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An easy weeknight meal combines cheesy alfredo sauce and sausage for a delicious combination. It is a bonus that it can also fit in your low carb lifestyle.
Simple weeknight meals have been on my to do list lately. It is a busy time of year and easy dinner recipes are something that help me to enjoy my evenings instead of stressing.
And since I follow Trim Healthy Mama lots of the meals we eat our low carb in nature. Here are some of our favorite quick low carb (THM S) meals:
I wanted something my kids, husband and I could all enjoy while sticking with my diet plan. And what kid doesn’t love alfredo? With just 4 ingredients and about 30 minutes, you can have this low carb smoked sausage alfredo pasta bake on your table tonight.
It is creamy and cheesy. Rich and delicious. And something about the smoked sausage vs. the usual chicken really amps it up a notch or two.
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Low Carb Smoked Sausage Alfredo Pasta Bake
The recipe instructions for this low carb smoke sausage alfredo pasta bake are simple and easy. If you are struggling with THM, I highly recommend that you find a few family favorite recipes that everyone will love and that are easy to prepare.
Here are the super simple directions to make this pasta dish.
Slice the smoke sausage and brown it in the pan over medium heat.
Meanwhile, prepare the 1/2 box of Dreamfields according to the package directions but undercook by two minutes.
Don’t need to watch your carbs? Sub your favorite pasta!
In an 8×8 prepared Pyrex dish, place drained pasta in pan and pour in alfredo sauce.
Add the browned sausage on top of the pasta and then cover with 2 cups cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
The low carb smoked sausage alfredo pasta bake is delicious served with steamed broccoli, side salad or zoodles.
Cooking Alfredo Pasta For A Crowd
I used only 1/2 of the box of pasta for this casserole because I was only feeding 2 adults and 2 young children. We had enough for everyone plus a nice sized portion leftover for a lunch.
Prepares as I did the dish is very saucy and cheesy. We really enjoyed it this way but if you wanted to stretch the meal for a larger crowd, you could easily use the entire box of pasta.
I would not change the cheese or alfredo quantities, as I think it would be fine to cover the dish.
Baking Dreamfields Pasta
There is all kinds of conflicting info on the web about whether or not you can reheat or bake the Dreamfields pasta after boiling it.
I chose to do it in this recipe and haven’t found that I experience weight gain from doing so.
I did email the company and asked for their perspective on the preparation but have not heard back at the time of this post. I will update when they respond.
If you are concerned about this, you could easily adapt this recipe into a skillet prep.
Smoked Sausage Alfredo Pasta Skillet Prep Instructions
If you are concerned about the extra cooking in this low carb smoked sausage alfredo pasta bake, you can easily make it stove top.
Prepare the penne but undercook it by 2 minutes.
Brown the sausage and drain if necessary. Add in the noodles and alfredo sauce in a large skillet. Top with cheese and cover with a lid for 2 minutes to melt the cheese.
Recipe Cost Breakdown
Aside from being easy and a family pleaser, the next best thing about a recipe is if it is easy on the wallet! This totally is, even with the special pasta used to stay in a low carb (S) mode.
These prices are from my local Walmart where I did my grocery pickup this week. If you are not using their pickup service, you should! I love it the most because they don’t charge you a fee for utilizing the service and then you get Walmart’s regular low prices as well.
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Dreamfield’s Penne Pasta – $0.89 (1/2 box – $1.78 is the cost of the entire box)
Alfredo Sauce – $1.97
Smoked Sausage – $2.92
Mozzarella Cheese – $1.88
Less than a fast food meal and we had enough leftovers for a very hearty lunch. And yes I ate it the next day for lunch. Heated in the microwave, Dreamfields two days in a row. I didn’t gain this week and in fact I lost a bit.
However, keep in mind, Dreamfields or not. Reheat or not. This is a very Heavy S meal if you follow THM.
If you are struggling to lose (or certainly if you are gaining while on plan), cut out the personal choice items and limit your heavy S meals. As you can see in this THM Weekly Meal Plan 2, I don’t normally eat too many really heavy S’s in a given week.
And if you are stalling on THM, read these 9 tips to get the scale moving in the right direction.
Do you think your family would enjoy this low carb smoked sausage alfredo pasta bake?