powder, italian seasoning, and parmesan cheese. Whisk over medium high heat until it starts to thicken. Add the spinach and sundried tomatoes and let it simmer until the spinach starts to wilt. Add the sausage back to the pan and add the pasta and stir until heated throughout.



Serves: 6

Calories778kcal (39%)Carbohydrates37g (12%)Protein25g (50%)Fat59g (91%)Saturated Fat28g (140%)Trans Fat1gCholesterol174mg (58%)Sodium875mg (36%)Potassium687mg (20%)Fiber3g (12%)Sugar5g (6%)Vitamin A1439IU (29%)Vitamin C6mg (7%)Calcium281mg (28%)Iron3mg (17%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian, Italian American
Keyword italian sausgae pasta, sausage pasta
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 5 stars
    I am not a sausage fan but my family loves it so I decided to try this. With the sauce and the sausage it was phenomenal and I realized that I like sausage and pasta. Everyone cleaned their entire plates and some asked for more.

    Right after I decided to make this I realized that I did not have any sun-dried tomatoes so I just made them myself, don’t let not having those stop you from making them, they are super easy!

    Pinterest win!!!

  2. 5 stars
    Wanted to try this dish and let me just say WOW! I love to cook and am always looking for something easy to throw together on a busy weeknight. Pure comfort food! Delicious and could easily be mistaken for something from a fancy restaurant. Will definitely be making again!

  3. 5 stars
    This was amazing! Made it while on vacation at a friend’s house. We all loved it and going to make agin tonight with my granddaughter. Can’t wait!!

  4. I used rotisserie chicken. Doubled the sauce recipe and added !/2 tsp of Paprika,1 tsp of Dijon mustard and 1 cup of mozzarella cheese. Was still a little runny so I added 2 tsp flour .Next time I want to try it with cherry tomatoes We loved it

    1. Where or what grocery aisle do you buy sun dried tomatoes? I’ve looked where my store has dried fruit, fresh produce, and canned tomatoes. It only seems to have sun ripened tomatoes, in a jar, which may the the same thing?

      1. I found the sun dried tomatoes in the grocery store isle where they have the different countries foods in with the Italian specialty foods.

  5. 5 stars
    This is a wonderful recipe and use it often. I’m confident serving to family and friends with consistent results! I mix my sausage with half spicy and half regular just for a little kick. It is in my “definitely keeping” file.

  6. 5 stars
    Made this tonight and followed the recipe exactly. It was amazing and the family loved it. Next time I will add more spinach as I forgot it wilts down so much. Thanks for a great one. Will def make again!

    1. Thanks for catching that! I decided that it made the sausage too oily to saute it with oil and forgot to take it out. I have edited the recipe. You don’t need olive oil!

  7. 5 stars
    I was able to make this on my own with no family input. Turned out great! Next time will double the spinach and skip feeding my daughter😀.

  8. 5 stars
    easy and delicious! added mushrooms to the sausage in the last 5 or so mins of cooking it & used casarecce pasta– perfect pasta for the combo

  9. 5 stars
    Made this delicious meal last night. LOVED IT! I’ve made your tuscan garlic chicken a few times before and we love that as well but this one is one of my new favorites for sure. Super easy and just delicious! 🙂

  10. 5 stars
    Thank you for the recipe. Great taste! I used about 15 grape tomatoes sliced in half lengthwise because I didn’t have sun dried tomatoes. I cooked the tomatoes with the sausage during the last five minutes of sausage cooking. I also added shredded mozzarella to the sauce because I didn’t have enough Parmesan- used 1/2 cup of mozzarella and 1/2 cup of parmesan. Used regular spaghetti pasta, because that’s what I had. It turned out great.

  11. We added 6-8 quartered Baby Bella’s. Didn’t use the olive oil because the Italian Sausage is greasy enough and drained it as well. This recipe is now one of our favorites.

  12. 4 stars
    I made this tonight and it was really good. I followed the recipe to the tee except used spicy Italian sausage. My sun died tomatoes were packed in oil from Costco.
    I questioned the garlic powder as opposed to fresh but I think it was great as is.
    I didn’t see where to use the olive oil so I didn’t, but that didn’t seem to make a difference.
    Overall good weeknight, quick and easy recipe. Thank you!

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