30-Minute Sausage Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Gluten-free pasta with sausage, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, and homemade sun-dried tomato pesto sauce. An easy and healthful meal that comes together in less than 30 minutes.

Did I ever tell you about the Era o’ Pasta, circa 2000 through 2008? The gist of it is simple: pasta encompassed roughly 80% of the food I made (the other 20% being just-add-water oatmeal and just-add-milk cereal).

I had a system down pat. Years 2000 through 2004, my “homemade pasta” included angel hair and store-bought marinara sauce…that is all, folks. AND I lived to tell the tale.

30-Minute Gluten-Free Sausage Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Sauce

Roughly ‘04 through ‘06 was all about lasagna – I made both a meaty beef version with like 8 different types of cheeses, and a Southwest-style vegetarian version with corn, black beans, and zucchini.

I put my fancy pants on circas ‘06 through ‘08 – I went for the bow tie pasta, and whipped up a chicken, sun-dried tomato, garlic, and spinach rigamarole, which lemme just tell you, NEVER got old.

Two things happened to end the mega Era o’ Pasta: 1.) I learned how to make other meals, and 2.) I transitioned to eating less gluten, then stopped eating gluten altogether, then took my sweet time locating a pasta brand that met all my pasta criteria.

30-Minute Gluten-Free Sausage Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Sauce

30-Minute Gluten-Free Sausage Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Sauce

For me, a pasta dinner is not only comforting and filling, but it can be one of the easiest types of meals to prepare. The key is to making pasta a healthful rather than indulgent experience is to  select fresh, quality ingredients from brands you trust. In order to prepare this recipe, I used  Barilla® Gluten Free Penne Pasta and Aidells® Chicken & Apple Sausage, both of which I purchased at Target.

Barilla® is currently the leading brand for Gluten-Free pastas, is made from non-GMO rice and corn, and contains the same classic flavor and texture as regular pasta. Prior to going gluten-free, pasta was my go-to dinner, so I was psyched when I recently learned Barilla® has a huge line of gluten-free options. I’ve also been a mega fan of Aidells® sausage for a number of years. All varieties are gluten-free, nitrate-free, contain no added hormones, and are crafted in small batches.

30-Minute Gluten-Free Sausage Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Sauce

Other than the fact that this pasta dish is a marvelous share-able meal, the best part about it is it comes together in just 30 minutes. The pasta only takes about 10 minutes to cook, as does the sausage, so I simply cook them at the same time in separate pans. Since boiling pasta and heating sausage is super low-maintenance cooking, I prepare the sun-dried tomato pesto by tossing all of the ingredients in the food processor and pulsing it up. Once the sauce, pasta, and sausage are ready, simply toss it all together in a big serving bowl along with fresh cherry tomatoes and chopped basil. Give ‘er a sprinkle of sea salt, and you’re good to go!

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

The tangy, flavorful sun-dried tomato pesto really makes this meal something special. And all it requires is a few ingredients and a couple of minutes to prepare! If you’re a fan of basil pesto, kale pesto, or even beet pesto, you can substitute the sauce of your choosing, but I will say the sun-dried tomato sauce goes marvelously with the chicken sausage. I also enjoy the pop of the fresh cherry tomatoes and the herby flavor of the basil. Sprinkle heavily with parmesan cheese and you’re looking at a straight-up fun fest.

Get that carb load!

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30-Minute Gluten-Free Sausage Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Sauce

30-Minute Sausage Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Author: Julia


Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto:

  • 1 ounce jar julienne cut sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil 8-
  • 2 cloves garlic roughly chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese grated
  • sea salt

Sausage Pasta:

  • 1 ounce package Aidells® Chicken & Apple Sausage sliced into rounds, 12-
  • 1 ounce package Barilla® Gluten Free Penne Pasta 12-
  • 1-½ cups fresh cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup fresh basil chopped
  • sea salt


Prepare the Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto:

  1. Add all of the ingredients for the pesto sauce except for the parmesan cheese to a food processor. Process until tomatoes are chopped into small bits. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the parmesan cheese. Add sea salt to taste.

Prepare the Pasta:

  1. Cook the pasta according to package instructions. While pasta is cooking, slice the sausage links into rounds. Heat about 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high and add the sausage rounds. Cook sausage until browned, about 8 to 10 minutes flipping half-way through.
  2. Once pasta and sausage is cooked, transfer both to a large serving bowl and add in the sun-dried tomato pasta sauce, cherry tomatoes, and basil. Toss everything together until well-combined and coated in sauce. Taste for flavor and add sea salt and parmesan cheese to taste.

30-Minute Gluten-Free Sausage Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Sauce

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Barilla® & Aidells®. The opinions and text are all mine.

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  1. Ashley

    haha oh this mad me laugh! For years, the only thing I ever made was baked ziti – ziti, jar of sauce, sliced chicken sausage and cheese. Mayyybe a handful or two of spinach. And I seriously thought it was the fanciest thing ever!! haha

    Love this pasta! It sounds delicious!

  2. marcie

    This is so funny, mostly because I had my fancy pants on making basil pesto, chicken, and sundried tomatoes for years and never shook things up! I love this pasta — Aidell’s in a staple in my house and I’m loving that pesto!

  3. Izzy @ She Likes Food

    Ain’t nothing wrong with eating pasta everyday! I just made a big batch of pasta and at it for dinner every single night last week, ha! It was so easy to just warm it up and you really can’t go wrong with pasta! I love the sun-dried tomato pesto on this, I bet it’s super flavorful and delicious!

  4. Kaleena

    This post is cracking up- especially since I just posted a similar story on my page about my years of pasta making (for the longest time, pasta was literally the only thing I could cook.) So it’s particularly funny that I came across your site today, and this post in particular! And I love Aidell’s sausage- the mango jalapeno, and teriyaki pineapple meatballs are my absolute favorites! Thanks for sharing!


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