Creamy Pasta Toss with Smoked Sausage


Comfort food gets a flavorful upgrade with seared rope smoked sausage in this delicious pasta recipe, in partnership with Hillshire Farm Brand.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 (8 ounce) package uncooked pappardelle pasta

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 (12 ounce) package Hillshire Farm Rope Smoked Sausage, cut into 1/2" coins

  • 1 (8 ounce) package sliced cremini mushrooms

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • 1 ¼ cups half-and-half

  • 1 (4 ounce) package cream cheese

  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • ½ cup refrigerated prepared pesto

  • cup thinly sliced basil


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking water.

  2. Heat olive oil in a large high-sided skillet over medium-high. Add sausage and mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 6 minutes. Remove to a plate; carefully wipe the skillet clean as it may be hot.

  3. Melt butter in the same skillet over medium heat; cook garlic in hot butter, stirring occasionally, until garlic just begins to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Add half-and-half and cream cheese; bring to a simmer, whisking constantly until smooth.

  4. Remove the skillet from heat. Stir in 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper until smooth. Add pasta and sausage mixture; toss to coat. Thin sauce with reserved pasta water if necessary.

  5. Serve in shallow bowls topped with pesto, basil, and remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1023 Calories
73g Fat
57g Carbs
38g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 1023
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 73g 93%
Saturated Fat 31g 154%
Cholesterol 154mg 51%
Sodium 1690mg 73%
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 5mg 25%
Calcium 573mg 44%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 406mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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