Surviving Dinner – Sausage, Shells, and Peas in Alfredo Sauce

Lots of recipes claim they can be cooked in 20 minutes or less.  Some nights are so busy, even that’s too long.  “Surviving Dinner” is a series that is not about good wifeing, mothering, or cooking.  It’s about surviving.  It’s for those nights when you’re tempted to write “fast food” on the menu, but cooking at home will save you a few dollars, a few hundred calories, and loads of mommy-guilt.  Recipes found here can be cooked quickly and have minimal prep and clean-up.  Some may require a little pre-planning, but many won’t.

I threw this together on a whim trying to use up stuff in the fridge and freezer.  Both kids had seconds, and I think my husband had thirds.  It went over so well and was so crazy easy that’s I’m resurrecting Surviving Dinner to share it with you!

alfredo sausage peas pasta

Survival Menu:

  • Sausage, Shells and Peas in Alfredo Sauce (serves 3-4)


  • 1/2 box whole grain shell pasta
  • 1/2 jar alfredo sauce (maybe you have a half jar left over from making this)
  • 1/2 bag frozen peas
  • 1 pkg italian chicken sausage (or any pre-cooked sausage of your choosing)

1.  Salt the water and cook pasta according to package directions.  Toss the frozen peas in for the final three minutes of cooking.  If the boil is seriously disrupted by the addition of the frozen peas, add a minute to the cooking time so that the pasta is cooked to al dente.

2.  While the pasta is cooking, slice the chicken sausage and saute it in a pan.


3.  Drain the pasta and peas when they are done boiling.


4.  Add them to the pan with the sausage and mix in the alfredo sauce.  Heat through and serve.

{Random note:  The second time I made this I used some homemade alfredo sauce I had cooked up and thrown in my freezer in order to use some cream from my fridge before it went bad.  And oh my goodness…if you have cream you’re struggling to use up, make yourself some alfredo.)

Wondering what I’m doing here?  Learn more about the idea behind Surviving Dinner.