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.


*Adapted from Kevin & Amanda and 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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  1. 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!

  2. 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).

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!!

  6. 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.

  7. 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 :)

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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!!!

  11. 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.

  12. Kelsey says

    Made this tonight – my fiance looved it. I threw in some peas that were left over in the fridge.
    Thanks for sharing!!!

  13. maddie k says

    tried this last night- it was incredible! i played around with the recipe a bit however and made more pasta to feed my family of five and thus increased the amount of chicken broth. i used less onion as well, and waaaay more cheese than the recipe instructed (which is more to my liking, lol). it turned out amazing though, and i used sausage with a spice which gave it amazing flavor with the garlic and onions!! yum!

  14. Becky says

    Made this last night with chicken!! I used a whole bag of grilled chicken breast strips the frozen ones. It is over a pound… I cooked the frozen chicken a little, it is already pre cooked, and added half a box of mini bow ties. When all ingredients were in skillet I noticed the pasta needed more liquid so I added more stock and cream till pasta was just covered but not submerged. It came out really good! Needed salt, but my husband cannot tolerate salt so that worked out good! If it was too runny I had planned on spooning out some liquid however that was not necessary!!

  15. Crystal says

    I want to see if I can use this in a freezer meal swap group I’m part of. Would I cook it as directed, cool and freeze in a gal bag, then instruct ladies to reheat in skillet? Do you think it would work to do it like that?

  16. Krystyna says

    I normally don’t leave comments but this meal was incredible. My entire family loved it. We used milk rather than heavy cream and used mild cheddar instead of cheddar-jack but wow! This was a total winner; thank you for sharing.

  17. Rita says

    Made this to tonight!!! My husband usually doesn’t like pasta but I thought I would give it one more shot with this dish…and I finally found a winner!!! Had a little more liquid then we would have liked but we used it to our advantage and dipped our garlic bread in it!!! :) so glad I found this….will be adding it into our rotation!!

  18. says

    Attempted this dish for the first time today. It came out great and is delious. Everyone in my family really enjoyed it and even took seconds.

  19. Ciara says

    I want to make this for dinner tonight but my family won’t eat it with the tomatoes in it, if I leave the tomatoes out should I add more broth?? Thanks!!

  20. Susan T says

    This was REALLY amazing! Loved all the flavors.. it does need a few minutes at the end to simmer uncovered to thicken up. Also, added some diced green and red bell pepper when cooking the onion down – gave extra flavor and color. Thank you for sharing this super simple recipe!

  21. Faith says

    This is a staple in our house now! I like to add spinach to it and whatever other veggies I have on hand. I love that you can adapt the recipe to whatever you have on hand and that it’s so quick!

  22. Linda Burke says

    Hi Kristin! I made your one-pot cheesy smoked sausage pasta for the family this evening and it was a huge hit! The kids simply said, “mom, this is a keeper”, so we’ll definitely be having it again. Thank you so much for sharing!

  23. Andrea says

    Yum!! I made this a few days ago and wasn’t sure what to expect. I accidentally bought hot (spicy) smoked sausage. Made with jalapeños. Not just regular smoked sausage like the package that was sitting above it was when I grabbed two. Oops! So I went on a search to use it up. Came across this one and went for it. I didn’t change anything except for the type of sausage I used and I cut it into smaller pieces. It was great! I usually have a complaint about everything I make, (even when it is good and my husband really likes it) but not this time. ( husband likes my cooking and is so happy when I actually tell him a meal is good and not make comments about “next time I will…”) He loved it and told me not to change a thing. It definitely had heat to it. Good, spicy heat! I liked it so much that I went to the same store to get more while it was fresh in my mind and they didn’t have it. Ugh! But, I will keep looking and will make again soon. Thanks for the recipe. A new favorite to add to my list!!

  24. Elizabeth says

    This was AMAZING!!!!!! I ate 2 helpings and my 2 and 3 year olds LOVED it. So good and SO EASY. Turned out perfect.

  25. yolanda says

    This was really yummy. There were no leftovers. I did do half a box of pasta and increased liquid to accommodate that. I felt it had enough liquid. I did add some Creole seasoning and I had a small amount of bacon so that went in too. I snuck in the cheese as my youngest doesn’t like it. He never noticed haha. Next time I may leave out sausage and do shrimp instead. This is going on file!! Thank you

  26. Jimena K says

    Just made this… I skipped the onion, cheese, and scallions. But it was amazing! We finished the whole pot of it :) I’m def making this again!

  27. Rosanna says

    This was delish!! My husband even asked if I pinned it so we can make it again :)
    Reminded us of Chicken Bow Tie Festival from Carinos

  28. LaDonna says

    First, for all of your who commented on this post AFTER you tried the recipe…thank you so much! I’m so tired of looking for recipes and looking at the comments below to see if the recipe was worth trying or not and then finding people just commenting, “oh yum I need to try this”, or “wow this looks good”.
    Secondly, this was REALLY good and so quick and easy! I used turkey sausage, which I won’t do again because it tasted like I just used hot dogs, but that’s just what I had on hand. I also used Hunt’s fire roasted tomatoes with garlic, because I’m addicted to those rather then just plain diced tomatoes, and it adds a little bit more flavor to the recipe. Everyone in my house loved it! Hubby, 5 y.o. boy, 2 y.o. girl, and myself of course. Thanks for posting this very quick and easy recipe that my whole family enjoyed!

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