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Smoked Sausage Alfredo Dinner Recipe

Close up photo of a fresh Smoked Sausage Alfredo Dinner.

Many people opt for powdered or jarred Alfredo sauce, which is available in the grocery store. But, did you know that making homemade Alfredo sauce is not terribly difficult to make? While it sounds fancy and challenging, if you have the patience to stand next to the stove and stir while it slowly cooks, you can make a homemade Alfredo sauce in your own kitchen.

This sauce will taste much better than commercially manufactured Alfredo sauce and it will be free from preservatives and excess salt. Additionally, you can add whatever seasonings that you think will taste best in your recipe.

Our recipe for homemade Alfredo sauce is tweaked by the addition of red pepper and mozzarella cheese. The mozzarella adds a bit of smoothness to the texture and the red pepper adds a bit of a spicy kick to the sauce. Overall, the sauce ties together the pasta dish together with the meat for a smoky, tasty flavor.

Close up photo of a fresh Smoked Sausage Alfredo Dinner.

Smoked Sausage Alfredo Dinner

April Freeman
A white sauce that is a favorite on pasta, Alfredo is typically made from melted butter, heavy cream, and Parmesan cheese. Often, the sauce is seasoned with garlic and includes extra additions like herbs and spices.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6

Equipment

  • 1 Saucepan
  • 1 Skillet
  • 1 Oven

Ingredients
  

  • 1 12 ounces package of fully cooked smoked sausage; we used beef
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 16 ounces dry pasta (whatever variety you prefer)
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Instructions
 

  • Heat a large saucepan of water and cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain the pasta when it is cooked to al dente. Set the pasta aside.
    Fresh pasta in a small skillet being set aside.
  • In a large skillet, heat the cooking oil over medium high heat until it coats the bottom of the skillet and sizzles. Chop the smoked sausage into bite-sized pieces and add it to the oil. Cook the sausage pieces until they are browned all over and a bit crispy on the edges.
    Smoked sausages being sliced into bits in a big skillet.
  • Remove the sausage pieces from the pan to a plate and set these aside until later. 
  • Melt the butter in the skillet and then add the garlic, cooking and stirring it for about 60 seconds or until it is lightly golden brown. 
  • Whisk the flour into the butter until a paste is formed and then pour in the chicken broth, whisking it to combine.
  • When the mixture is smooth, add the half and half and whisk it into the mixture.
  • Add the salt and pepper, along with the cayenne and red pepper flakes. Bring the liquid to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer until the sauce thickens. Whisk frequently as you cook this together. 
  • Stir the Parmesan cheese into the mixture and one cup of the mozzarella cheese. Whisk the mixture until it is smooth and the cheese melts. 
  • Stir the sausage and the cooked pasta into the skillet, coating them both with the sauce. Sprinkle the chopped parsley over the top of the saucepan and add additional salt and pepper to taste. 
  • Preheat the broiler in your oven.
  • Pour the pasta into a lightly greased 9 by 13 casserole dish and top with the other cup of mozzarella cheese. Put the casserole dish under the broiler and bake it for 2 to 5 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown and bubbly. 
  • Remove from the oven and spoon the pasta into bowls to serve, accompanied by a garden salad and a crusty roll.
    Freshly cooked Smoked Sausage Alfredo Dinner with cream cheese, garden salad and crusty roll.

Notes

If someone in your family is sensitive to spicy flavors, that is okay. You can leave out the red pepper and cayenne pepper and add a pinch of Italian seasoning to add a milder flavor.
One thing that is so great about this recipe is that you can add other things to the mixture to fill out the recipe. A cup of frozen peas or steamed broccoli can add additional nutrition and more interesting textures to the recipe. As an added bonus, kids who would never touch plain old broccoli might be more open to trying it when it is smothered in a flavorful sauce and mixed in with their favorite pasta.
You can decide what kind of pasta you would like to use. Ordinary macaroni is a good option, but other kinds of tube pasta like penne would be excellent as well. We used shell pasta and our recipe turned out wonderful, but bow ties might also be a delicious choice.
Keyword Alfredo, Dinner, Smoked Sausage

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