Skillet Meal: Sausage & Pepper Creole Alfredo

This sausage and red pepper dinner with creole alfredo sauce recipe will rock your recipe world. It can even be made gluten free and grain free!

Hectic weeknights call for easy and delicious dinners. This Sausage & Pepper Creole Alfredo will rock your dinner-world. It’s super easy to make, satisfying, and it can be made gluten free and grain free if needed. What else could be better than that? A big bowl of it of course!

Creole Alfredo - Sausage & Red Pepper bowl of goodness. Can be made gluten free and grain free

Last week, I went to New York and was gone for 5 days. That means, that upon my return, there are a lot of things that need to be done (both at home and in the office). This week, I am just trying to get back into the routine of things and making “winner” family meals. I hate to admit it but I am not in the mood to fight at the dinner table.

Dinner time is chaotic at my house. I am organized when it comes to food purchasing, making shopping lists, developing recipes, and making our school/work lunches… but not when it comes to dinner. I am dinner averse. The whole process is overwhelming and preparedness is key. Therefore, anytime I make a recipe that scores major points with the family it goes in my “winner” file (you’ll see most of them posted on this blog and more to come).

Creole Alfredo - Sausage & Red Pepper bowl of goodness. Can be made gluten free and grain free

Of course, if I find a recipe that has family appeal, can be made gluten and grain free… that is a bonus! I usually steam or sauté 1-2 zucchinis on the side, add a scoop of the sauce and sausage towards the end, and make my own grain free version of the same exact dish everyone else is eating.

I’ve also given up on boiling regular and gluten free pasta. I’ve found a gluten free pasta the entire family tolerates and I am going with that. Pasta is pasta, and the only time I make a regular version now is if my son isn’t around or my daughter wants raviolis.

Creole Alfredo - Sausage & Red Pepper bowl of goodness. Can be made gluten free and grain free

Anyways…. back to the recipe. My southern husband says it has all the creamy goodness of Alfredo plus the flavors of New Orleans. So… if he says it has all that… it’s good. The only ingredient you’ll need that is brand specific is Big and Zesty. That stuff is amazing. No, Zatarains is not paying me or sponsoring this post but we love that stuff. It’s amazing on everything! I buy it in bulk on Amazon and share it with my friends since it can be tough to find at the grocery.

easy creole alfredo recipe that will rock your dinnertime world!

Creamy Sausage & Pepper Alfredo

Creole Alfredo - Sausage & Red Pepper bowl of goodness. Can be made gluten free and grain free

This is a creamy and hearty dinner that comes together in 30 minutes or less!

  • Author: Laura Fuentes - SuperGlueMom
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: dinner
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Ingredients

  • 1 12oz package mini rotini pasta (see notes for gluten free and grain free options)
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 pound smoked sausage or andouille sausage, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Big and Zesty Creole Seasoning or any other creole seasoning, optional (omit salt if using)

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Remove from heat, drain reserving 1/4 cup of the pasta water, and set aside.
  2. Heat oil inlarge skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage; cook and stir 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from skillet.
  3. Melt the butter in the skillet over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper and onion to skillet; cook and stir 2 minutes or until tender. Add heavy cream and creole seasoning (optional) and bring to a boil. Cook until sauce has reduced slightly, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  4. Return the pasta to the pot it was cooked in, set over medium-high heat along with the reserved cooking liquid. Add the veggie butter-cream mixture, sausage, and half of the Parmesan and toss to combine thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan and garnish with parsley, if desired. Serve immediately.

Notes

I’ve made this numerous times with gluten free pasta. Delicious! For a grain free option, omit pasta, and use 6 peeled, diced, and cooked zucchinis.

8 thoughts on “Skillet Meal: Sausage & Pepper Creole Alfredo”

  1. Naomi W. says:

    Any chance you have a homemade creole seasoning mix to substitute when the recommended brand is unavailable? I don’t want to order as I’d like to cook right away. There must be some blend that would sub ok, no? Thank you

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      Naomi, when I don’t use that brand, I make my own. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Emeril’s recipe. I’ve found that it’s a bit spicy for my family so reduce the cayenne by half and still tastes great. You can get the recipe here.

  2. Naomi W. says:

    I made it for dinner last night. It was delicious, although I didn’t take the time to make my own portion low carb, so I did feel the weight of it as I ate it! Of course, the kids devoured it! I added julienned zucchini, and used bison instead of sausage. I followed your recommendation and made Emeril’s Essence with slightly less cayenne. I thought it was a wonderfully hearty meal, perfect for this late winter season. Thank you so much!

  3. Brooke B. says:

    This sounds so tasty!

  4. Elena says:

    Made this tonight. It was delish! I would have loved to have had the peppers in it, but sadly I’m the only one that likes peppers. I used orecchiette pasta instead of rotini since that’s what I had. The other substitution I made was I used mild Italian chicken sausage . It was yummy and I will definitely be making it again.

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      your combination sounds delish! I am the only one who eats the peppers so I typically my fair share in my plate. Glad you loved it!

  5. LL says:

    This was sooo good, but my older daughter didn’t like it! What a brat! =P

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      more for you! LOL – glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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