Smoked Sausage Cajun Alfredo

Smoked Sausage Cajun Alfredo – Only 5 ingredients – smoked sausage, pasta, cajun seasoning, heavy cream and parmesan – ready in under 15 minutes! No prep! Very similar to our all-time favorite Chicken Lazone, but with smoked sausage. OMG! AMAZING! Make this tonight! We ate it two nights in a row – it was that good!

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Easy Skillet Cajun Pasta Recipe

This Smoked Sausage Cajun Alfredo is SO good! This was so good that we made it two days in a row! I’m still dreaming about it!! It reminded me a lot of our all-time favorite Chicken Lazone. There are only 5 ingredients in this dish, and it only took about 15 minutes from start to finish. I LOVE easy weeknight meals like this!

How to Make Smoked Sausage Cajun Alfredo

This pasta is super easy to make. Start with cooking some pasta. While the pasta is cooking, brown some smoked sausage in a skillet. Add heavy cream and Cajun seasoning; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer gently for 3-4 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken. Remove from heat, stir in Parmesan cheese. Add pasta to the sauce and toss.

  • To cut down on the calories, I used turkey smoked sausage. It tasted great and we couldn’t tell any difference from the regular smoked sausage.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Cajun/Creole Seasoning: https://www.plainchicken.com/creolecajun-seasoning-secret-recipe/
  • If you are worried about this being spicy, you can certainly reduce the amount of cajun seasoning.
  • You can use any shape of pasta that you prefer.
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What to Serve with Cajun Pasta

This pasta has been on repeat at our house. We just can’t get enough of this dish! It is so easy to make and is packed full of amazing flavor! We usually serve this with some green beans or a salad and some bread. Give this a try the next time you need a quick weeknight meal!

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skillet of smoked sausage cajun alfredo pasta

Smoked Sausage Cajun Alfredo

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Smoked Sausage Cajun Alfredo – Only 5 ingredients – smoked sausage, pasta, cajun seasoning, heavy cream and parmesan – ready in under 15 minutes! No prep! Very similar to our all-time favorite Chicken Lazone, but with smoked sausage. OMG! AMAZING! Make this tonight! We ate it two nights in a row – it was that good!

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • Prepare pasta according to package directions; drain and set aside.
  • Saute sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, turning occasionally.
  • Add cream and Cajun seasoning; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer gently for 3-4 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken.
  • Remove from heat, stir in Parmesan cheese. Add pasta to sauce and toss.

Notes:

  • To cut down on the calories, I used turkey smoked sausage. It tasted great and we couldn’t tell any difference from the regular smoked sausage.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Cajun/Creole Seasoning: https://www.plainchicken.com/creolecajun-seasoning-secret-recipe/
  • If you are worried about this being spicy, you can certainly reduce the amount of cajun seasoning.
  • You can use any shape of pasta that you prefer.

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Comments

  1. I was nervous about whipping cream + seasoning, but WHOA was this great. Thank for the recipe. My whole family loved this.

    1. I just made this tonight with beef smoked sausage. Really very good. I added a bit more cajun (season to taste) also, heavy cream comes to a boil and needs about 10 to 12 min on simmer to thicken. So a bit longer then 15 minutes but worth it. Easy, cheap weekday meal that will last for a couple of meals depending on how many people your feeding. Enjoy!

  2. I knew I was going to like this because you’ve had so many wonderful comments on it! But I wanted to write my own comment now and tell you that this recipe has been on rotation for me for over a year now! I use whatever pasta I have around (even gluten free pasta!), but campanelle is my favorite. I have used about any kind of sausage I have in the house – turkey kielbasa was surprisingly good. But a good Andouille sausage is the best. I have found that the pre-shredded parmesan clumps a little. It’s not a deal breaker and I will use it. But if I have time (and the energy) I do like to shred my own. I tend to use a little more Cajun spice than the recipe calls for – I just love that flavor! But all of these things are super minor changes because the recipe is so good.

    One thing I do pretty consistently is add more veggies. Just because I’m trying to eat more veggies. And I find this recipe is a perfect vehicle for so many different kinds! I have sauteed onions and pepper with the sausage; I have added frozen chopped broccoli to my pasta water while my pasta is cooking and added that; I’ve added fresh broccoli or brussels sprouts when I’ve sauteed the sausage and let it cook in the cream (I did end up having to add just a touch more cream); I’ve added peas to the cream while it simmered. The only thing I wouldn’t recommend is cauliflower. It just took over on taste.

    I have made this for so many people and they always request the recipe. It’s seriously good. And simple. And easy to adjust with what you have in the house. And easy to add veggies. And did I mention that it’s seriously good? Thank you!!!

  3. Let me start off by saying I don’t like alfredo…… BUT, this was the most awesome thing!!! When I saw the recipe, it just hit my “I think I want to try that” button. I used Sunnyvale Farms HOT smoked sausage and added an extra cup of cheese. (to me, recipes are suggestions 🙂 )
    It was SO GOOD!!! Definitely going in my stack of do-it-again recipes!

  4. OMG! This recipe is so good and easy to make. Perfect meal for during the week.
    My wife and son loved it. Even had enough leftover for us to eat again. First recipe I’ve used from this site, and plan to to start using many more. Thank you!

      1. For some reason none of the stores around here carry Gemelli Dry Pasta. Have you used a different pasta for this recipe that worked well?

  5. I made this tonight for my family, since it was cajun, i had to add the holy trinity. Otherwise, I made as directed. Very good! We’ll definitely have it again

  6. Do you have the nutritional info on this recipe?

    Btw, this was a HIT with my family. My college kid especially liked it.

    I did sauté some onion and garlic in there as well, threw some basil on top

  7. My family loved this dish! It’s a good one to toss in any extra veggies you have in your fridge too 😋. Definitely on our rotation!

  8. Would this work in the crockpot or smart oven? I don’t have a stove but this sounds delicious.

  9. Made this tonight! So so yummy. A new fave in the rotation. I only added about 1tsp of Cajun seasoning. I used Tony’s and 1 tbsp would have been super salty. I added some garlic, green onions, and tomatoes as well and it was perfect!

  10. I made this tonight and it is so very yummy! It did not thicken up at all for me so I added a corn starch slurry at the end. It has just the right amount of seasoning and has an amazing creaminess. This will definitely be something I make again.

  11. Thank you for the inspirational recipe! I admit I used it more as ‘guidelines’, but it still helped me make a delicious dinner. (Those curious, I added onion, orange bell pepper, garlic, and as I only had 1.5c of cream, I added milk and about 1/4c cream cheese.)

    1. I followed your extra ingredients, plus added kale after I added the cream and Cajun spice. In addition to the smoked Turkey sausage, I added two diced checked breasts. This is my new favorite meal. With the extra ingredients it adds more flavor. Thank you for this recipe!!

  12. This was very tasty! I saw a comment about grease-drain sausage in a colander & proceed with other directions. I added onion and red and green bell pepper and used Slap Ya Mama Cajun seasoning- From SETX. Also added shrimp. But this was good!!!

  13. I Love this! I’ve made it quite often and my 14 yr old Grandson loves it,too. I dbl the recipe for leftovers. The only thing I do differently is I use Old Bay seasoning and smoked and andouille sausage.
    Thanks

  14. I have made this twice now and it is so delicious. It’s seriously become my favorite dish & bonus is that it’s super easy! I added a little garlic, Italian seasoning & red pepper flakes because we like spicy stuff. Such a great recipe!

  15. Used venison bologna ring, omitted the Cajun because the venison is peppery enough! Delicious recipe there weren’t any leftovers my family of five ate every bite! Thank you!

  16. Made this tonight with penne pasta. Soooo good! My husband is usually picky about pasta but loved it as well! Definitely adding to our dinner rotation

  17. Made this tonight with Trader Joe’s andouille sausage. Tastes really good, although I nearly quadrupled the amount of the seasoning! If youre like me and love strong flavor and spice, I definitely recommend giving it another hearty spoonful or two of the seasoning.

  18. This recipe is so easy to make yet it looks and tasted like it took hours to prepare. The Cajun seasoning recipe is wonderful. I can’t wait to try pork chops!

  19. AMAZING! This is our new favorite recipe. So easy and delicious at that. I double the sauce recipe to match with a whole box of pasta and it is just so yummy. Thank you for this keeper!

  20. Any good ideas on how to reheat leftovers? My husband reheated the leftovers in the microwave at work, and the sauce separated. It looked like a big pool of grease. It was still yummy, he just avoided the grease.

    1. When I reheat cream based sauces, I add extra liquid and go low and slow on the stovetop so it doesn’t separate. It definitely takes more time, but is worth it.

  21. Love the simplicity of this recipe! I added some Johnny’s seasoning salt at the end since it wasn’t quite as flavorful as I wanted, but I used tofurky kielbasa so a good smoked sausage probably would have added that extra kick. It really separated something fierce when reheated but was still tasty. Overall I would make it again because it’s so EASY, but will add some red bell pepper and more seasoning next time 🙂

  22. I’m not a fan of Cajun anything. Being from ranching country in Canada I’m not used to flavouring foods with those spices.
    Can anyone recommend a substitute seasoning?

    1. Try some ranch or maybe once you have it good and hot some shredded cheddar omit parm or not. Or you couldcook some garlic and then add it. I would probably ad areg can of diced tomatoes to either mixture

    2. It’s your kitchen and no one will know what you do there!

      However, I’ll encourage you to try it the way it’s given. It’s not that hot and it is very tasty. Just because you’re from Canada doesn’t mean you can’t try new things!

    3. Someone commented that they used old bay, which is an east coast seafood style seasoning with good results. You want to find something with salt and flavors that compliment the type of sausage you are using. For example, Costco has a caprese chicken sausage that could be used with this, but I’d use Italian spices rather than cajun. Cajun or Andouille style sausage calls for the cajun spice mix.

  23. Fantastic recipe! Only complaint is there were no leftovers lol! This will become a family staple for sure. Thanks!

    1. This was amazing! Like top ten recipes for dinner ever. I added some scallions and orange bell pepper. Will definitely make this again. I love your recipes!

    1. I haven’t, but you can certainly try it. You may need to add a little flour or cornstarch if the sauce doesn’t thicken.

  24. This was so good!! Perfect flavors with a noce kock, great for a hearty dinner on any night and suoer quick and easy. I added some garlic to the meat and sautéed for about a minute before adding the cream!

  25. Love this recipe- have made it several times with the addition of spinach— we love this meal! Thank-you!

  26. I make this recipe often, but I add Slap Ya Mamma Cajun seasoning, lawrys seasoned salt, salt & pepper, annnnd SHRIMP! Literally so dang good

  27. Just made this tonight using campanelle pasta and it was just outstanding and beautiful! Doubling for company next week!Brussels sprouts were a great side with it too!

  28. i used roger wood lumber jack spicy smoked sausage and added a lot of cayenne pepper powder, some additional paprika, and a little bit of tony chacheres (i don't think this one made a difference), because i wanted a spicy version of this, and it was great. i also used some more parmesan cheese, because i love parmesan cheese.

  29. i used roger wood lumber jack spicy smoked sausage and added a lot of cayenne pepper powder, some additional paprika, and a little bit of tony chacheres (i don't think this one made a difference), because i wanted a spicy version of this, and it was great. i also used some more parmesan cheese, because i love parmesan cheese.

  30. I made this for dinner the other night and it was awesome! I used andouille sausage and penne pasta. Not only was it fantastic when I made it, the left overs were even better 🙂

  31. I needed a quick and easy recipe for dinner last night, and this was it. It was fantastic! A keeper for sure. Thanks!

  32. This is soooo good! Have made several times!! Question…would this also work if I just used chicken instead?

  33. Awesome recipe! I added in some diced tomatoes and spinach for some extra veggies, and it tasted amazing! Not too spicy, but just enough kick. Thanks for my new go-to pasta recipe!

  34. Inspired me… But I made a chicken & sausage Cajun Alfredo with pepper strips, onions, and mushrooms. Thanks for the dinner idea!

      1. I plan to use premade Ragú Classic Alfredo sauce, Hillshire Smoked Cajun Andouille Sausage, and Penne Pasta with your Cajun/Creole Seasoning tomorrow night for my picky eater. He will likely sprinkle parmesan over top.

  35. Just served this for lunch. Husband and I both thoroughly enjoyed this and decided it was a keeper recipe. The color of mine wasn't as appealing as yours, but that did not deter the meal at all. Many thanks.

      1. I made this for dinner tonight with bowtie pasta. It made a perfect amount for my husband and me for dinner, plus enough for him to take for lunch tomorrow. It was different in a good way! We both love smoked sausage and my husband adores anything Cajun! Will definitely be making this again! Thanks for the great recipe!

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