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Creamy Sausage Pasta with Bacon


An easy family-pleasing dinner, this creamy cheesy pasta with sausage and crispy bacon can be ready, on the table, in 20 minutes. A fantastic comfort food dinner using simple everyday ingredients.
I’ve been making and eating this for 30 years!

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Sometimes you just need a large bowl of creamy, cheesy pasta with chunky bites of salty meat.
Nothing else. No salad ‘to make it healthy’, no hidden veggies. Just all the calorific goodness. Utter comfort food.

I’m sure treating yourself to a dinner like this once in a while does your soul a bit of good anyway 😋

📋 What do we need?

Ingredients for creamy sausage pasta recipe on a wooden table.
  • Pasta – use your favourite type of pasta shapes. I’m using fusilli, but I often use spirali or penne.
  • Sausages – go for food quality plain pork sausage – nice fat ones, so you can slice them into nice chunky pieces.
    • You can replace with your favourite sausage if you like, but i’d stay clear of unusual ingredient sausages (like pork & apple, or super herby sausages).
  • Bacon – I like to use smoked streaky bacon
  • Cheese – a nice strong cheddar for the best flavour.
  • Cream – go for double (heavy) cream for a lovely rich, sauce.
  • Onion – we’re going to fry the onions in the bacon fat. Because It would be ridiculous not to.

📺 Watch how to make it

Full recipe with detailed steps in the recipe card at the end of this post.

  1. Cook the sausages in the oven and boil the pasta as per the pack instructions.
  2. Dry-fry the bacon in a hot frying pan, then remove from the pan and chop up.
  3. There should now be some bacon fat left in the pan. Add a little more oil to it, then fry the onions in the bacon fat.
  4. Drain the pasta (reserving a cup of the cooking water) and add the pasta to the pan with the onions.
  5. Add the cheese and cream and stir together until the cheese melts.
  6. Chop the sausages and add to the pan with the bacon. Stir together, adding a little of the pasta cooking water to loosen up the sauce.
  7. Serve immediately.

👩‍🍳PRO TIP Don’t need to add salt to this dish because we have the saltiness from the bacon, cheese and sausage.

Top with a little fresh parsley, just to show willing with a little bit of green 😁

Pan filled with creamy pasta with sausage and bacon.

Eat whilst wearing pyjamas and thick socks, sat in front of the TV.

creamy pasta with sausage and bacon topped with parsley in a white bowl on a wooden background.

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Creamy Sausage Pasta with Bacon

An easy family-pleasing dinner, this creamy cheesy pasta with sausage and crispy bacon can be ready, on the table, in 20 minutes. A fantastic comfort food dinner using simple everyday ingredients.

Prep Time 5 mins

Cook Time 15 mins

Total Time 20 mins

Course Dinner

Cuisine British

Servings 4 -6 people

Calories 770 kcal

INSTRUCTIONS 

  • Preheat the oven to 200C/400F

  • Place the sausages on a baking sheet and place in the oven to cook for approx 20 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through. Then remove from the oven and place on a chopping board.

  • Meanwhile, cook the pasta in boiling water as per the cooking instructions, until al dente, then drain in a colander, reserving about a cup of the pasta cooking water.

  • While the pasta and sausages are cooking place a large frying pan over a medium heat to heat up.

  • Once hot, place the bacon in the pan and cook for about 5-6 minutes, turning once during cooking, until browned and crispy. Remove from the pan and place on a chopping board.

  • Add the tablespoon of oil to the bacon fat that’s already in the frying pan.

  • Add the onion to the pan and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often, until the onion has softened.

  • By now the pasta should be ready (remember to save a cup of the pasta water when draining the pasta). Add the drained pasta to the frying pan with the onion.

  • Add the cheese, cream and pepper to the pan and stir together with the pasta until the cheese has melted.

  • Slice the cooked sausages and bacon on the chopping board and add to the pan with the pasta.

  • Stir everything together.

  • If you want to loosen the sauce slightly, add splashes of the pasta cooking water until the sauce is thinned to your liking.

  • Transfer the pasta to bowls and serve topped with fresh parsley and a little more black pepper if you like.

✎ Notes

Additions
Want to add in some vegetables? Add frozen peas to the pan with the pasta for the last minute of cooking the pasta. Add mushrooms, chopped chunks of peppers or courgette (zucchini) to the pan when you’re frying the onions.
Can I make it ahead?
I don’t recommend making this dish ahead as it loses its creaminess upon reheating, and the oils from the cheese can make the dish taste more oily.
However..
I do love this dish served cold as a pasta salad. So if you wanted to make it ahead for that (or save any leftovers for lunch the next day), then that will work great. 
Just be sure to quickly cool and cover the dish and refrigerate. It should keep in the fridge for up to two days.

Ingredient swaps

  • Swap the bacon for chorizo
  • Leave out the bacon and swap the sausage for vegetarian sausages for a vegetarian version.
  • Add veggies such as peas, mushrooms or spinach.
  • Swap out quarter of the cheddar for mozzarella if you wanted some stretchy cheese in there.

Nutritional information is approx, per serving, based on 6 servings.
If you’re dividing into 4 portions instead of 6, it will be 1155 calories per serving. I didn’t say it was a light recipe 😁

Nutrition

Calories: 770kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 28gFat: 49gSaturated Fat: 21gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 129mgSodium: 734mgPotassium: 439mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 863IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 228mgIron: 2mg

Keywords Comfort Food, creamy pasta

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