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

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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

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

  • Melt butter in pan over medium; add garlic and cook until it just begins to brown, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes. Add half-and-half and cream cheese; bring to a simmer, whisking constantly until smooth. Remove from heat and 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.

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

Nutrition Facts

1023 calories; protein 38.4g; carbohydrates 56.8g; fat 72.5g; cholesterol 154.4mg; sodium 1690.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (43)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2018
Very nice recipe - ingredients are easy to substitute if needed. I love the pasta! I hadn t ever made it before. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/21/2019
Way too rich!! Used 1/4 of the pesto the recipe called for. Didn t make sense to cook the pasta first as it made it difficult to mix it all together afterwards. Read More
58 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 41
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2018
Very nice recipe - ingredients are easy to substitute if needed. I love the pasta! I hadn t ever made it before. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2019
Great basic recipe. Easy to adapt to your taste preferences. I used Polish sausage because that's what I had and used light cream cheese along with subbing evaporated milk for the half and half. If you don't like mushrooms it's easy to use another veg such as chopped bell peppers broccoli etc. This is a keeper. On 5/23/19 I made this again. This time I added some sliced zucchini and yellow squash that I kept firm since we prefer veggies that way. I also cut some calories by using 2% milk. With all the cheese olive oil and butter it still tasted rich. It was excellent and since I like having one pot meals this will remain a keeper. Next time I might try with some shrimp. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/13/2020
Really good and easy to prepare. I had never made a white sauce with cream cheese before and I was very pleased. It was easy to put together and thickened up nicely. I will definitely be making it again soon! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2020
This was amazing. I didn't think my family would like the Pesto topping so I mixed a few tablespoons into the pasta right before serving. Otherwise I made this recipe exactly as written. My husband (who claims he doesn't like Pesto) said it was the best pasta he's ever had. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/14/2019
Was really good. Might add peas next time. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/27/2019
Pasta dishes are yummy comfort food and this one scores! I used linguini and didn t add the pasta to the sauce choosing to spoon it over the pasta instead. Since I m cooking for one doing that is better if you have leftovers. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/18/2019
Unexpectedly delicious! Didn't change a thing and everybody loved it even the most finicky children. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2019
OMG! It was the BEST pasta dish I have ever made! I'm not crazy about alot of leftover's but I've been eating them for 3 days!! I loved it! Thanks so much!:) Read More
Rating: 3 stars
02/17/2019
Tasted very salty the night I made it and it seemed like too many flavors overall with the pesto. The leftovers I committed to pack in my lunch the next few days were delicious- no pesto on the leftovers and the smokey not salty taste of the sausage was delicious. Cream sauce really held up to microwave reheating. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
07/21/2019
Way too rich!! Used 1/4 of the pesto the recipe called for. Didn t make sense to cook the pasta first as it made it difficult to mix it all together afterwards. Read More
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