This Cheesy Sausage Pasta combines cavatappi pasta, Italian sausage, and marinara sauce with melted cream cheese, mozzarella, and parmesan. It’s a flavorful meal that is easy to put together and perfect for a family dinner any night of the week. I also have a Blackened Shrimp Cavatappi you may love!

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Sausage Pasta Ingredients & Smart Substitutions

  • Pasta: I love cavatappi (corkscrew) pasta because of its twisted spiral shape. It is perfect for holding onto all of the delicious sauce! But, you could use any pasta you have on hand. Or, make homemade shaped pasta to use.
  • Meat: You can use mild or spicy Italian sausage. Or, try the dish with ground turkey or chicken sausage, adding seasoning as needed.
  • Marinara: My homemade marinara sauce would be delicious in this pasta dish. However, you could use your favorite variety of marinara.
  • Cream Cheese: Let the block of cream cheese soften before cutting it into cubes.
  • Mozzarella Cheese: I prefer mozzarella cheese for its smooth texture when melted. And, it is mild enough to pair well with various ingredients. You could also use any mild, melty cheese like provolone or Monterey Jack.
  • Parmesan Cheese: If possible, use freshly grated parmesan cheese, which has a more pronounced flavor and melts the best. For a sharper taste, you could substitute Pecorino Romano.
Close up of Cheesy Sausage Pasta in a skillet with some on a spoon.

Can I Add Vegetables To The Pasta Dish?

Sure! I will sometimes add some sauteed vegetables to this dish to give the nutritional value a boost! Here are some vegetable options:

  • Bell peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Zucchini
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli

You can sauté these vegetables separately before adding them to the pasta, or you can cook them directly in the sauce along with the sausage. Just be mindful of the cooking time for each vegetable to ensure they are cooked to your liking. Feel free to customize the dish with your favorite vegetables for a delicious and nutritious meal!

Plates of Cheesy Sausage Pasta on a wooden table with forks and a napkin.

What To Serve With Cheesy Sausage Pasta

To make this a complete meal, I like to pair the pasta dish with one or two of these side dishes:

Fork picking up a bite of Cheesy Sausage Pasta from plate.

How To Store Cheesy Sausage Pasta

To store the pasta dish, first, let it cool to room temperature. Next, keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will last up to 3-4 days. Reheat it in the microwave or on the stovetop.

Skillet of Cheesy Sausage Pasta on a wooden table with parmesan, parsley, and a napkin from overhead.
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Cheesy Sausage Pasta

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Indulge in the deliciousness of Cheesy Sausage Pasta. This flavorful dish combines Italian sausage, marinara sauce, and melted cheeses for a satisfying meal!


  • 8 ounces cavatappi pasta
  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) marinara sauce
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened, cubed
  • ½ cup (57 g) mozzarella cheese shredded
  • ½ cup (50 g) parmesan cheese finely grated, divided
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • parsley, chopped for garnish


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add cavatappi pasta and cook until al dente (about 8-10 minutes).
  • To a large skillet over medium heat, add sausage. Cook until no longer pink (8-10 minutes), breaking up the sausage as you go. Drain excess grease if necessary.
  • To the skillet with the sausage, add marinara, cream cheese, mozzarella, ¼ cup of parmesan, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, until the cream cheese is incorporated into the dish.
  • Add the cooked pasta and stir to combine. If needed, add a small amount of the reserved pasta water until the dish reaches your desired consistency.
  • Garnish with the remaining parmesan and parsley.

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What the Test Kitchen had to say about this recipe:


The creamy sausage cavatappi was a hit! The combination of marinara sauce and cream cheese created a rich and comforting dish. Loved the cheesy goodness!


I really enjoyed this pasta dish! When I make it, I am going to use spicy Italian sausage for a bit of a kick to it. This is a deliciously easy dinner to make, too!


Absolutely loved this pasta recipe! The sauce was so creamy and flavorful, and the sausage added a nice savory element. A definite winner for dinner!


The cream cheese gave the sauce a velvety texture, and the combination of mozzarella and parmesan cheeses was perfect in this pasta dish. Would definitely make it again.


The creamy sausage cavatappi was a hit at dinner! The marinara sauce added a nice kick, and the cream cheese made the sauce incredibly creamy. The blend of cheeses was fantastic!

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