Sausage Fettuccine Recipe
I’ve been making this Sausage Fettuccine Recipe for decades. Creamy sauce plus spicy sausage and vegetables make for pure comfort food.
This twist on a Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe with the addition of sausage, mushrooms, and peppers makes for a marvelous, easy dinner dish!
Why You Must Make
- If you love a fettuccine alfredo recipe, you’ll love this loaded version with sausage, vegetables, and a rich cream sauce.
- It’s easy enough for a weeknight dinner, yet tasty enough for company.
- You can lighten it up a bit by using half and half instead of heavy cream and up the amount of vegetables!
When I had a toddler and a newborn at home many years ago, I found much pleasure in watching cooking shows on TV. This was way before Food Network. In fact, I think PBS was the only station offering any sort of cooking show. There was the Cajun Cook, Justin Wilson, Julia Child, and then a mystery show from which I ordered recipe cards. I remember nothing of the hosts or format. I’m certain colicky #2 caused some selective memory loss.
The top of the cards read: Food for Entertainment, and I’ve been making a version of this sausage pepper mushroom fettuccine for decades now. Of course, when I started, 2 cups of heavy cream wasn’t such a concern…but every couple of years, I dig out the notecard and treat us to this delicious indulgence.
- Olive Oil – I use extra virgin olive oil
- Mild Italian Sausages – May use spicy Italian sausage, too.
- Bell Peppers – Use one color or a variety
- Onion – Yellow or white work well
- Mushrooms – Button mushrooms or any favorite mushroom variety
- Heavy Cream or Half and Half – Using half and half will lighten up the sauce, but it will be slightly less rich and creamy
- Fettuccine Noodles – Any pasta shape will work
- Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper – Kosher salt and use a pepper grinder if available
- Parmesan Cheese – Freshly grated, not from a can
There are a few ways to streamline your prep and execution of this pasta for an easy weeknight dinner. This easy pasta recipe takes just about 30 minutes to throw together; perfect for busy weeknights. Very similar to a fettuccine alfredo recipe, but with the bonus of healthy peppers and mushrooms to make the indulgence a little less caloric.
- Get your pasta water boiling, then start sauteing your sausage while cutting up the peppers and onions.
- Add salt to the pasta water after it starts boiling. The water should taste as salty as seawater to flavor the pasta properly.
- Buy pre-sliced mushrooms to cut down on prep work. You can also check the salad bar to see if they have sliced peppers to purchase.
- Multi-task by reducing the cream during the 10-minute sausage browning time.
With a little organization, you can have this elegant meal on your table in no time. Round out your meal with bread or rolls, a green vegetable, and a tossed salad.
- Serve with a crusty loaf of bread and you’re set. Garlic Bread would also be delicious.
- Roasted Green Beans
- Sauteed Broccoli
- Green Salad
What’s your go-to easy dinner recipe? We also love this Chicken Piccata recipe! Check out all the Pasta Recipes in the Recipe Index.
Frequently Asked Questions
Fettuccine is the name given to thin flat egg noodles that measure about 3/4-inch wide.
Besides Alfredo sauce, other smooth sauces like Vodka or Carbonara sauce work well. It’s also delicious with Bolognese sauce or a simple basil pesto sauce.
Known as the most unhealthy pasta dish, the Alfredo sauce is full of saturated fats. The butter, heavy cream, and Parmesan cheese are all high in calories and fat.
It’s OK to eat occasionally, but take a small portion and load your plate with healthier side dishes.
Sausage, Pepper, Mushroom Fettuccine
Adapted from an old PBS series, Food for Entertainment, this comforting pasta with a cream sauce, spicy sausage, bell peppers and mushrooms makes a delectable entree.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pound mild Italian sausages, cut into slices (I used 4 links)
- 4 bell peppers, red, yellow and orange, cut into quarter-inch slices
- 1 medium onion, cut in half and sliced
- 12 ounces of mushrooms, sliced
- 2 cups heavy cream or half and half
- 1 pound fettuccine
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and add sausage, peppers, and onions. Cook for 3-4 minutes, then add mushrooms.
- Cook another couple minutes, then reduce heat and cook for about 10 minutes more till mushrooms and sausage are both browned. Drain any juices to ensure better browning. Set aside.
- Put cream or half and half into a saucepan and cook till reduced by half.
- Cook fettuccine in well-salted water and drain.
- Reheat sausage mixture if needed then toss with pasta in a large bowl. Add cream and Parmesan and toss. Season with salt and pepper if necessary.
- Serve with additional Parmesan cheese.
Use mild or spicy Italian sausage.
Use half and half to reduce the calories slightly.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 812Total Fat: 60gSaturated Fat: 29gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 148mgSodium: 942mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 4gSugar: 11gProtein: 28g
19 Comments on “Sausage Fettuccine Recipe”
I love Italian sausage, and I love that it comes in bulk now, instead of the links. This is a great recipe with the shrooms. A perfect pasta.
Juicy sausage, sweet peppers, earthy mushrooms, and rich creamy sauce – that’s right up my street. Absolutely delicious!
Oh how I wish I had a plate of this right now! Sounds like a great meal, and perfect for a blustery night like this:@)
At first I thought it was dry pasta….but, no….just the best creamy cream! Yummy!
I remember watching Justin Wilson and think I still have one of his cookbooks. Love this dish, so warming and filling this time of year.
Happy new year dear Lizzy!!
It looks like the perfect meal for weekdays and weekends as well. Happy New Year, Liz!
Love the colourful treat, Liz! Bet you must be busy in the kitchen. Happy 2015 to you & may you have a wonderful new year, dear! Well, I’m back in action & resuming my blog hopping now. So glad to be back blogging ^_^
A simple yet fantastic meal, Liz.
What a lovely meal. After all the fancy food we’ve all eaten during the silly season, I’m ready for plain comfort food.
I love this fettuccine, perfect for a busy weeknight. Happy New Year, Liz!
2 cups of heavy cream as an ingredient for pasta would certainly have caught my attention too Liz! It still does! This must be a new keeper for me! Happy New Year in New Zealand (WOW!), coming at ya from Palm Beach! Nice to be warmer, huh?
This dish looks great. I love sausage and peppers with anything. My hubby would love it too.
Have a Happy New Year!
The Hubs would love this. Thanks for taking me down memory lane. Haven’t thought about Justin Wilson in years! Water is really important, especially this time of year! Happy New Yer, Liz.
Drinking plenty of water is really important, but sometimes I don’t feel like drinking water nor
any other drink, especially in the winter.
Thanks for the tip!
This looks nice. I just any dish that contains some sort of pasta.
I do love these sorts of meals that can be whipped up in no time. Happy New Year to you and all your family. I think I remember the days when there weren’t any cooking shows on TV! xx
I remeber two of those shows LIz but not Food for Entertainment. Oh my those were the days of food shows weren’t they, lol…We eat a lot of sausage and peppers around here usually over rice or noodles. I like the way you have “dolled” this dish up. I’ll have to surprise Marion one night with fettuccine! Thanks for sharing, Liz…
Happy, Healthy, Prosperous New Year wishes coming your way!!! Be safe and have FUN!!!
A very colorful and tasty meal! Happy New Year Liz:@)