One Pot Cheesy Smoked Sausage & Pasta Skillet

I am so excited to share this cheesy sausage skillet with you today! One pot meals are my favorite, and this one has just topped the list! Savory smoked sausage, creamy melted cheese, fragrant garlic, onions and tomatoes…all come together in a one skillet meal that is sure to please everyone in the family! 

One Pot Cheesy Smoked Sausage and Pasta Skillet - A 20 minutes meal that cooks all in one pot for less mess and goes quickly from stove to table!

 The best part is it takes only about 20 minutes from start to finish. These one pot meals have become my go-to weeknight dinners. Pair with a salad and you’re good to go!

I love smoked sausage, and  it was perfect paired with the other flavors in this recipe. I can’t wait to create some more! I took advantage of the #Buy3Save3 deal at Vons and saved $3 when I bought three packages of Hillshire Farm meat. I’ve got two more packages and another recipe I’m itching to test out, so be sure to be on the lookout! You can get your own $3 coupon by visiting the Safeway Just for U website.

The steps for this recipe are quick and easy. Saute your Hillshire Farm Smoked Turkey Sausage with some onion and garlic, then add tomatoes, pasta, cream, chicken broth and seasons. It only takes about 15 minutes to cook – add some cheese and you’re good to go!

One Pot Cheesy Smoked Sausage and Pasta Skillet - A 20 minutes meal that cooks all in one pot for less mess and goes quickly from stove to table!

A lot of people ask what pan I use. I use my Simply Calphalon Nonstick 5-qt. Sauté Pan. It’s a great non-stick pan, it’s held up fabulously for years, and clean up is a snap! I recently purchased a Calphalon Tri-Ply Stainless Steel 12″ Everyday Pan and that one is just as fabulous. Both are perfect for my one pot meals.

On Pan Cheesy Smoked Sausage & Pasta Skillet


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb Hillshire Farm Smoked Turkey Sausage, sliced
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic (about two fresh cloves)
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup milk or heavy cream
  • 8 oz dry pasta (any small pasta will do)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper, each
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar-Jack cheese
  • 1/3 cup chopped scallions, for garnish


  1. Add olive oil to a 4-5 quart saute pan over medium high heat. Add onions and sausage and cook until lightly browned. Add garlic and cook for about 30 seconds.
  2. Add chicken broth, tomatoes, milk, pasta, and seasonings. Bring the mixture to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer for about 15 minutes, or until pasta is tender.
  3. Turn off the heat and stir in 1/2 cup of cheese. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top and cover for about five minutes to allow cheese to melt. Top with sliced scallions and serve.
  4. Makes about 4 servings.
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*Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen Simple Recipes Cookbook.
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If you enjoyed this recipe, you may also like some of my other one pot meals:


One Pot Mac & Cheese. This is the best recipe - it's creamy and rich and so flavorful because it actually cooks IN the sauce! Throw in your favorite cheeses and it's the perfect comforting meal.

One Pot Macaroni and Cheese

One Pot Cheesy Chicken Pasta

One Pot Chicken Spaghetti

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Hi! I'm Kristin and I'm the creative mind behind Yellow Bliss Road, where you'll find tons of recipes, free printables, and a little decor and DIY thrown in for good measure. Life can be complicated, so I am all about simplifying wherever I can - from food to decor to DIY - because I believe that it doesn't have to be elaborate or extravagant to be amazing. I am a single adoptive mom with a daughter in Preschool and a son in Kindergarten. My kids are a handful, I'm exhausted and most days my house is a mess - and I'm okay with that!


  1. Tonia says

    I made this tonight for my son – he loved it! Very good flavor and quick to get to the table! Thanks for the recipe.

  2. says

    His dish was really fast and easy. Made only one change because I dint have a can of diced tomatoes. So I add a can of rotel diced tomatoes and green chillies. Added a great kick to the pepper jack cheese

    • says

      Actually, Amanda didn’t create the dish, which she states in her post. It’s a recipe from a well known cookbook. Also, I did change a couple elements of the recipe.

      • none of your business says

        I really hate when I read blogs and everyone is complaining that the blogger didn’t give credit to the “original” creator. First of all, recipes are not trademarked. Second of all, it is the year 2013 and you can find one million variations of every recipe out there on the internet. And, third…. WHO CARES. Stop trying to bring people down and get over yourself. If you are so worried about it, then stop using the internet to find FREE recipes and BUY the cookbooks from the “original” creator.

        • Amanda says

          You said exactly the thing I’ve been thinking every single time I see someone complaining about not giving props to the “original” creator and whats more . . . You said it perfectly. When I used recipiezaar there was one certain person who went around so called “calling people out” on where the recipe actually came from. It was really irritating and made that person look like a petty know-it-all. If I were to post a recipe and someone copied it and posted it I would feel honored that they liked it enough to share. That is what food and cooking is all about to me sharing what makes me happy and well fed!

    • Kris says

      Actually Jamie, perhaps before running off at the mouth you should read the fine print…*Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen Simple Recipes Cookbook. I like to give credit to where I got the recipe from but chances are in this day and age no recipe is exactly original to any one author. Now that I’ve got that off my chest can you tell me Kristin, are the tomatoes drained. Thank you very much…especially taking the time to share a wonderful recipe with us.

  3. Amanda says

    This looks great! I have 3 adult males, myself and an 8 year old to feed. Approximately how much does your recipe make?

  4. Lindsey says

    I made a this a couple of days ago using the From Valerie’s Kitchen recipe. It was a HUGE hit and soooo good! I added it to my own recipe book and menu planning.

  5. Tina Houle says

    Tried this to night, it was awesome. Didn’t have all the ingredients so I substituted. I used chicken sausage instead of turkey and I used Mozzarella instead of chedder jack. This was super simple and the family loved it. Thank You for sharing!

  6. Marisa says

    I just made this tonight, and it was so good I had to immediately respond. Hands down this is the best pasta dish I have ever made, and it’s super easy! Tastes like I went out to eat. One pot makes cleanup easier too. Thanks for the recipe. It will be a frequent quick fix on busy weeknights.

  7. Patricia says

    Ok, so I never comment on recipes that I try, even if I liked it, but: THIS. WAS. AMAZING. I left out the onions (hubby or I don’t like them), used Rotel instead of plain tomatoes and added mushrooms and frozen peas. IT WAS SO GOOD!!!!!! Thanks for the inspiration! I will definitely be playing around with this recipe A LOT! :) :)

  8. Cathy says

    With my usually 60+ hour work week and my boyfriend going to school full time and working nights full time, I like delicious, easy, and quick recipes for the weeknights. Leftovers are always appreciated as well. This dish fit the bill perfectly! Thank you.

  9. Kristin says

    So, I tried this meal tonight, with great success. I must say, I made a few alterations. I added more cream, more cheese, and a bit of accent, and I cooked it a bit longer. The kids loved it!! Thanks!!

  10. Amanda says

    I just made this an hour ago, and it tasted ah-mazing!! Thank you for posting this recipe! Definitely will be making this dish again! :)

  11. Tanisha Massie says

    I cooked the cheesy sausage pasta today for my jobs Christmas potluck and it was such a got. Thank You for the awesome recipe

  12. Natalie says

    I just made this tonight and it is delicious! I found the recipe via Pinterest. Thanks for the inspiration to try a new meal. I did add about 1/2 to 1 tsp. of basil.

  13. Kim says

    Hi, this recipe looks fabulous. I am reading from Australia and just wondered if the turkey sausage is a pre-cooked sausage. Thanks

  14. Rebecca says

    I made this tonight and it was wonderful! I waited to add the cream until the pasta cooked. I was skeptical about the turkey kielbasa but it was great. Thank you for the recipe, my husband raved about it!

  15. Laura says

    Yum!! This was excellent. I added mushrooms and spinach, and instead of diced tomatoes I used a small jar of roasted garlic salsa. Thanks for the recipe!

  16. Ashley says

    THIS WAS AMAZING!!! I NEVER post reviews about recipes, but my husband and I are currently eating this now and I couldn’t not tell you how incredible it is. I love it love it love it. I’m eating it as I type this. My husband won’t stop raving about it and he’s upset that there won’t be leftovers for his lunch tomorrow. Great recipe and thanks! I loved that it was one-pot!!!

  17. Lynnie says

    I just made this, but is it suppose to be a little soupy? Kids and Hubby said too much like soup. Next time, maybe less chicken broth.

  18. Lindsay says

    I just made this tonight and it was fantastic! My boyfriend doesn’t like any meat that is “pretending” to be a different meat , so he was skeptical of the turkey sausage. He is also not easily impressed by new recipes. So when he tried this and immediately said “mmm this is really good!”, I was really excited. We love it and will definitely make it again!

  19. Christina says

    Made this last night and it was great! We chopped up two tomatoes instead of canned tomatoes, and we added tons of spinach – it tasted great, and I almost think my leftovers taste even better today!

  20. Brianna says

    I don’t usually post reviews.. But I just have to say this was incredible! I was skeptical at first but was pleasantly surprised! I subbed fire roasted tomatoes with garlic and added a bit more cheese on top but it got rave reviews! Thanks for sharing!

  21. Christa says

    I did thicken ours a bit at the end with some corn starch, so I might suggest editing the ingredients to add draining the tomatoes, if desired.
    That being said: The whole family loved this amazing dish! My 5 and 2 year old kiddos gobbled it up, and my husband and I each had seconds! There was a small portion leftover in the pan, and as I was dishing it into some Tupperware, I told my husband “well, I feel bad because that’s just a tease of a taste for whoever gets this for lunch tomorrow!”

  22. says

    Made this for dinner tonight….WOW! Everyone in my family loved it! My very picky 5 year old (who decides to hate a new food each week–this week it’s been cheese) asked for seconds, I happily obliged ;)

    • says

      As stated in the recipe, it’s 8 oz of dry pasta, not one cup. While 8 oz. would be one cup in liquids measurements, this is actually the weight. Basically it’s half a box of dry pasta.

  23. Kim says

    This is delicious. I added a little bit of fresh jalapeno to the onions as I sauteed them. My family asks for this regularly now. Amazing and easy. Thank you!!!

  24. Betsy says

    This is a fantastic base recipe for variations! It’s so fun to see what ideas people have to mix it up. I followed most of the recipe, but added 28 oz can of petite diced tomatoes and creole seasoning!

  25. Becky says

    I made this for dinner tonight. The flavor was great: however, it was a little more liquid-y than I anticipated. I reviewed the comments above and think i determined “the error of my ways.” The measurement on the pasta refers to the weight and I used a 14 1/2 ounce can of diced tomatoes not the 10 oz. That being said my family enjoyed the meal -no leftovers. Thanks for sharing.

  26. Sheree says

    I really want to make this recipe but my husband doesn’t like chunks or pieces of tomato. Is there something else I can use I dead of diced tomatoes?

  27. Jon says

    Hi there! Thanks for sharing such a great recipe…I love it! This is my second time making it in two weeks…such an easy, inexpensive dish to make. I like how easy this is to alter to items you have on hand. Tonight, I’m using beef sausage that was on sale and I think I’ll to throw in some frozen peas for a pop of color. First round, I only had stewed tomatoes…I just diced them up and they added a nice flavor. Looking forward to cooking this more this summer.

  28. ashley says

    Our family loves this recipe, it’s so easy and delicious ! Instead of regular milk I use unsweetened coconut milk, coconut oil and brown rice pasta to make it a tad healthier for my taste and since I don’t like cooked pieces or whole tomatoes I swapped that out and used peas instead! This is now on our menu regularly!

  29. GirlWithGlasses says

    Googled a one pot sausage recipe and here I am! I don’t eat meat though so I crumbled some veggie breakfast patties. I also added carrots and peas. I also didn’t have any diced tomatoes but I had some crushed tomatoes in basil oregano and garlic and added that. I think it would have tasted a bit better if I had plain tomatoes but overall it was really good. Thanks for the recipe!

  30. Chasity says

    Thank you for sharing this recipe! It was so yummy! We have now added it to our list of meals for the month. My two year old gobbles it up too! I used milk instead of cream, and the only real change I did was added fresh spinach to the mix! It’s nice to find yummy recipes that don’t include cream of anything soups!

  31. Chasity says

    Thank you for sharing this recipe! It was so yummy! We have now added it to our list of meals for the month. My two year old gobbles it up too! I used milk instead of cream, and the only real change I did was added fresh spinach to the mix! It’s nice to find yummy recipes that don’t include cream of anything soups!

  32. Jenna says

    Thank you so much for sharing this delicious and amazingly easy recipe. As a pregnant mother of an 18-month-old, I need more recipes like this in my repertoire! My husband took one bite and said, “This one’s a keeper!” My daughter liked it, too. We didn’t have enough leftover so I made it again today. I can t wait to try out some of your other one pot wonders :)

  33. Melissa says

    The flavoring of this dish was delicious, but mine ended up with too much liquid. In reading previous comments I would amend to 14.5 oz Chicken Broth instead of 2 cups, half-box small pasta instead of 8 oz. and diced tomatoes (drained). I am going to try this again with the modifications. I used Rotel Tomatoes and Andouille Sausage for added spice. Thanks for this simple recipe!

  34. Jenny Blaylock says

    So delicious! My family loved it. I added some ground red chili to mine. Yum. maybe some chopped green chili next time (from my freezer stash).

  35. Lacy says

    Just made this recipe – soo amazing! It’s definitely being added in the meal rotation! I didn’t have any issue with it being too liquidy as others seem to have and I even used a larger can of tomatoes undrained (14 1/2 oz). Maybe it depends on the type of pasta? I used bowties like shown above and it turned out perfect!

  36. Kathy says

    I am sooooo making this tonight. It looks amazing. I am going to add a half of a Green pepper, only because I need to use it be for it ruins. I am sure it will still taste great.

  37. Gina says

    This was delicious! I used rotel instead to give it a little kick plus some chopped bacon and a couple different cheeses…perfect! Thanks for sharing!!

  38. Bren says

    I doubled the recipe for a church potluck and used one link of Eckrich smoked Sausage and one link of their jalapeño and cheese sausage. It wasn’t too hot, actually no heat at all from the sausage, and it all gave it great flavor. I got many compliments on this dish. I transfered it to a Pam sprayed crockpot and kept on warm heat. Thanks for the recipe.

  39. hannah says

    Hi, this looks uber yummy…just a quick question; do you drain the tomatoes? or do you put them in with the water in the can….thanks :)

  40. Jessica says

    I just had to tell you how much my husband and I loved this recipe! Made for dinner tonight and substituted Italian sausage, we will also add pepper jack cheese next time too. Soo good!

  41. Emma says

    My family loves this. It is my go to meal. I do call it my Oompa Loompa meal because at least one of my twins always looks like one afterward.

  42. Holly says

    This was amazing!!!!! Hubbs went back for seconds, and even ate some cold this morning bc he couldn’t wait to heat it! Will make again and again! Thank u!!!

  43. Michele W says

    This was unbelievably good! I did not expect it to be so tasty! I mixed up the cheeses a little, used cheddar, a mozzerella/parmesan blend and some leftover fontina I had. It was so yummy this will definetely be in my rotation! Thanks for the recipe.

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