Cajun Sausage Pasta

Creamy and cheesy with smoked sausage nestled in pasta and accented with fire roasted tomatoes make this one pot Cajun Sausage Pasta recipe delicious!

Close up cheesy, creamy and perfectly seasoned cajun sausage pasta on a stack of white plates with a fork resting behind the dish.

Creamy Cajun Sausage Pasta Recipe

Trending on Tiktok as Cajun Pasta with Sausage, this meal starts with a base recipe that is enjoyable for the picky eaters in our house. I love that this super popular recipe is made in one pot on the stove in under 30 minutes.

The base of roasted tomatoes blooms and is perfectly complimented by cheddar cheese and the smoky flavors with bowtie pasta. This dish reminds us of the tomato undertones in our Shrimp Jambalaya. You can easily use half sausage and half cooked shrimp in this recipe for another variation.

Several different flavors blend very well together from the savory, smoky, browned sausage, cheese and cream give it depth and tomatoes add a natural sweetness that is very enjoyable. Like our one pot Sausage Jambalaya it’s always nice to add more easy meals to the menu.

Tender cooked bow tie pasta with a creamy sauce made from whipping cream, diced tomatoes and cheddar cheese with pieces of sausage generously spread around and cajun seasoning accenting the one skillet meal on a red and white plaid napkin.

Cajun seasoning is not have to be spicy and has a bit more depth than a regular seasoned salt. I don’t enjoy spicy food and I crave this creamy cajun sausage pasta recipe.

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Why This Recipe Works:

  • This one pot recipe saves time and dishes and is easy to make quickly on a week night.
  • Simple ingredients that store well for a couple weeks come together to make an amazing meal.
  • The meat and pasta combo is popular with kids and adults and tastes like it’s restaurant quality.
  • Leftovers freeze and reheat well.
  • There are many options to customize this recipe and change the flavor profile to fit your preference.
Fork full of pasta and a coin of smoked sausage ready to be scooped off the plate full of cajun pasta with the pot full in the background.

Ingredients Needed:

  • Smoked Sausage – Cut into coins or bite sized pieces and browned on each side. Kielbasa or Andouille sausage substitute well if you prefer those flavors.
  • Bow Tie Pasta – also known as farfelle is our favorite pasta, but penne, rigatoni, orecchiette or rotini pasta will also work great.
  • Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes – We found a couple different brands, but not every tomato company makes this newer product. These add a nice charred or grilled flavor. Regular diced tomatoes in juice can work too.
  • Whipping Cream – We use a small amount to add creaminess, but I’m often tempted to add more because we love the rich flavor.
  • Chicken Broth – add more flavor to the liquid the pasta absorbs while cooking than plain water.
  • Cajun Seasoning – our favorite mixture of mild spices, you substitute for your favorite seasonings.
  • Onion & Garlic – add an earthy depth to the dish.
  • Cheddar Cheese – sticks to the noodles at the end for a wonderful finishing touch.
Ingredients needed to make cajun sausage pasta are chicken broth, smoked sausage, cheddar cheese, can of fire roasted diced tomatoes, minced garlic, whipping cream, cajun seasoning, onion and bowtie pasta on a wooden counter top.

Garlic lovers will swoon over this meal served with cheesy bread made on Hawaiian Rolls.

Is This Recipe Spicy?

The core ingredients in this recipe are mild and combine to make a very flavorful dish that is not spicy.

If you want to make this recipe spicy do so by adding more spices like red pepper flakes and Andouille sausage.

Andouille has meat particles that are a little bigger due to a coarser grinding method. Another distinction in Andouille sausage or Cajun sausage is the herbs and spices used to make a stronger, spicer flavor profile.

How to Make Cajun Pasta with Sausage

Cut smoked sausage into coins or bite sized pieces.

Add a couple tablespoons of vegetable oil to a large skillet. Heat the skillet and oil over medium high heat for 3 – 4 minutes.

Add sausage and cover. I like to chop the onion while the sausage is browning.

Coins of smoked sausage browning in a saute pan.

Stir every couple minutes until the pieces of sausage are browned on both sides. Remember brown is not just a color, it’s a flavor. So take the time if possible to add some extra flavor in the form of browning to the meat.

Have an extra plate ready and when meat is brown set aside on the extra plate.

There should be a little bit of oil remaining from the cooking the sausage. Add the chopped onions to this oil and cook over medium high heat for 3 – 4 minutes.

Tender chopped onions and mined garlic in a non-stick saute pan

Then add garlic, stir and continue to sauté until both ingredients are tender.

Add the chicken broth, heavy cream and a can of fire roasted tomatoes.

Can of Hunts Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes over top a skillet with them added to a creamy broth base.

Season with salt, pepper and cajun seasoning or your favorite spices.

I like to use my Swiss Diamond saute pan with high sides. Being able to make the entire box of pasta in the one pan helps save dishes and time.

Cajun seasoning, salt and pepper to season the creamy base mixture to cook pasta in.

Stir the ingredients together and then pour in pasta. Be very gentle while stirring a little bit.

Box of barilla farfalle pasta or bow tie pasta over top of a skillet with the raw pasta poured on top of the liquid.

Cover and cook for about 15 minutes over medium heat stirring occasionally until the pasta is tender.

Do a taste test of a couple pieces of pasta before removing from the heat.

Once pasta is tender stir in shredded cheddar cheese.

Close up browned coins of Kielbasa sausage poured back into cajun cooked pasta ready to be stirred in and eaten.

Then stir in browned sausage.

Serve warm right out of the skillet and enjoy!

Over head view of skillet full of warm and cheesy Cajun Pasta Sausage recipe from tiktok.

What Other Types of Pasta Work?

Any type of short pasta will work great! We typically use bowtie or farfelle, penne, but rigatoni, orecchiette or rotini pasta will also work fine.

Recipe Tips & Tricks

  • Smoked sausage or Kielbasa can be sliced and onion can be chopped ahead of time for meal prep.
  • If using fresh tomatoes add a half a cup of chicken broth so the pasta has enough liquid to cook in.
  • If you don’t have a large skillet then two smaller skillets or a larger dutch oven will work fine.
  • Fire roasted diced tomatoes are common, but if unavailable regular diced tomatoes will work too.
  • We love adding slices of bell peppers and mushrooms to create a variation of this recipe – add these veggies in and sauté until tender while softening the onions.
Fire roasted tomatoes and browned coins of sausage perch on a plate full of tikitok cajun pasta that is seasoned well to be delicious with a fork leaning on the plate and a skillet and second plate full in the back ground.

More Easy Family Meals:

Chicken Cobbler with Reb Lobster Biscuit Mix is another one dish tiktok sensation that is super popular.

Ground Beef and Tortellini Skillet makes an easy and flavorful skillet meal.

BBQ Kielbasa tastes so good as an appetizer on toothpicks of makes easy sandwiches with smoked sausage coated in BBQ sauce.

One Pot Sausage & Peppers Pasta uses a different type of sausage and creates a flavorful meal.

Over head view of plate with bowtie pasta generously coated with a creamy and cheesy sauce, with pieces of tomato and smoked sausage nestled in the tender pasta.

Cajun Sausage Pasta

Servings 6 servings
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
Creamy and cheesy with smoked sausage nestled in pasta and accented with fire roasted tomatoes this one pot Cajun Sausage Pasta is delicious!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 26 ounces Smoked sausage
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup white onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 14.5 ounce can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound bow tie pasta
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon parsley optional

Instructions
 

  • Slice smoked sausage into coins.
    26 ounces Smoked sausage
  • In a sauté pan with deep sides or in a dutch oven heat vegetable oil over medium high heat and brown the smoked sausage on both sides. Set aside on a seperate plate.
    2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Add onion to the pan and sauté for 3 – 4 minutes, add garlic and sauté until tender.
    1/2 cup white onion, 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • Add chicken broth, whipping cream and undrained fire roasted tomatoes.
    2 1/2 cups chicken broth, 1/2 cup whipping cream, 14.5 ounce can fire roasted tomatoes
  • Season with salt, cajun seasoning and pepper. Stir well.
    1 teaspoon kosher salt, 2 teaspoons cajun seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Add uncooked box of bow tie pasta and stir gently. Cover and cook over medium high heat for 14 – 16 minutes until pasta is tender.
    1 pound bow tie pasta
  • Stir browned smoked sausage into the pasta.
  • Remove from heat and stir in cheese just before serving.
    2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Garnish with parsley if desired and enjoy!
    1 teaspoon parsley

Nutrition

Calories: 943kcalCarbohydrates: 66gProtein: 36gFat: 59gSaturated Fat: 24gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 149mgSodium: 2156mgPotassium: 509mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1276IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 336mgIron: 3mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I wouldn’t consider this “Cajun” but it is absolutely delicious!

  2. 5 stars
    So delicious! I only had one package of smoked sausage so I added in an about a lb of chicken breast seasoned with Slap Ya Mama and it made it bulkier! So tasty! Thank you!

  3. Laura Lovegrove says:

    5 stars
    I added a blackened chicken breast we had left over and a smidge of smoked paprika, chili powder and cumin to the slap yo mama Cajun seasonings. Also added a sliced red pepper! Holy COW THIS WAS A ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  4. 5 stars
    This recipe was delicious I didn’t have fire roasted tomatoes so I added a can of rotel and it turned out great!

  5. 5 stars
    This recipe is my favorite pasta recipe that I have on my Pinterest. My only issue is that I can’t stop eating it once I start. Love this recipe! <3

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