One Pot Sausage Pasta

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

One Pot Sausage Pasta Recipe

This post is in partnership with DeLallo

Do you plan out your meals for the week or are you a 5:00 I better figure out something to make for dinner kind of person? I am a planner, with everything in life, and I always plan out our weekly meals on the weekend. Caleb has been helping me ever since he started doing his meal charts and he is so good about remembering to plan out our meals on Saturday.

I am not perfect though. There are some weeks when I get super busy and don’t stick to the plan or I forget and have to scramble when the clock strikes 5:00 p.m. When that happens, I know I can always turn to this easy One Pot Sausage Pasta. It is one of my boys favorite meals and it comes together in no time.

One Pot Sausage Pasta Recipe

One pot meals and one skillet meals are lifesavers. Add everything to one pot and voila dinner magically cooks itself. Ok, maybe not that easy, but close!

One Pot Sausage Pasta Recipe

DeLallo pasta is also a lifesaver because we always have it in our pantry and everyone loves pasta nights! With this recipe, you don’t have to boil the pasta first, it cooks right in the pot with all of the other ingredients.

The boys especially love this one because it has sausage and lots of cheese. There is also kale and red peppers, but I don’t tell them about the veggies. Sometimes it is ok to keep secrets from your kids:) I love serving garlic bread on the side, more carbs are always a good idea:)

One Pot Sausage Pasta Recipe

This easy one pot pasta recipe only takes 30 minutes to make so if you forgot to plan out your meal plan for the week, no problem! You can have this on the dinner table in no time! And if you are planning out your meals for the week, make sure you add this One Pot Sausage Pasta to the rotation. It is guaranteed to be a family favorite!

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One Pot Sausage Pasta Recipe

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!
4.65 from 39 votes


  • 2 tablespoons DeLallo 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
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 8 ounces DeLallo 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: 499kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 28g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 64mg, Sodium: 1071mg, Potassium: 632mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 3385IU, Vitamin C: 61.5mg, Calcium: 176mg, Iron: 2.8mg
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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!

  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!

  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:)