Chicken Sausage Alfredo Pasta

 Chicken Sausage Alfredo Pasta is delicious chicken sausage with baby spinach & mushrooms in a decadent & light Alfredo sauce.  Ready in under 1 hour and a kid friendly recipe!

 

Chicken Sausage Alfredo Pasta is delicious chicken sausage with baby spinach & mushrooms in a decadent & light Alfredo sauce. Ready in under 1 hour and a kid friendly recipe!

 

What’s your go-to comfort food?  It varies from person to person, and for me, my choice of comfort food depends on the day.  Some days my comfort food is tacos, other days it could be a big salad.  Sometimes I have cravings for pasta and there’s nothing more comforting than a big bowl of cheesy pasta.  My Chicken Sausage Alfredo Pasta is the perfect bowl of comfort food to cure your cheese and pasta craving.  Delicious lean chicken sausage mixed with fresh spinach and mushrooms coated in a decadent yet healthy alfredo sauce.  Dinner ready in just under 1 hour that the whole family will love!

My kids love pasta.  I mean, I’m sure most kids do.  I’m always trying to think of new and unique ways to serve pasta that’s for both the grown ups, and the two toddlers in my house.  This Skillet Chicken Sausage Alfredo Pasta is just the cure for this need.  Rigatoni noodles coated in a delicious homemade alfredo sauce mixed with baby spinach and sautéed mushrooms… Sounds delicious, right?!

 

To make the alfredo sauce, heat a skillet over medium low heat for a few minutes then add butter.  Let the butter melt and add minced garlic.  Slowly add in the flour and cook for 1 minute, whisking continuously.  Once the flour has cooked, slowly add milk and broth, whisking continuously.  One trick to getting the perfect roux (with no clumps), is to microwave the milk and broth before adding to the hot skillet of butter.  Season the sauce with pepper, reduce heat to simmer, and let cook for about 3 minutes to thicken the sauce.  Last, add the parmesan cheese and cook for another couple minutes until thick.

   

 

Healthy Alfredo Sauce

 

For this recipe, I use rigatoni pasta, but you could also use rotini pasta or even shells!  Just cook the pasta according to the package instructions.  While the pasta is cooking, cook the chicken sausage according to the package instructions.  You can use any chicken sausage you like!  Remove the sausage from the skillet and set aside to cool.  To the same skillet, add a little bit of olive oil and heat over medium heat.  Add mushrooms and let cook for another 10 minutes.  Then add baby spinach cook until the spinach has wilted.  Lastly, add pasta, alfredo sauce and mix until all ingredients are well combined.

 

 

Chicken Sausage Alfredo Pasta is the perfect bowl of comfort food to cure your cheese and pasta craving.  Delicious lean chicken sausage mixed with fresh spinach and mushrooms coated in a decadent yet healthy alfredo sauce.  Dinner ready in just under 1 hour that the whole family will love!

 

 

And here’s how I serve this meal to my kids, because seeing a picture of a kids plate of food is just the cutest!

 

Kid friendly alfredo recipe

 

I hope you enjoy these bites of flavor!

Chicken Sausage Alfredo Pasta

Chicken Sausage Alfredo Pasta

Chicken Sausage Alfredo Pasta is the perfect bowl of comfort food to cure your cheese and pasta craving.  Delicious lean chicken sausage mixed with fresh spinach and mushrooms coated in a decadent yet healthy alfredo sauce.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 16 Ounces Rigatoni Pasta, (Or any other pasta you wish to choose)
  • 12 Ounces Chicken Sausage, (Any variety/flavor you wish to choose)
  • 1 Teaspoon Olive Oil
  • 16 Ounces Baby Bella Mushrooms, Chopped
  • 3 Cups Fresh Baby Spinach, Chopped
  • 1 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes, (Optional)

Alfredo Sauce Ingredients:

  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Tablespoons Light Butter
  • 1 Cup Skim or Low Fat Milk
  • 1 Cup Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 2 Tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoons Fresh Cracked Pepper
  • 3/4 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese

Instructions
 

  • Cook pasta according to package.
  • Cook chicken sausage according to package. Set aside to cool, then slice into small bites.
  • Make alfredo sauce according to directions below. When alfredo sauce is done, set aside.
  • Mince garlic and set aside.
  • Slice mushrooms and set aside.
  • Chop spinach and set aside.
  • Heat large skillet over medium heat and add olive oil.
  • Add mushrooms and let cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add baby spinach and cook until spinach has wilted.
  • Add pasta and alfredo sauce mix well.
  • Turn off heat and garnish with grated parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes (if using).

Alfredo Sauce Directions:

  • Add milk and broth to a microwave safe measuring bowl and microwave for 2 minutes. Set aside.
  • Heat a skillet on medium low heat and add butter. Let butter melt slightly then add garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Slowly add flour and cook for 1 minutes, whisk continuously.
  • Slowly add milk and broth, whisking continuously to thicken up the sauce.
  • Season with pepper.
  • Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 3-4 minutes until sauce has thickened.
  • Add parmesan cheese and cook for a few minutes minutes, until thickened.

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36 Comments

  • Reply
    Divya
    March 7, 2017 at 5:01 pm I can't believe I can have alfredo sauce for only 9WW points! I love all the recipes you share - makes me feel like I don't have to deprive myself and still lose weight!
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      Kristine
      March 8, 2017 at 1:22 pm I know!! It's great to make a delicious sauce that's low in points. Thanks Divya!
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    Rose
    March 7, 2017 at 6:45 pm I love chicken sausage! This recipe sounds so good. I never make my own alfredo sauce, but I want to now! Rose recently posted...100 Healthy SnacksMy Profile
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      Kristine
      March 8, 2017 at 1:21 pm I love chicken sausage too! Great alternative to regular sausage. Thanks Rose!
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    Jaclyn Quinones
    March 7, 2017 at 9:37 pm this looks so yummy! Alfredo is like one of my favorite sauces! I could put it on everything haha
    • Reply
      Kristine
      March 8, 2017 at 1:21 pm Alfredo is good on everything!! Thanks Jaclyn!
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    rachel
    March 7, 2017 at 10:36 pm This looks and sounds delicious! I'm going to put it on my meal plan for next week! rachel recently posted...Pinterest Fun, Plans Gone Awry, + a (Long) Overdue Haircut // A Weekend Wrap UpMy Profile
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      Kristine
      March 8, 2017 at 1:20 pm Awesome! Let me know how the dish turns out Rachel!
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    Krista Nile
    March 8, 2017 at 8:24 am Oh my goodness that looks delicious!
    • Reply
      Kristine
      March 8, 2017 at 1:20 pm It really is! Thanks Krista!
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    Erika Ortega
    March 8, 2017 at 8:45 am Saving this! Looks delicious and easy enough to try and do myself. Can't wait to try it Erika Ortega recently posted...27 Truths for 27 YearsMy Profile
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      Kristine
      March 8, 2017 at 1:19 pm It totally is easy! Thanks Erika!
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    Kristin
    March 8, 2017 at 10:25 am Ohh this looks delicious!! I love any kind of pasta and am always looking for easy recipes! Kristin recently posted...Paw Patrol Gifts For Your Favorite PupMy Profile
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      Kristine
      March 8, 2017 at 1:19 pm This recipe is super easy to follow, and delicious! Thanks Kristin!
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    Aish Das-Padihari
    March 8, 2017 at 11:58 am This is way too delicious and even though I'm not a fan of Alfredo sauce, but this dish looks very inviting.
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    Kathy G
    March 8, 2017 at 12:43 pm This looks wonderful! But I must have gone blind. I see the directions for the alfredo sauce mentioning butter, milk, etc but do not see them in the ingredients list, specifying amounts. Where are they listed, please?
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      Kristine
      March 8, 2017 at 1:18 pm Oh goodness! My recipe card didn't save the alfredo sauce ingredients :( THANK YOU for catching that!!!!
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    Jacqueline Piper (PiperCooks.com)
    March 8, 2017 at 1:35 pm My favorite comfort food changes all the time too, I just love food, haha. Love Trader Joe's too, wish we had it here in Canada. Every year we visit either California of Florida for a month and I'm at Trader Joe's pretty much ever day. Love all the ingredients in this recipe!
    • Reply
      Kristine
      March 9, 2017 at 11:30 am It's such a great store :) I wish they were everywhere! Thank you so much Jacqueline :)
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    Krysten
    March 8, 2017 at 5:40 pm I love alfredo and I'm always looking for new ways to make it! This is amazing, especially since it can be made in a skillet!
    • Reply
      Kristine
      March 9, 2017 at 11:29 am I love skillet meals... less clean up! Thanks Krysten!!
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    Nicole
    March 8, 2017 at 7:54 pm Yum, this looks delicious! I love that you added chicken sausage to this, thanks for this.
    • Reply
      Kristine
      March 9, 2017 at 11:29 am Thanks Nicole! The chicken sausage is a nice twist on classic chicken alfredo.
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    Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy
    March 9, 2017 at 10:36 am This does sound like great comfort food. I don't eat a lot of alfredo sauces either. Chicken sausage is a great addition and totally delicious.
    • Reply
      Kristine
      March 9, 2017 at 11:29 am I love cooking with chicken sausage! Thanks Gloria :)
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    Marie-Pierre Breton
    March 9, 2017 at 11:05 am Whaaa? only 9 Weight watcher's points? I'll take a double portion easily then! Comfort food at its best!
    • Reply
      Kristine
      March 9, 2017 at 11:28 am I know! It's a great deal for only 9 points!
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    jacquee | i sugar coat it!
    March 9, 2017 at 11:59 pm love a good skillet bake!! that homemade alfredo sauce sounds like a plan for this weekend. here's to comfort food!! jacquee | i sugar coat it! recently posted...Coconut Matcha Ganache TartMy Profile
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      Kristine
      March 10, 2017 at 8:35 am Me too, skillet meals are the best!! Thanks so much Jacquee!
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    Gillian Thompson
    March 10, 2017 at 12:54 am That's an Inspired move to replace half of sauce milk with chicken broth. This recipe sounds yummy! :)
    • Reply
      Kristine
      March 10, 2017 at 8:34 am Adding the chicken broth helped to make this recipe a bit more Weight Watcher friendly. The dish has so much flavor, you can't even tell that it's "healthy"! Thanks Gillian!
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    Lynn | The Road to Honey
    March 12, 2017 at 11:40 am Comfort food for me is a big ol' bowl of tomato soup and some cheesy crackers. The soup warms my insides making me feel all warm and cozy and the cheesy crackers add that crunch and element of naughtiness. And like you, I tend to stay away from pasta because of the carbines of it. . .but it is the ultimate of comfort food and the hubby and I do splurge on it every now and then (yesterday as an example). But when I do eat it. . .I like if prepared with sausage. This one looks terrific and I like that you used the whole grain penne. Lynn | The Road to Honey recently posted...Guinness Irish Beef Stew Mini Pot PiesMy Profile
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      Kristine
      March 12, 2017 at 3:42 pm Oh, yeah that IS comforting Lynn... eating tomato soup makes me think of my grandmother :) Thanks so much for checking out this recipe!!
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    Derek | Dad With A Pan
    March 12, 2017 at 11:44 pm I love the prices on produce at Trader Joe's, it always blow my mind how much more I can get for my money there, and the quality is SO much better than big chains.
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      Kristine
      March 14, 2017 at 4:53 pm I'm glad to see there's another Trader Joes' fan out there! Thanks Derek!!

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