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Creamy Tomato Sausage Pasta in a Mascarpone Sauce

October 17, 2018 (Last Updated: March 2, 2020) by Chris Collins

This Creamy Tomato Sausage Pasta is served in a Sun Dried Tomato and Mascarpone Pasta Sauce – An absolute show stopper of a pasta dish which is SO easy to make!

sausage pasta in a long white bowl with parmesan blurred in the background

Mascarpone Pasta Sauce

The star of the show here is absolutely the mascarpone pasta sauce. For those of you from the UK you’ll know those pre made pasta sauces, the jars of ‘tomato and mascarpone’. Yup, we’ve all been there. And to be honest they’re pretty tasty right!? However, we all know homemade is best made and that couldn’t be more true for this sauce. Here’s what you’ll need:

Mascarpone Pasta Sauce Ingredients

  • Mascarpone
  • Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • Parmesan
  • Chicken Stock
  • Tomato Puree
  • Fresh Basil
  • Onion & Garlic
  • Pasta Water

Tomato Puree

Aka ‘Tomato Paste’ in the US. This serves two purposes. First is to add a further tomato depth of flavour to the pasta. Second is to add colour. It’s important to fry the tomato puree so it turns a little sweet, then deglaze with the sauce. The difference between cooked and ‘raw’ tomato puree is quite significant!

Starchy Pasta Water

This is what’s going to create the sauce and turn it extra creamy. By adding pasta water in the mix, you allow the starch molecules to emulsify with the fat and create a thick and creamy sauce. Important to heavily season the pasta water with salt (so it doesn’t dilute the flavour of the sauce) and scoop out the pasta water at the end of boiling (so it’s extra starchy – don’t scoop straight after adding pasta).

For the base of the sauce it’s as easy as blitzing sun dried tomatoes, basil and chicken stock.

overhead shot of Sun Dried Tomatoes in a food processor

Creamy Tomato Sausage Pasta

The sausage is the heart and soul of this dish. I originally tested this with beef and it just didn’t compare to the rich flavours of sausage. You’ll want to get regular ground sausage meat. NOT ground pork (much less flavoursome than sausage meat). If you can’t find ground sausage meat just squeeze the meat from some good quality neutral flavoured sausages.

What’s the best pasta to use?

I absolutely love using rigatoni because the hole is quite large it’s quite often that sauce/sausage will gather in there, which is just the best. I tend to stay away from longer cuts of pasta because it tends to bring with it the comparison to a bolognese.

How to make Creamy Tomato Sausage Pasta (quick summary)

  1. Fry onions/garlic in a drizzle of sun dried tomato oil until soft.
  2. Add your sausage and fry until browned.
  3. Add your tomato puree and fry for a minute, then add your sun dried tomato sauce and mascarpone.
  4. Add pasta water until your desired consistency.
  5. Stir in pasta.
  6. Stir through parmesan.

How to make sausage pasta in a sun dried tomato mascarpone sauce - step by step

What to serve with Creamy Tomato Sausage Pasta?

Can I make this ahead of time?

Yes! I recommend just saving a cup of starchy pasta water to thin out. Just reheat on stove, using pasta water to thin out as needed until piping hot. You can also freeze this and thaw overnight in the fridge and reheat on the stove.

If you’re looking for a similar creamy tomato style pasta then definitely check out my Penne Alfredo with Bacon & Sun Dried Tomato! For other similar recipes give these a ganders too:

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Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full creamy tomato sausage pasta recipe shall we?!

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How to make Creamy Tomato Sauce Pasta (Full Recipe & Video)

Sausage Pasta in a Sun Dried Tomato Mascarpone Sauce served with parmesan and parsley

Creamy Tomato Sausage Pasta in a Mascarpone Sauce

This Creamy Tomato Sausage Pasta is served in a Sun Dried Tomato and Mascarpone Pasta Sauce - An absolute show stopper of a pasta dish which is SO easy to make!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Dinner / Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 4
Calories: 660kcal
Cost per serving: £2.50 / $3

Equipment:

  • Large Deep Skillet & Wooden Spoon
  • Large Pot & Colander
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Food Processor
  • Fine Cheese Grater

Ingredients (check list):

  • 14 oz / 400g Ground Sausage
  • 12oz / 350g Rigatoni, or short cut pasta of choice
  • 5oz / 150g Sun Dried Tomatoes (save 1 tbsp of oil)
  • 1/2 cup / 40g Freshly Grated Parmesan, plus extra to serve
  • 1/2 cup / 125ml Chicken Stock, preferably low sodium
  • 3 heaped tbsp Mascarpone
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Puree (tomato paste in US)
  • 1 small bunch of Fresh Basil
  • 1 medium Onion, finely diced
  • 1 tsp Garlic, minced
  • Fresh Parsley, to serve
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste
  • 1-2 cups Starchy Pasta Water (see method)

Instructions:

  • In a food processor, pulse your sun dried tomatoes, chicken stock and basil until smooth. Place to one side.
  • In a pan, heat up 1 tbsp of your sun dried tomato oil then fry your onions until soft. Add in your garlic and fry for a further minute or so, then add your sausage and fry until nice and brown.
  • Meanwhile cook your pasta in heavily salted water until al dente, reserving 2 cups of pasta water. Make sure the water is seasoned well and that you catch the water just before draining (i.e not straight after adding the pasta) you want it when it's nice and starchy.
  • Drain excess fat from the pan if needed, then stir in your tomato puree. Fry for 1-2 minutes, then stir in your sun dried tomato sauce and mascarpone. Thin out with pasta water until your desired consistency then add in your pasta. Add another few splashes of pasta water if needed.
  • Finish by stirring through parmesan. Serve with fresh parsley and extra parmesan.

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes:

a) Sausage - I use regular ground sausage for this recipe, but if you can't find any just use the meat from some good quality sausages (neutral flavour). Don't use ground pork, not suitable for this recipe.
b) Sun Dried Tomato Oil - If you have vacuum packed sun dried tomatoes or ones not in oil that's fine, just use olive oil at the start.
c) Pasta Water - Just another reminder to make sure the water is well salted and to scoop out towards the end of cooking so it's nice and starchy. The starch molecules will emulsify will that fats in the pan and help create an extra creamy pasta sauce.
d) Chicken Stock - Try and go for reduced salt stock otherwise the dish may end up too salty (with the pasta water and parmesan). Not a deal breaker, just be careful with seasoning.
e) Tomato Puree - Important to fry the tomato puree to bring out the sweetness in it.
f) Calories - Based on sharing between 4 people with no extra parmesan.

Nutrition:

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Tomato Sausage Pasta in a Mascarpone Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 660 Calories from Fat 378
% Daily Value*
Fat 41.95g65%
Saturated Fat 15.455g77%
Trans Fat 0.002g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5.264g
Monounsaturated Fat 18.718g
Cholesterol 92mg31%
Sodium 991mg41%
Potassium 1593mg46%
Carbohydrates 48.82g16%
Fiber 9.2g37%
Sugar 15.17g17%
Protein 26.08g52%
Vitamin A 1900IU38%
Vitamin C 21.5mg26%
Calcium 190mg19%
Iron 5.2mg29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Brooke
    June 3, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    Loved this recipe!!! I didn’t have mascarpone so I used goat cheese and it was super yummy! Got 10 out of 10 from my food critics 🙂

    • Reply
      Chris
      June 4, 2019 at 4:47 pm

      That’s awesome! So glad you loved it Brooke! 🙂

  • Reply
    Ben Myhre
    October 18, 2018 at 1:14 am

    5 stars
    Holy buckets this looks right up my alley. I love Italian food and that sauce looks absolutely scrumptious!

    • Reply
      Chris
      October 18, 2018 at 10:52 am

      Thanks, Ben! 🙂

  • Reply
    Kylie Archer
    October 18, 2018 at 12:13 am

    5 stars
    New favourite for the kiddies right here! Mascarpone makes everything yummier, doesn’t it?

    • Reply
      Chris
      October 18, 2018 at 10:52 am

      Omg yes mascarpone makes the world go round!

  • Reply
    Krissy Allori
    October 18, 2018 at 12:03 am

    5 stars
    This is the best pasta recipe I have found! Yum!

    • Reply
      Chris
      October 18, 2018 at 10:51 am

      It’s a total winner! 🙂

  • Reply
    Ellen
    October 17, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    Italian comfort food! I love it! Can’t wait to try this recipe.

    • Reply
      Chris
      October 18, 2018 at 10:51 am

      Yup! total Italian comfort food! 🙂

  • Reply
    Cindy Gordon
    October 17, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    This sauce called to me! YES please! I am so drooling now! This tomato mascarpone sauce looks amazing!`

    • Reply
      Chris
      October 18, 2018 at 10:50 am

      The sauce is so so yum!!

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