One Pot Sausage Pasta

By Maria Lichty

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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! 

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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!
4.58 from 269 votes


  • 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


  • 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.


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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  1. Don’t you just love it when someone asks for substitutes?  i can’t stand kale…would spinach work if you added it to the pot for a few minutes before adding the mozzarella?

  2. I’m usually a planner, but there are those days where I’m a 5:00’er! But, one pot meals are totally my jam. 

  3. Made this recipe last night. AWESOME!!! It was quick, easy and very tasty. I am adding it to our dinner rotation.

  4. My hard to please family gave this a two thumbs up! (I even made this while refereeing a disagreement between two crying children!)

  5. 5 stars
    This is a super fast delicious meal! Another Great way to get my almost 2 year old daughter to eat Kale. Thankyou so much. I have made this several times and we love it. I love using the little balls of mozzerella so yummy….

  6. Wow, I like to eat Pasta. I will make this dish to replace rice meal. Recently I am quite bored with rice. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  7. 3 stars
    Hey there…just finished making this. I myself really enjoyed it. My picky 10 year old was reluctant but ate it. My 5 year old was not a big fan but ate it. I used smoked sausage…which was a little too spicy for my boys. I definitely enjoyed it…Thank you

  8. 4 stars
    It’s a great recipe idea and has a great taste in this sausage pasta. I appreciate your tasty recipe ideas.

  9. 4 stars
    This is a great recipe as it can take so many substitutions like tonight it had green beans, no yellow pepper, no tomatoes, extra garlic and beef instead of chicken stock (plus extra stock as we ran out of tinned tomatoes) and cheddar cheese works best for us. Once its past 5:30pm you need something flexible!!
    Only gripe is it takes longer than 30 mins start to finish including chopping (and i am fast) mostly as the pasta tends to take longer however, as that bit requires no supervision, that is the time usually used to find the forks, locate everyone, clear the table, pack school bags etc etc

  10. Wow, it looks delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe and the photos shows the detailed process to make this dessert.

  11. 5 stars
    Full of color and flavor! Easy to make and requested over and over. I have always used spinach instead of kale and cook the pasta separately. Some day I will make it as the recipe instructs and may love it even more!

  12. 4 stars
    My 5-year-old boys loved it! I will definitely be adding this into the dinner rotation.

    I used ground sausage instead of sausage slices and added a bite more Kale. Was delicious!

  13. Absolutely delicious!  Going on our rotation.  Thanks for all the great recipes!  I’m always recommending friends to your site.  So appreciate all you do!

  14. 4 stars
    Just made this and it was great! I’ll correct that – my husband just made it, so added bonus there.

  15. 5 stars
    Great dish! We like a little heart in our pasta, so the only thing I added was a pinch of crushed red peppers. Otherwise I followed to a tee. Wonderful!

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  17. 5 stars
    I’ve made this twice and it’s amazing! My husband is a picky eater and he loved this. Great recipe and super easy to make. Highly recommend this  to everyone! 

  18. Just made this for Sunday dinner, my husband loved it. He asked me if it was hard to make, so that tells me he would like it again. Very tasty and a keeper.

  19. Do you cook the sausage before or use raw sausage? This is on my plan for this week cant beat a one pot meal!!

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  21. 4 stars
    Tasty though needed a bit more oomph of spice for us. We followed the recipe in general, used mild Italian sausage that we’d BBQ’d, canned fire roasted tomatoes, and fresh basil and oregano from the garden. The addition of kale was a nice touch. Next time will try spicy Italian sausage. 

  22. 5 stars
    Thanks for sharing information about one-pot sausage pasta.
    This is delicious I make this last Saturday.

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  25. Hello
    I made this tonight and there was way too much sauce.  I’m wondering if the recipe is correct ?  Should it call for 1 lb of pasta vs 8 oz?  
    It was a tasty dish using spicy sausage.

  26. 5 stars
    I just made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! My husband loves it. Made a couple of changes since it was what I had on hand – spinach for the kale and added fresh mushrooms. Thanks for the recipe – so quick and easy. I’ll definitly make it again!

  27. 4 stars
    This sounds wonderful!!!  The ingredients are going on my shopping list right now and will make it soon. I am going to to try to sneak the kale in but the vegetable detective will probably spot it and I will get a comment about it.

  28. I can’t find anywhere that states how many it feeds. When I find a recipe that sounds interesting, I pare it down because I’m no longer cooking for 5+

  29. I don’t have tomato paste but have diced tomatoes and canned tomato sauce. Is there a way to substitute for the paste? Trying to prevent a run to the store.

    1. The tomato paste adds a rich tomato flavor and thickens it a little, I haven’t tried it without it but if you don’t want to go to the store, you could try leaving it out!

  30. 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. How do you reheat the leftovers? Do you reheat the One Pot Sausage and Pasta in the same pot in which you originally cooked it?? If so, should you add water or more sauce when reheating this dish? Thank you.

    3. You can reheat in the microwave. If you want to do a large portion, you can put it back in the pot. Cover while heating and stir. If it is dry, add a little water.

  31. 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.

  32. 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!

    1. This has been a repeat recipe for me in the last 2 or so months. I use gluten free penned and baby spinach instead of kale and often add in some finally diced zucchini for extra vegetables. Loved by hubby and toddlers alike!

  33. 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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  35. 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!

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

  37. 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!

  38. 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:)

  39. 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.

  40. 5 stars
    I just made this last night and it was so delicious and so easy! Will be making this again for sure!

  41. 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:)

  42. 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!

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 5 stars
    It is my first review ever but I had to write something!!
    This recipe is awesome!! So yammy.
    I didn’t have penne so I used cooked spagetti . It worked fine. Next time I will try with penne for sure. I loved little touch of fennel seed. Yum!!

  46. 5 stars
    Really easy dinner, super tasty, easy to clean up and can make easy twists and changes based on what you have. The whole family loved it!

  47. If you have leftovers regarding the, One Pot Sausage Pasta, which is the best way, if possible, to reheat this dish? I just made this dish last night and have plenty leftover and wanted to know the best way to reheat this.
    Really appreciate your response. Thanks so much.

  48. 5 stars
    I love this recipe! I’ve made it numerous times now and it’s amazing every time.
    I add some chilli flakes to it and use spinach instead of kale.
    It’s becoming a weekly staple now – thank you!

  49. 5 stars
    This was amazing and easy to prepare. Hubby went back for seconds (which he rarely does) and again for thirds. Thank you for sharing this fabulous recipe.

  50. 5 stars
    I made this with organic tomatoes and sauce and also fresh herbs-it was delicious!
    A good quality pasta also makes a big difference!

    1. It is a nice dish but it is more of an Italian pasta than Canadian pasta? Am I Right?

      Thanks for this delicious recipe

      Do most Italians eat this?

  51. 5 stars
    I found this on a whim and it was delicious! I even forgot to add the mozzerella and parmesan and we still devoured it and had enough for both for leftovers…I can’t wait to try it leftover with all the sauce soaked in.

  52. 5 stars
    Made this tonight. It was really good. Had seconds and all was eaten. Will keep this recipe for the future. Cooked as said except ommited the fennel and we had no kale but I did use some spinach. Didn’t use parmesean but used some mozeralla and shredded cheese mix.

  53. 2 stars
    Had high hopes for this but in the end it was a bit bland and very ordinary. Not something I’ll make again. Recipe was well written and easy to follow though.

  54. 5 stars
    I made this tonight for the first time. I ended up using yellow and red bell peppers and veggies pasta. It was delicious. Thank you for sharing.

  55. Loved this Penne recipe! I made it last night & It was very good. I made it with Krogers whole grain penne pasta. I did not have fennel seeds & used celery seeds. I searched what I could used instead of the fennel seeds. I will definitely make this dish again. Thanks for sharing this recipe !!

  56. LOVE this recipe! It has become a delicious addition to our weekly rotation! And the leftovers are delicious!