Gorgonzola cream sauce pasta with sausage and peas is loaded with wonderful flavors and textures.  Simple to make with just a few ingredients, this decadent pasta can be on your table in about 30 minutes.

Wooden spoon scooping out gorgonzola cream sauce pasta from large pan.

 

There is something so comforting about pasta with creamy gorgonzola sauce. 

It’s rich in flavor and the addition of crumbled Italian sausage and bright green peas adds wonderful texture variety to this dish.

Since creamy gorgonzola pasta with sausage and peas is so easy to make it is right up with there with some of the best weeknight pastas that taste more complicated than they are, like linguine al limone or shrimp Alfredo.

So if you’re short on time but still want a decadent pasta, read on for our step-by-step instructions, and our top tips.

Ingredients shown: rigatoni, Italian sausage, peas, parsley, shallots, gorgonzola, and heavy cream.

How to make it

Each number corresponds to the numbered written steps below.

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water (2 tablespoons of kosher salt per gallon of water) to boil.  Chop 3 medium-sized shallots and mince 3 tablespoons of parsley.
  2. Heat a very large pan to medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and saute 1 pound of bulk Italian sausage until browned and cooked through (about 7 minutes).  Remove the sausage from the pan and set it aside on a plate covered with foil.

Gorgonzola cream sauce pasta recipe process shot collage group number one.

  1. Once your water is boiling, add 1 pound of rigatoni or other tubular pasta such as penne, ziti, or paccheri.  Cook the pasta to 1 minute less than al dente and be sure to reserve 2 cups of pasta water, although you may not need it all.  Note: We recommend using a pasta spider and saving all the pasta water when preparing any of our pasta recipes.
  2. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the chopped shallots and saute until soft, about 4-5 minutes. 
  3. Once the shallots are soft, add 8 ounces of frozen peas, 1 cup of heavy cream, and 6 ounces of gorgonzola dolce. Bring the sauce to a simmer.
  4. Once simmering, return the sausage to the pan and give it a stir.

Recipe process shot collage group number two.

  1. Add the pasta to the pan along with 1/2 cup of reserved pasta water.  Cook the pasta stirring frequently just until it reaches al dente.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and add the minced parsley.  Taste test the sauce and make any adjustments to salt and pepper, to taste.  We recommend adding a good amount of pepper as it pairs well with gorgonzola cream sauce. If the pasta is at all dry, add some of the reserved pasta water a little at a time to bring the consistency back to perfect.  Serve with grated Parmigiano Reggiano, or Pecorino Romano, and more fresh black pepper.  Enjoy!

Wooden spoon holding one piece of rigatoni with peas and sausage.

Top tips for gorgonzola cream sauce pasta

  • The pasta. We used large rigatoni for these photos but any tubular-shaped pasta would work well, such as penne, ziti, mezzi rigatoni, or paccheri.  Shells would also be great here as would gnocchi.
  • The cheese. Gorgonzola dolce is creamier and milder than the crumbly gorgonzola piccante which is why we recommend using dolce for the sauce. We used 6 ounces for the recipe which allowed for a mellow gorgonzola flavor but if you want something a little stronger, increase the amount of gorgonzola.  Another suggestion for those who love gorgonzola is to crumble some gorgonzola piccante on top of the pasta once it’s done.  
  • The sausage.  We used mild bulk Italian sausage for this recipe.  If you can’t find bulk sausage, simply buy the sausage links and remove the sausage from the casing.  
  • Save your pasta water!  As with any cream sauce pasta, we want to stress how important it is to save your pasta water.  It’s likely that the gorgonzola cream sauce will dry out while you’re waiting to eat and a little bit of reserved pasta water can help bring the pasta back to a glossy, creamy consistency.

Gorgonzola cream sauce pasta in black plate.

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Gorgonzola Cream Sauce Pasta

5 from 16 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Gorgonzola cream sauce pasta is a rich and creamy dish made with rigatoni, shallots, peas, and crumbled sausage tossed in a gorgonzola sauce and topped with grated cheese and parsley.

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound rigatoni or penne, ziti, paccheri
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 3 medium shallots chopped
  • 8 ounces frozen peas
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 6 ounces gorgonzola dolce
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons flat leaf parsley minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups reserved pasta water will not need it all, but always good to save.

Instructions 

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.
  • Heat a very large pan to medium heat and saute the sausage in 2 tablespoons of olive oil until browned (about 7 minutes). Remove the sausage from the pan and set aside covered with foil.
  • At this time begin boiling the rigatoni to 1 minute less than al dente.
  • Add the remaining olive to the pan along with the shallots. Saute until soft (about 4-5 minutes) then add in the peas, cream, and gorgonzola cheese. Bring the sauce to a simmer then return the sausage to the pan.
  • Add the pasta to the pan along with a 1/2 cup of pasta water. Cook the pasta stirring frequently, until it reaches just al dente.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and mix in the parsley. Taste test the sauce and adjust salt and pepper to taste. A good amount of pepper is recommended.
  • If the pasta gets dry just add some of the reserved pasta water, a bit at a time, to bring the consistency back to perfect. Serve with grated parmesan or Pecorino and fresh black pepper. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Makes 4 very large servings or 6 moderate sized.
  • Gorgonzola dolce is preferred for its creaminess and lighter flavor than piccante.
  • If the pasta dries out at all just add a touch of the reserved pasta water to loosen it up and mix well before serving.
  • Leftovers can be saved for up to 3 days and can be reheated on the stovetop or the microwave.

Nutrition

Calories: 730kcal | Carbohydrates: 50.1g | Protein: 30.1g | Fat: 45.5g | Saturated Fat: 16.7g | Cholesterol: 160mg | Sodium: 861mg | Potassium: 558mg | Fiber: 1.9g | Sugar: 2.3g | Calcium: 148mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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40 Comments

  1. Theresa Cruz says:

    Made this for dinner tonight. It was excellent. Hubby loved it. Very easy to make and quick.

  2. Kathy says:

    5 stars
    This recipe is phenomenal! I skipped the sausage and subbed sliced cremini. Will definitely save this recipe and make in the future.

  3. Sandy H says:

    5 stars
    What is the culinary equivalent of a ‘mic drop’?? Normally, the taste-tester is pretty accurate but I have to wholeheartedly disagree this time: 8.5?? This dish is DROP THE LADEL GOOD! It’s ’serve it to your guests’ good…you guys have outdone yourselves. The sausage I used didn’t seem to have much fennel so I added 1/2 tsp of fennel seeds. The flavor is incredible. I’d buy this at a restaurant. Thanks for your hard work!

  4. Greg says:

    5 stars
    This was among the very best things I’ve made from this wonderful site. Usually I clock the pastas from here between an 8 and a 9 (we’re tough graders), but this thing shot in a 9.5/10!

    The gorgonzola and sausage balance each other perfectly, and the peas and parsley add just the right “fresh element.” The noodle soaks it all up and will sometimes get some sausage or peas in the center which makes for a terrific bite.

    Make this tonight!!

    1. Tara says:

      Hi Greg, we’re so happy you enjoyed the recipe and thank you for the comment!

  5. Carol says:

    Hi Jim,
    This recipe looks delicious and I can not wait to try it. Can it be assembled ahead of time and baked later? I know it won’t be quite as good as fresh, but it would be easier if I am having friends.
    Thanks,
    Carol

    1. Jim says:

      Hi Carol, I wouldn’t reccommend making this ahead of time. You can certainly prep all the ingredients ahead of time, and even brown the sausage and shallots, but I wouldn’t add the peas, cream, or cheese until the end.

      1. Carol says:

        Thanks so much for the advice. I appreciate your input. Tomorrow night I will tell my friends how lucky they are to enjoy this delicious pasta.

  6. Danny says:

    I’m hoping to cook this one, but must confess I’m not a blue cheese fan!!!!! I know, the blue cheese is a main component, but could you recommend a different cheese that might work and is a little less funky (and not so blue!!!)? Love the channel and have so far cooked 16 of your recipes!

    1. Jim says:

      Hi Danny, I’m happy to hear you’re enjoying the channel and recipes so far! I haven’t tested this exact recipe with cheese other than gorgonzola but I think you could easily add the sausage and peas to my Alfredo sauce. Also, even if you’re not a fan of blue cheese, I’d encourage you to still give one a try. As you can see in the video, James isn’t a fan of blue cheese at all and he really liked this one. The funkiness mellows out quite a bit, especially if you use gorgonzola dolce.

  7. Carol says:

    5 stars
    I made this today. Found DeCecco Paccheri no.125, large rigatoni noodles. Perfect pasta for this easy and absolutely delicious meal! Doubled the gorgonzola – we are fans – and added a dash of Calabrian chili flakes. I love all your recipes and the way you explain them. Thank you!

    1. Jim says:

      Hi Carol, so happy you enjoyed this one and the other recipes and really appreciate the comment!

  8. JJ says:

    5 stars
    Just made it tonight with a jar of marinara sauce waiting in the wing, but didn’t need it. Absolutely delicious!

    1. Jim says:

      Hi JJ, so happy you enjoyed and really appreciate the comment!

  9. CD says:

    5 stars
    Awesome recipe, big hit with the family. Very easy and quick to make, ingredients spot on, I skipped the parley at the end. As the recipe highlights, make sure to reserve plenty of pasta water depending on timing/serve the meal.
    This recipe is joining the rotation along w the all time favorite host rib ragu
    Big fan of the channel, keep up the great work.

    1. Jim says:

      Thanks so much for the comment and so happy you’re enjoying the recipes and channel!

  10. Mary says:

    5 stars
    I thought this was delicious, tasted like a restaurant meal.

    1. Jim says:

      Hi Mary, so happy you enjoyed this one and appreciate the comment!