Farfelle with Italian Sausage and Basil Cream Sauce

such as the meaning of the word “farfelle” so shall your pasta be like little butterflies dancing through this delicious (and easy) sauce! “bow-tie” pasta in a very creamy basil sauce, studded with crumbles of italian sausage, sauteed onion, garlic and fresh tomato. this dish may not look like much on the plate but it is packed full of spicy and fresh flavor. italian sausage can be either sweet or hot so use whatever your preference is. i always use hot sausage in my recipes if given the choice. if you go with the hot sausage, cut back on the crushed red pepper flakes unless you want it really spicy!

farfelle with italian sausage in basil cream sauce

this is a very easy and quick dinner to put together. you could have this on the table (start to finish) in about a half hour (depending upon your culinary prowess lol). many of these ingredients are things you probably already have on hand as well, minus the sausage. you could certainly substitute turkey or chicken sausage in this recipe. if you have sausage that is already cooked, use it! just chop it into small chunks and give it a quick saute to brown up the edges and release some of the yummy oils and proceed as stated. if you don’t have fresh tomatoes, use a can of diced italian style tomatoes (well-drained). if you used canned tomatoes, cooking the 3 minutes after adding them is not necessary as these tomatoes are already cooked. and as i said before, this doesn’t look like much. when i told my boyfriend what was for dinner last night he seemed less than excited but as soon as he put the first forkful into his mouth he changed his tune! he went back for seconds and licked his bowl clean! and that is saying a lot as he can be a picky eater.

this recipe is adapted from “Bowties with Italian Sausage” on allrecipes.com- awesome recipe site (as i know i have said before).


Farfalle with Italian Sausage and Basil Cream Sauce


  • 3 cups farfalle (a.k.a. bowtie) pasta
  • 1 pound Italian sausage: links (removed from casings), patties or bulk
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 vine-ripened or roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • ½ tsp kosher or sea salt
  • ½ cup fresh grated parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnish
  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil (don’t use dried if you can help it!), plus extra for garnish


  • Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil
  • Cook farfalle 2 minutes LESS than package directions, drain and set aside
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat
  • Brown the sausage with the red pepper flake, using a spoon or potato masher to break into crumbles as it cooks
  • Add the onion and garlic and cook until onion softens and is fragrant- about 5 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent burning the garlic
  • Stir in tomatoes and salt to taste and cook for 3 minutes or until tomatoes are softened
  • Add cream and parmesan cheese and stir thoroughly
  • Bring to a simmer (not a full boil) and cook gently, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens, about 5 minutes
  • Stir in the cooked pasta and basil and cook until heated through and the pasta is at desired doneness (about 3 to 5 minutes)
  • Serve with additional basil and parmesan on top for garnish, if desired
nom nom

nom nom

5 responses to “Farfelle with Italian Sausage and Basil Cream Sauce

  1. Oooo Jess, this is one I can really sink my teeth in to. I love pasta in every form, and the sauce sounds delicious. I am going to the grocery tomorrow, so should have some good experiences to blog about. Wish me luck. Watermelon is on my list. Need it for the pickles.

  2. good luck! i look forward to your blog post.
    yes the sauce for this was quite yummy! this one will be a repeat dinner in my house for sure (and that’s saying something what with this blogging and whatnot LOL)

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  4. I am always on the look out for creamy pasta recipes and this one just spoke out to me in a creamy, sensual, and sultry Catrinel Menghia voice and said…”salsiccia italiana” Then I fell backwards. But darn if I am not going to try it!!

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