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!
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Add the broth, and scrape the pan to loosen any browned bits.
- Add the diced tomatoes, water, dry pasta, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine well.
- Bring the mixture to a simmer, add the lid, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is cooked through, about 15 minutes.
- Stir in the shredded cheese, red pepper flakes if using, and the spinach. Stir to combine until the cheese is melted.
- Return the sausage to the pan and stir to combine.
- Serve right away!
- 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