Creamy Sausage Bowtie Pasta


Pasta tops the list for me and my family when it comes to our favorite type of meal. The kids love any buttered noodle and I love the warm comfort food feeling it always gives. Pasta is so very versatile and adapts to almost any combination of sauce, meat, and veggie. We had Italian sausage in a pasta dish recently and loved it. It was sweet but spicy in all the right ways. I decided right away to create my own combo of flavors to go along with it.

You can choose any of your favorite green veggies here – peppers, broccoli, cabbage – that you think your family would like the most. Meaning… which vegetable your kids will actually EAT!

This recipe can be made GLUTEN and DAIRY free! Simply use gluten free noodles and either nutritional yeast or dairy free cheese in place of the bowties and parmesan.

Creamy Sausage Bowtie Pasta

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Recipe by Chelsea Course: MainCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Medium


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  • 6 oz bowtie pasta (about half a box)

  • 1 lb mild Italian sausage

  • 1 bunch asparagus, chopped into bite sized pieces

  • 1 cup starchy pasta water

  • 1 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes (more if you desire)

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan


  • Cook pasta according to directions and drain, saving one cup of starchy pasta water. Set aside.
  • Brown Italian sausage in a pan. When about halfway cooked, add minced garlic and asparagus to the sausage. Cook until tender.
  • Add the cup of pasta water to the sausage mixture, stir to combine.
  • Stir in red pepper flakes and parmesan cheese until combined.
  • Add bowtie pasta to the pan and fold in until all ingredients are mixed. Serve immediately.


  • To make this recipe GLUTEN FREE, use gluten free bowtie pasta.
  • To make this recipe DAIRY FREE, use nutritional yeast or dairy free parmesan.

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