This quick and easy creamy Italian sausage pasta is a great weeknight pasta dinner that will on the table in less than 30 minutes. Sure to be a family favorite with savory Italian sausage and rosemary.
Prep Time: 20minutes
Cook Time: 20minutes
Heat a large skillet over medium heat with a little olive oil. Remove casing from sausage and place in skillet. Add 1 teaspoon of rosemary and mash it into the sausage with the back of a wooden spoon while breaking up the sausage into small pieces. Continue to cook until browned and cooked through. Remove from the skillet and place on a paper towel lined plate. When slightly cooled, place in a bowl and pour cream over it. Set aside.
Cook pasta, reserving ½ cup of the pasta water. Drain and return the pasta to the pot.
While the pasta is cooking, return the skillet to medium heat and if needed add some olive oil and then mushrooms. Saute, stirring often until soft and browned about 5-7 minutes. Add garlic, 1 teaspoon rosemary, and pepper, cook for about 1 minute. Stir in wine and cook until completely evaporated.
Add sausage cream mixture to mushroom mixture along with ½ cup of reserved water and simmer for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and add cheese, stirring until incorporated.
Add sauce to pasta along with lemon juice and serve.
Barbara's Notes + Tips
Reserve some of the pasta water to add back to the dish, it helps the sauce stick to the pasta.
Try using a combination of sweet and hot sausage.
If you like things spicy, add a dash of red pepper flakes.
You can substitute chicken broth for white wine.
Don't substitute no fat milk for the half-and-half, it will not be creamy.