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Cajun Sausage Alfredo

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Creamy, cheesy, and a little bit spicy, this Cajun Sausage Alfredo covers all the bases.  

Cajun Sausage Alfredo

Cajun Sausage Alfredo is a cheap weeknight dinner. It’s quick and easy to make. It only takes about 15 minutes, doesn’t take a ton of fancy ingredients, and it tastes amazing!

A skillet full of cajun sausage alfredo.

Finding that combination of cheap, easy, and delicious is hard to do. But this easy pasta dish hits all 3 criteria and that’s why it’s is in the regular rotation at my house.  Serve it up with a green salad and some garlic rolls or focaccia bread for an easy weeknight dinner.

Ingredients you’ll need to make this recipe:

  • pasta, like campanelle or penne
  • smoked sausage
  • onion
  • bell peppers
  • garlic
  • Heavy cream
  • Parmesan
  • Cajun seasoning
  • Cayenne pepper (optional)
Pasta, parmesan cheese, peppers, sausage, cream, onion, and cajun seasoning

Let’s talk substitutions real quick. This recipe calls for fresh veggies, but if you are looking to simplify even more, you can substitute 2.5 cups of  frozen onion and bell pepper blend to save more time.

Feel free to use your favorite type of sausage in this recipe as well. Andouille and chicken sausage make great substitutions for smoked sausage.

We love the “Slap Ya Mama” brand Cajun seasoning, but feel free to use whatever brand you have available. 

Cajun Sausage Pasta

One place where I do not recommend making changes is with the heavy cream. Heavy cream thickens up to a rich and creamy alfredo sauce with very little effort or time. If you try to substitute half and half, or whole milk, you won’t get the same results. They will not reduce and thicken unless you add an extra thickener like flour or cornstarch. The beauty of this recipe is just how quick and easy it is. Keep it simple!

 

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A skillet full of cajun sausage alfredo.

Cajun Sausage Alfredo

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Creamy, cheesy, and a little bit spicy, this Cajun Sausage Alfredo covers all the bases.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces pasta
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 pound smoked sausage
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan.
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional

Instructions

  1. Cook and drain the pasta according to the instructions on the package. Meanwhile, slice the onion, bell peppers, and smoked sausage into bite sized pieces.
  2. Over medium-high heat, cook the sausage, garlic, onions and peppers in the olive oil for 5-6 minutes. or until the sausage is browned and the vegetables have softened. 
  3. Add the Cajun seasoning and cream. Simmer for 4-5 minutes until the sauce begins to thicken. 
  4. Add the parmesan and cooked pasta to the sauce. Heat through until the cheese has melted. Serve immediately. 

Notes

This recipe was adapted from Hillshire Farms

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April G.

Tuesday 23rd of January 2024

This was a hit! I made a couple small adjustments due to what I had on hand (no bell pepper, so used steamed California blend veggies, and no parmesan so used Mozzarella) and it turned out absolutely amazing!

Amy D

Wednesday 24th of January 2024

Oh good! Love it when people can make a few changes and have a recipe still turn out well for them! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Ary Davis

Friday 25th of March 2022

Made this tonight. I prepped everything before my daughters pinao lesson (took about 10 minutes) I didn’t have any Cajun seasoning so I used old bay (not as spicy, which was fine by my family) I got home at 4:45pm and had everything cooked (including pull apart garlic bread) by 5:05pm. 20 minutes to cook, 10 minutes to prep. A true 30 minute meal and it was an absolute hit in my house! Full of yummy flavors and beautiful colors. Thanks for the great recipe.

Amy D

Saturday 26th of March 2022

Glad that you were able to make it work with what you had on hand Ary!

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