Creamy, cheesy, and a little bit spicy, this Cajun Sausage Alfredo covers all the bases.
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!
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.
You will need:
- pasta, like campanelle or penne
- smoked sausage
- bell peppers
- Heavy cream
- Cajun seasoning
- Cayenne pepper (optional)
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.
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!
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Add the Cajun seasoning and cream. Simmer for 4-5 minutes until the sauce begins to thicken.
- Add the parmesan and cooked pasta to the sauce. Heat through until the cheese has melted. Serve immediately.
This recipe was adapted from Hillshire Farms.
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