One Pot Sausage Pasta

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One Pot Sausage Pasta with onion, garlic, red pepper, kale, mozzarella cheese, and Parmesan cheese. This easy one skillet dinner is a weeknight favorite! 

sausage pasta in pot with spoon.

One pot meals and sheet pan meals are a dinner lifesaver and this One Pot Sausage Pasta is a favorite at our house. My boys LOVE it and I love that it comes together in no time!

With this recipe, you don’t have to boil the pasta first, it cooks right in the pot with all of the other ingredients. It is the perfect weeknight meal!

The penne pasta is coated in a rich marinara sauce with hearty sausage, veggies, and lots of cheese. It only takes 30 minutes to make and is so good with garlic bead and a simple salad on the side.

Make sure you add this One Pot Sausage Pasta to your dinner rotation. It is guaranteed to be a family favorite!

one pot sausage pasta ingredients.

Sausage Pasta Ingredients

  • Olive oil– for sautéing!
  • Sausage– you can use chicken or smoked sausage links. Slice into 1/2-inch thick slices.
  • Onion– a yellow or white onion.
  • Red bell pepper– seeds removed and diced.
  • Garlic– a must for pasta!
  • Tomato paste– to give the sauce a rich tomato flavor!
  • Kale– we love using kale because it is hearty and holds up nicely, but spinach will also work.
  • Diced tomatoes– don’t drain, use the whole can.
  • Herbs– dried basil, oregano, and fennel seed.
  • Pasta– we use penne pasta, but other small noodles like rotini, farfalle, or orecchiette, will also work. If you need the recipe to be gluten-free, you can use gluten-free pasta.
  • Broth– you an use vegetable or chicken broth.
  • Mozzarella cheese– we like to use fresh mozzarella because it gets super melty. Just chop it up. If you don’t have fresh mozzarella, you can use shredded mozzarella.
  • Parmesan cheese– more cheese please!
  • Fresh basil– for garnish!
sausage pasta in pot with parmesan cheese, basil, and wooden spoon.

How to Make One Pot Sausage Pasta

  • Heat a large skillet or pot over medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the sausage slices, onion, red pepper, and garlic. Cook, stirring often, until the onion and peppers are tender and the sausage is cooked through, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the tomato paste and stir. Add in the chopped kale, diced tomatoes, basil, oregano, and fennel seed.
  • Add in penne pasta and broth. Stir until combined. Cover with a lid and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until pasta is al dente.
  • Remove lid, stir and add in the fresh mozzarella cheese. Stir and cook until cheese is melted. Top with Parmesan cheese and fresh basil. Serve warm.
  • Pro tip- If you don’t have a lid for your pot or skillet, you can place a large baking sheet over the skillet/pot to cover.
sausage penne pasta with marinara sauce.

What to Serve With Sausage Pasta

This easy one pot meal is very satisfying, but if you want to serve a few dishes on the side, these are all winners!

How to Store

Store leftover sausage pasta in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. You can reheat in the microwave or oven. The leftovers are GREAT!

sausage pasta on plate.

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One Pot Sausage Pasta

You can have this easy one pot sausage pasta on the dinner table in 30 minutes. It is a family favorite!
4.67 from 45 votes

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound  sausage links, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices (chicken or smoked sausage)
  • ½ medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeds removed and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 15 oz diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 8 ounces uncooked penne pasta
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Heat a large skillet or pot over medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the sausage slices, onion, red pepper, and garlic. Cook, stirring often, until the onion and peppers are tender and the sausage is cooked through, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the tomato paste and stir. Add in the chopped kale, diced tomatoes, basil, oregano, and fennel seed.
  • Add in penne pasta and broth. Stir until combined. Cover with a lid and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until pasta is al dente. Remove lid, stir and add in the fresh mozzarella cheese. Stir and cook until cheese is melted. Top with Parmesan cheese and fresh basil. Serve warm.
  • Note-we like to use our 10-inch cast iron skillet. If you don’t have a lid for your pot or skillet, you can place a large baking sheet over the skillet/pot to cover. You can also use DeLallo’s whole wheat or gluten free pasta in this recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 423kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 13g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 65mg, Sodium: 984mg, Potassium: 617mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 3391IU, Vitamin C: 56mg, Calcium: 204mg, Iron: 3mg
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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 5 stars
    I made this last evening–loved it and so did my Tom! It made a lot for two people but leftovers are always welcome when it’s a good recipe. I didn’t have spinach or kale (next time!) so I put in a can of cannellini beans. I’m glad I went for my cast iron Dutch oven over my 10″ pan as it was filled to the top. Thank you for posting my new favorite!

    1. 5 stars
      So easy to make! I didn’t have kale or capsicum but I didn’t miss either. I raced outside and cut some fresh spinach to stir through before serving. It was so yummy, filling and left overs for tomorrow’s lunch. A great twist for sausages!

  2. 5 stars
    Wow, wow, wow! Let me start by saying I have made many “One pot” meals in my years but this one simply works! It was my 12 year olds turn to cook dinner for the family tonight and since we had sausages I googled “One pot sausage” to find him a recipe he could follow. I am so glad I found your recipe. We followed it almost exactly except a few adjustments (macaroni instead of penne, thyme, oregano & mixed herbs, spinach instead of kale) and it turned out wonderfully! The ratio of 2 cups veggie stock to 250grams of macaroni was just right. Didn’t need any extra salt at all! Thankyou, this will now be a regular in our house and my son is very proud of the amazing dinner he cooked for us.

  3. 5 stars
    Bomb!! So good I will be making it again. I used bow tie pasta instead of penne and fresh tomatoes instead of canned. Big hit with yhe husband!

  4. 5 stars
    Just made this recipe for dinner. Found arugula version, with a nod to your recipe as the inspiration, on different site. Also added double italian sausage , banana peppers and no mozzerella. Lucious – A keeper for sure. Thanks!

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  6. 5 stars
    I have been meaning to post a comment on this recipe for awhile. This is a go-to meal in our house. It’s easy to make and the only way I can get my son to eat kale! The whole family loves this. Have been making it for years. Thank you!

  7. Hi Maria! For the one pot sausage pasta, are you using raw or fully cooked sausage links?Thanks,Marilyn

  8. 5 stars
    This one pot sausage pasta is a big hit in my house! I can’t make enough of it. However, after a few times I decided to try something different. Instead of the sliced sausages, I used ground sausage meat without the casing. It was super! It was much easier to brown the meat that way! One other thing I tried was using chicken sausage instead of pork!! That went over just as well! Enjoy!

  9. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe! It’s a weekday favourite. I’ve used Italian sausage and omitted the garlic and peppers. I’ve also substituted kale for rapini and it worked great. Thank you for the great recipe:)

  10. 5 stars
    I made this last night, and it was a hit! My husband and kids really enjoyed it. I used bratwurst because we had some left over that needed to be used, but other than that I followed the recipe. It had really great flavor and was fairly simple to make. I will definitely make this again.

  11. 5 stars
    I just made this last night and it was so delicious and so easy! Will be making this again for sure!

  12. 4 stars
    Love this recipe! Been making it for the past year and my family loves it. Is it possible to double the pasta if I double the broth as well for a bigger crowd?

    1. If you want to double the pasta, make sure you double everything…and make sure you have a big enough pot:)

  13. 5 stars
    I have no shortage of pasta dishes in my rotation, but I’m always looking to mix it up with a new one! Glad I found this recipe. I’m not a huge fan of kale so I went the spinach route and just stirred it in at the end. Yum!

  14. Love the ingredients but would NEVER cook pasta in the same pot. Always cook the pasta in its own pot. It’s a cardinal sin as an Italian to do that.

  15. 5 stars
    I have made this recipe a few times and it one of my favorite. I use Italian Hot sausage to give it a little kick and it is just enough to do it. The Kale is a nice addition for flavor (or you can substitute with baby spinach.) Love, love, love it.

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