One Pot Cheesy Sausage Pasta

One pot cheesy sausage pasta is a decadent and rich one-pot meal, full of melty cheese and bites of summer sausage, and perfect for an easy meal at home when you don’t want a lot of cleanup!

One pot cheesy sausage pasta is a decadent and rich one-pot meal, full of melty cheese and bites of summer sausage, and perfect for an easy meal at home when you don't want a lot of cleanup!

One Pot Cheesy Sausage Pasta

If you’re not on the one pot meal train yet, hop right on, friend! One pot meals are glorious life savers because they require little prep, easy cooking, and hardly any cleanup. Since my time is limited between raising 5 little ones and running my blog, convenience is practically my middle name. And I know I’m not the only one out there who’s busy and just needs a simple, wholesome meal most nights of the week! Can I get an amen?

The thing that I just love about this pasta dish is it’s so rich and hearty, and you can customize it as much as you’d like. If you’re not a fan of cooked spinach, use peas or chopped zucchini instead! Throw in any cheese that melts well and that you prefer if cheddar’s not your style, and you can use whatever cut of pasta or any type of sausage that you love. It’s truly a one pot wonder that you can make your own, and that’s something to celebrate!

One pot cheesy sausage pasta is a decadent and rich one-pot meal, full of melty cheese and bites of summer sausage, and perfect for an easy meal at home when you don't want a lot of cleanup!

Can you boil pasta in a skillet?

Normally, I wouldn’t advise cooking pasta in a skilled unless it’s a one pot meal like this. It’s more shallow and fits less pasta, and it’s hard to drain from a skillet, which is why most people prefer to use a pot instead. But since you’re not draining the pasta in this recipe, skillet cook away!

How do you cook pasta without draining water?

Doing a one pot pasta is the only way I know of that you can cook pasta without draining water. The water and other liquid cook the pasta and then cook down into a nice, thick sauce, so draining it isn’t necessary here.

Can you put basil in pasta?

You can! That would be incredible in this recipe. I love, love, love fresh herbs, and basil or any other green herbs would go great in this. Add them the same time you’d add the spinach.

How long does one pot cheesy sausage pasta last for?

If you have leftovers, let them cool and then store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. This is a great dish to make two batches of and keep one in the freezer (for up to 2 months) to have a full meal ready to go later on.

One pot cheesy sausage pasta is a decadent and rich one-pot meal, full of melty cheese and bites of summer sausage, and perfect for an easy meal at home when you don't want a lot of cleanup!

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One pot cheesy sausage pasta is a decadent and rich one-pot meal, full of melty cheese and bites of summer sausage, and perfect for an easy meal at home when you don't want a lot of cleanup!

One Pot Cheesy Sausage Pasta


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6 1x

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One pot cheesy sausage pasta is a decadent and rich one-pot meal, full of melty cheese and bites of summer sausage, and perfect for an easy meal at home when you don’t want a lot of cleanup!


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Ingredients

  • 1 pound smoked summer sausage
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (with juice)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 8 ounces dry pasta
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cheese, like cheddar or cheddar-jack
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 cup (or a handful) fresh baby spinach, chopped

Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet (one with a lid) over medium to medium-high heat, and add the smoked sausage. Saute until browned well — if you need a little oil because it starts to stick, add a drizzle. Remove from the pan, and set aside.
  2. In the same skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil and onion. Saute until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add the broth, and scrape the pan to loosen any browned bits.
  4. Add the diced tomatoes, water, dry pasta, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine well.
  5. Bring the mixture to a simmer, add the lid, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is cooked through, about 15 minutes.
  6. Stir in the shredded cheese, red pepper flakes if using, and the spinach. Stir to combine until the cheese is melted.
  7. Return the sausage to the pan and stir to combine.
  8. Serve right away!

Notes

  • You have so much flexibility with this dish. Don’t love cooked spinach? Toss in peas! You can also add different kinds of cheese or use different shaped pasta.
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: easy dinner, sausage, pasta, skillet dinner

One pot cheesy sausage pasta is a decadent and rich one-pot meal, full of melty cheese and bites of summer sausage, and perfect for an easy meal at home when you don't want a lot of cleanup!

One pot cheesy sausage pasta is a decadent and rich one-pot meal, full of melty cheese and bites of summer sausage, and perfect for an easy meal at home when you don't want a lot of cleanup!

 

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Cheesy, hearty, and packed full of veggies and summer sausage, this one pot cheesy sausage pasta is the perfect simple weeknight meal that everyone will love!

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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