Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken Sausage and Kale

Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken Sausage and Kale

Fettuccine alfredo, a classic that anyone can make!  I’ve served it at home twice this week and it is becoming my kids’ favorite dinner meal. The best part of making your own alfredo sauce at home is you have control of everything that goes into it and equally important what does not go in). We all know that Alfredo sauce contains butter and whipping cream.. Many of the alfredo sauces on the market are loaded with saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium.  It’s not only bad for your system but you’ll feel very weighed down afterwards, maybe even lethargic.   

 Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken Sausage and Kale

To make this light version of fettuccine alfredo, I skipped the butter entirely and use a great quality heavy cream with less ingredients. It’s an organic and inexpensive expensive heavy cream from Horizon Brand. I actually grabbed a gallon from my Costco store for under $10.

As with any pasta dish you can add in different varieties of veggies, meats, or alter the pasta with others (like tricolored pasta).  I’ve added tomatoes and chicken, and pretty classic flavors still but you could get a lot more creative than that.  With a great tasting and healthy sauce it leaves you wide open on things to add.  I really hope you enjoy this fettuccine alfredo sauce!

Fettuccine Alfredo
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
  • 1 package Dried Fettuccine Noodle
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil extra virgin
  • 2 links Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage chasing removed
  • 3-4 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 medium Onion chopped
  • 6 cups Fresh Kale chopped
  • 1/2-3/4 cup Heavy Cream use more according to your liking
  • 1 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes Optional (Use more according to your liking)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • Fresh Herbs (Like Mint, Parsley, Basil) Optional
  • Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano optional
  1. Bring 6 quarts of salted water to a boil in a large pot.

  2. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, 6 to 8 minutes or according to packaging.

  3. Drain the pasta and reserve about 2 tablespoons of the pasta water.

  4. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and cook sausage until browned for about 3 minutes or until cooked.

  5. Add onion and stir until tender for about 1-2 minutes. Add garlic and saute until lightly browned but do not burn.

  6. Add the optional red pepper flakes and cook for 1 minute. Stir in Kale and cook until tender. 

  7. Toss in drained cooked pasta and reserved water into the skillet. Stir for about 1 minute.

  8. Add heavy cream and italian seasoning. Keep stirring for 1 minute.

  9. Add salt/pepper to taste. Remove from heat. 

  10. Serve with fresh herbs and cheese

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  • Reply Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes Feb 10, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Not only did you skip over the unhealthier ingredients, but I love that you loaded it up with kale too.

  • Reply Hannah Eats Real Feb 10, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    This is my kind of comfort food.

  • Reply Vicci @ It's Cheat Day Everyday Feb 10, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    I love the fact that you lightened this recipe up by skipping on the butter. Just what I need! Look delicious, thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Platter Talk Feb 10, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Great addition of kale! Who doesn’t love alfredo?

  • Reply fabfood4all Feb 10, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Love the flavour combination here, chilli, cream and sausage with kale – a feast to behold:-)

  • Reply Alli Smith Feb 14, 2017 at 6:35 am

    You’ve taken a favorite, Fettuccine Alfredo, and amped up the taste with kale and sausage. Yum! I can’t wait to make this for my family. Looks delicious.

  • Reply reviewsbykathy Feb 14, 2017 at 7:13 am

    I love fettuccine Alfredo, but have never tried it with sausage. This really looks good, I think I am going to have to make it!

  • Reply Katie Kinsley Feb 14, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Beautiful! This pasts dish looks simple enough to make on a weeknight. And it looks filling enough to try not to have seconds 😉

  • Reply Paula Schuck Feb 14, 2017 at 9:00 am

    That looks amazing! I love chicken alfredo, but I’ve never tried this type of recipe before. I can’t wait to give it a try. Thanks!

  • Reply Michelle Feb 14, 2017 at 10:37 am

    I absolutely love fettucini alfredo but do you worry about the amount of fat and calories in it. Thank you for providing us some suggestions on how to make a light version. This recipe looks delicious!

  • Reply kage2015 Feb 14, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Oh man this could turn into one of my favorite meals. Love all the ingredients.

  • Reply Pam Wattenbarger Feb 14, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    I really like alfredo, but I have never thought to add kale. That really turns this into a winter staple meal.

  • Reply Annemarie LeBlanc Feb 14, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Fridays are pasta nights at home. This will be an awesome dish to try! I am sure my family will be pleasantly surprised with the addition of kale and sausage.

  • Reply Jacqui S Feb 14, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Looks like a great dish! I have been wanting to add kale to my dishes and this looks like a good one to do so with! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply alalisainfo Feb 14, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Such beautiful photos but also, this recipe looks awesome! Gotta try this out with the fam.

  • Reply Jaime Nicole Feb 15, 2017 at 3:41 am

    Oh myyy that looks AMAZING! I love pasta and can make alfredo but I love the pop of color with the kale!

  • Reply Dawn Gibson-Thigpen Feb 15, 2017 at 6:59 am

    yummmm. that dish looks amazing. like seriously mouth watering. i love all of the beautiful colors.

  • Reply Mimi Green Feb 15, 2017 at 8:58 am

    This looks delicious, andI would totally eat it. Nice twist on a classic dish.

  • Reply suereddel Feb 15, 2017 at 9:59 am

    What a great idea to make this dish a lot lighter. Looks really delicious too!

  • Reply ohnikkashae Feb 16, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    This dish looks so amazing!!!

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