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Spicy Italian Sausage Pasta

This spicy Italian sausage pasta is fast, easy, and uses minimal ingredients. It's the perfect weeknight dinner that tastes like it came from a restaurant!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword spicy Italian sausage pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Natasha Bull


  • 8 ounces uncooked penne
  • 10.6 ounces hot Italian sausages crumbled (see note)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth or white wine
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon flour
  • 1 (14 fluid ounce) can diced tomatoes with juices
  • 1/2 cup heavy/whipping cream
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 6 large leaves basil sliced/torn into small pieces
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta al dente according to package directions.

  2. Take the sausage meat out of the casings and crumble it into a deep skillet. Cook it for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, over medium-high heat until browned.

  3. Once the sausage is browned, take it out of the pan and set it aside. Drain the fat.

  4. Add the chicken broth and garlic to the skillet. Sprinkle the flour in. Whisk it until the flour has dissolved, and scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook this mixture until it's significantly reduced (should only take a minute or two in total).

  5. Add in the tomatoes, cream, and the sausage meat. Cook the sauce for a few more minutes until it's thickened to your liking. Season with salt & pepper as needed.

  6. Just prior to serving, add in the torn basil leaves and then toss with the drained pasta. Serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Recipe Notes