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Creamy, cheesy, spicy and savory, this One Pot Cheesy Sausage Pasta meal has got it all!

Pan filled with Pasta and Sausage

This cheesy smoked sausage pasta skillet recipe is one of our favorite One Pot Meals. 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.

Love meals with smoked sausage? Be sure to try our Instant Pot Jambalaya with Shrimp and Sausage or Smoked Sausage and Potato Sheet Pan Dinner.

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Cheesy Sausage Pasta Recipe 

One Pot Meals are the best for busy families like mine because they are simple, come together in a flash and require minimal equipment and clean up. Some of our favorite one pot meals are One Pot Chicken SpaghettiOne Pot Creamy Chicken and Noodles and this One Pot Cheesy Smoked Sausage Pasta.

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 garden salad and you’re good to go!

I love smoked sausage, and it was perfectly paired with the other flavors in this recipe.

sausage, butterfly pasta, cheese sauce and tomatoes

Ingredients for Smoked Sausage Pasta

  • Smoked Turkey Sausage – Any smoked sausage will work, like beef or pork or a kielbasa. 
  • Diced Onion – To add flavor with the sausage.
  • Minced Garlic – Fresh garlic is best, but you can also use jarred minced garlic. 
  • Chicken Broth – I always buy the low sodium broth so I can control the salt. 
  • Rotel – Tomatoes with green chiles to add some heat. You can use just regular tomatoes if you want to keep it mild and more kid friendly. 
  • Heavy Cream – For the sauce. 
  • Small Pasta – Like rotini, penne, or farfalle. 
  • Cheddar-Jack Cheese – I like to use the mixture of jack and cheddar, but either will work. 
  • Green Onions – for garnish.

How to Make One Pot Cheesy Smoked Sausage Pasta

See recipe card below for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

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  • The steps for this recipe are quick and easy so you can bring it to your dinner table fast. Saute your Hillshire Farm Smoked Turkey Sausage (or any brand will do) with some onion and garlic, then add a can of Rotel diced tomatoes, pasta, cream, chicken broth, and seasons. It only takes about 15 minutes to cook – add some cheese and you’re good to go!
  • Cook onions, garlic and smoked sausage in a large, deep saute pan and cook until lightly browned. 
  • Add chicken broth, Rotel tomatoes (or plain tomatoes, with or without chiles is your call), milk, pasta, and seasonings. Bring the mixture to a boil, cover it with the lid and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the sauce is thickened and the pasta is tender. 
  • Turn off the heat and stir in ½ cup of sharp cheddar cheese. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top and cover for about five minutes to allow cheese to melt. Feel free to use your favorite melty cheese, like Mozzarella or Jack. Pepper Jack would add even more heat so that’s another great option. 
smoked sausage and pasta in a creamy cheesy sauace


What is the best way to reheat pasta? 

Reheating pasta with a cheesy sauce in the microwave can be tricky. Add a couple of splashes of milk or cream per serving, then heat at 50% power for several minutes, stirring at one minute intervals. This will keep the sauce nice and creamy. There’s nothing worse than a cheese sauce that has become curdled and separated. If your pasta was not stored with a sauce, drizzle on a little olive oil before heating.

Does Smoked Sausage need to be cooked? 

This type of sausage has been smoked, which means it’s fully cooked in the process. There is no need to cook it again, but you may want to heat it up. 

What is the best way to cook smoked sausage? 

Smoked sausage is already fully cooked, so you aren’t really cooking it, but warming it up. The best way to do this is in a skillet so you can get some char and caramelization on the sides of the sausage. It adds a ton of flavor and really brings out the juiciness of the smoked sausage.

How To Serve and Variations

We love to serve this sausage pasta with a copycat Olive Garden Salad and maybe some fresh bread on the side. 

You could add your favorite veggies to the mix, like mushroomszucchini, bell peppers, or broccoli. Just saute with the onions and let cook fully with the pasta and sausage. 

Bring the heat even more by adding some red pepper flakes. Or, use a spicy andouille sausage instead.  

Storage and Reheating

Storage – Place leftovers in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days. 

Freezing – You can freeze this dish, but the cream might break down upon reheating so I don’t really recommend it.

Reheating – Thaw first if frozen. Reheat in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring each time, until hot. 

Helpful Tips

  • If there is still a lot of thin liquid, you can spoon some of that out before adding the cheese. You do need some liquid to create the sauce though, so keep that in mind. 
  • Green onions are a great garnish, but you could also use fresh parsley. 
  • Feel free to use whatever pastas you might have on hand, and don’t be afraid to mix and match. 
  • For an extra savory, salty component, add some bacon. 
One Pan Cheesy Sausage Pasta recipe has smoked sausage and pasta in a spicy, creamy sauce cooked in one pan for a quick weeknight meal.

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One Pan Cheesy Smoked Sausage Pasta Skillet

4.81 from 187 votes
One Pan Cheesy Smoked Sausage Pasta recipe has smoked sausage and pasta in a spicy, creamy sauce that’s all cooked in one pan for a quick weeknight meal.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 5 servings


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound Smoked Turkey Sausage sliced
  • 1 cup diced onion about 1 medium onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic about 2-3 fresh cloves
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 10-ounce can diced tomatoes (with or without chiles) (like rotel)
  • 1/2 cup milk or heavy cream
  • 8 ounces dry pasta like rotini, penne or farfalle
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar-Jack cheese
  • 1/3 cup sliced scallions for garnish
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  • Add olive oil to a 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.
  • Add chicken broth, tomatoes (undrained), 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 and most of the liquid is absorbed.
  • Turn off the heat and stir in ½ 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. (You could also broil for a couple of minutes to melt the cheese).


This recipe will serve 4-6 people.
If there is still a lot of thin liquid, you can spoon some of that out before adding the cheese. You do need some liquid to create the sauce. 
Storage – Place leftovers in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days.
Freezing – You can freeze this dish, but the cream might break down upon reheating so I don’t really recommend it.
Reheating – Thaw first if frozen. Reheat in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring each time, until hot.
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Calories: 526kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 27gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 116mgSodium: 1350mgPotassium: 277mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 590IUVitamin C: 10.7mgCalcium: 251mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of “Yellow Bliss Road” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.

*Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen Simple Recipes Cookbook. For a complete list of recipes on the site, be sure to go here.

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. MitchellsOnTheRoad says:

    We first made this one pot meal 4 years ago while traveling the US via RV- it was a huge hit with both the kids and adults! 4 Years later it’s still on regular rotation, and every family we’ve introduced it to on the road has loved it.

    1. Kristin says:

      That’s awesome Mitchells! Awesome feedback, thanks for stopping by.

  2. Miriam Jones says:

    Creamy cheese smoked sausage dinner looks good. And quick. Just what I need

  3. Jayme Morton says:

    Made this for my family tonight. My kids will not eat anything if they see a tomato so I ran the tomatoes through a food processor first. I think it added extra liquid so I’d cut back on the chicken broth a bit next time. Sadly, my kids still didn’t eat it. My husband and I enjoyed it but felt it needed a bit more seasoning. A sprinkle of Cajun seasoning on the top really took it to the next level!!

    1. Shelene Boehm says:

      Very tasty! Easy to make!

  4. Peggy says:

    This recipe is easy and really adaptable to add-ins. I roasted a sheet pan-full of chopped brocolli, chopped cauliflower, sliced carrots and green peppers and added it with the pasta for a more-balanced meal. The pan was pretty crowded, but it still came out great.

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Thanks for stopping by Peggy.

    2. Angie says:

      Could I cook the pasta separately and then mix all together at the end?

      1. Kristin Maxwell says:

        Not with this specific recipe because the liquid cooks the pasta.

  5. Beverly says:

    Love this making it right now

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Thanks for stopping by Beverly.

  6. Ian says:

    I was just in the mood for pasta tonight, and I knew there was a smoked sausage link in the fridge. Found this recipe and I was sold at RoTel. Plus, I realized I had everything I needed in the pantry already!

    I substituted sour cream for the heavy cream, and I didn’t have any scallions, but otherwise I just followed the recipe. The wife and I decided this is definitely a recipe to make again. Next time I will add some more vegetables.

    1. Kristin says:

      Love the feedback Ian! Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Lisa says:

    I was trying to find something to do with a box of mac and cheese & smoked sausage…used your recipe, added some Velveeta and Colby cheese with the cheese sauce. I used rotel and the rest of your ingredients, added broccoli…yum yum!

    1. Kristin says:

      Awesome feedback Lisa! Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Jill bonilla says:

    Ok, so I had everything but the tomatoes. I had pato sauce so I used 1/2 cup of that instead. I added 1 cup heavy cream to make the sauce a little milder, and a little more bow ties.. I will follow the recipe to tee next time.. This was so amazingly good that my son ran to the store to get more kielbasa because the kids (teenagers) polished it off before I could even get it to the table.. absolutely delish!

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Awesome feedback Jill, thanks for stopping by.

  9. Michelle says:

    OMG this recipe is absolutely amazing. My family loves it. I wish I can give more than 5 stars. Only thing I’ve added was Cajun Seasoning to give it a more more kick. What can I say we a spicy kinda family 😊

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Love to hear it Michelle!

  10. Elizabeth Burke says:

    It’s very tasty – needs some flavor kick. Maybe some fire roasted tomatoes instead of plain? Or some hot sauce in the final steps?

    Also, my sauce is very….saucy. But that’s not a complaint. Just an observation.

    My kid lived it so that’s a win for me! I’ll definitely save this recipe and play with the flavor for next time.

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Hi Elizabeth, so glad you liked it! Yes as I stated you could use Rotel tomatoes instead, that’s very good too. And you could cut back the chicken broth a little if it’s too saucy.

  11. Kayla Bernard says:

    How much seasoning do you use? I don’t want it to be too salty.

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Hi Kayla, Since saltiness can be relative, I tend to let people choose for themselves. Start with 1/4 teaspoon and then taste and add more if needed after it’s cooked.

  12. Derek V says:

    Awesome flavor! I seasoned with Slap Your Mama instead of salt and pepper, and used bow tie pasta ‘cause that’s all I had. Next time I’ll use a Cajun sausage instead of smoked. All that said, it’s awesome as is tho!!

    1. Kristin says:

      Love your feedback Derek! Thanks for stopping by.

    2. Kayla says:

      How much seasoning did you use?

  13. Veronica Long says:

    So very good! Really enjoyed this recipe🙂

    1. Kristin says:

      Thank you Veronica!

  14. calilawprof says:

    Absolutely amazing. Looks like an ordinary skillet dinner but it has a depth of flavor that is a terrific surprise. It is an easy dish to make because most of the items are in my kitchen all the time and some easily substitute — like beef stock with a little red wine instead of chicken stock.

    1. Kristin says:

      Awesome Feedback calilawprof! Thanks so much for stopping by.

  15. Candace says:

    Really good…made it exactly as called for. I did garnish with tortilla strips like the ones they sell next to the croutons (favorite Italian restaurant does this to a similar dish). Definitely going on the meal plan rotation.

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Thanks for stopping by Candace!

  16. Donalda Harper says:

    I made this for supper and it’s delicious. However I had to guess at how much of the ingredients to use because the recipe doesn’t say.

    1. Donalda Harper says:

      I just found the ingredients list with measurements.🤦

  17. Laura says:

    This has easily become one of our family’s favorite weeknight meals. Everyone enjoys it, plus it’s quick, easy, and has everything you need for a complete meal. I usually add more veggies than it calls for (mushrooms, carrots, broccoli, edamame, tomatoes, chopped spinach or Swiss chard are some favorites). I’ve found that in order for it to come out right, you really need to watch your ratio of liquid to pasta. Most boxes of pasta have more than 8oz.

    1. Kristin says:

      Love the feedback Laura! Thanks for stopping by.

  18. Courtney says:

    We’re based in the UK and not sure if the measurements are the same, but this was amazing! I had to add extra liquid but again that might be a UK measurements difference. It will definitely be a constant in our household. Even my picky eater smashed it, she loves it and asked for seconds (that doesn’t happen often!) Honestly so good, thank you x

    1. Kristin says:

      You are so welcome Courtney! Love the feedback, thanks for stopping by

  19. Rose says:

    This was so quick, creamy, and delicious! I used rotini, cheesy sausage, added a chopped pepper, and about a tablespoon of Tony’s Cajun seasoning. It was a bit spicy for me, so I cut that with sour cream. Next time I’ll do half a tablespoon of Tony’s and some extra veggies. Even my picky eater enjoyed it. 🙂

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Awesome feedback Rose! Thanks for stopping by.

  20. Stewart says:

    This was absolutely AMAZING!! I made it tonight and followed directions to a T, and it was sooo good! I love that it’s a one pot meal! Super easy and plenty of leftovers! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe! 😁🫶🏼

    1. Kristin says:

      You are so welcome Stewart! Awesome feedback, thanks for stopping by.

  21. Libby Holsclaw says:

    Great flavor so easy!! And you can add other veggies you like. I will be sharing this recipe.

    1. Kristin says:

      Love your feedback, Libby! Thank you so much for stopping by and for sharing the love.

  22. Mollie says:

    We all love this recipe in my family, and I extra love it because it’s a great recipe to use up the deer sausage & my kid loves it. Tonight though, after getting back in from out of town, I was really scrounging for something to make and used the Mac & Cheese elbow noodles & even some of the cheese powder & it was honestly so good lol
    Thanks for a true quick & easy dinner recipe.
    Sometimes I throw in corn or even garbanzo beans, bc why not, & found out you can literally put any vegetable in this dish & your kids will still eat it up without really noticing! 😆

    1. Kristin says:

      You are so welcome Mollie! Thank you for the awesome feedback.

  23. Sandy Langreck says:

    Sooooo good!!. I used cherry tomatoes cut in half and 3 jalapeños sliced and added 1 cup more broth and another cup of headbutt cream. Only because I didn’t have canned tomatoes. Thank you!!

    1. Kristin says:

      You are so welcome Sandy! Thanks for stopping by.

  24. Kelli says:

    This recipe is fabulous! One our favorites to make. Not only is it easy but delicious. I add red,green, and yellow bell peppers to add a vegetable. It goes really well with it. Thank you for this wonderful and delicious recipe!

    1. Kristin says:

      You are so welcome Kelli! Awesome feedback, Thanks for stopping by.

  25. Kara says:

    This recipe is a family favorite! I usually use some type of smoked sausage (applewood chicken, beef kielbasa,etc) but I recently used 4 left over grilled beer brats and it turned out soo good I had to share!

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! That’s awesome Kara, thanks for stopping by.

  26. Alexa says:

    I made this tonight to use up some items in my fridge and what a banger!! I took some advice from other comments and added some cornstarch/water slurry, added some Cajun seasoning and stirred in all the cheese. 13/10 will make again, maybe with different meat!

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Awesome feedback Alexa. Thanks for stopping by.

  27. Susan says:

    Made as written and it was easy to put together and so yummy!

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Thanks for stopping by Susan.

  28. Matt M. says:

    I love this dish. It’s very easy to make, and is super delicious. My only question is, how thick/thin is the sauce supposed to be? Each time I’ve made it, the sauce has been very thin. I’ve added more cheese to try and thicken it up a bit, but it didn’t help much. Would it be helpful to make a rue while sauteing the sausage and onion? Or would you recommend adding a small amount of cornstarch and water to thicken it up?

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Cornstarch and water would be the best solution if you’ve got too much liquid. The other option would be to spoon some liquid out before adding the cheese.

  29. Kate says:

    This is one of our regular recipes. We use Velveeta instead of shredded cheese sometimes and is Soo good

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Thanks for stopping by Kate!

  30. Cath says:

    Delicious! My entire family loved this, it was fast and super tasty.

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Thanks for stopping by Cath. (Love the feedback)

  31. Ashley Bee says:

    Made this tonight and it is SO GOOD! I love how easy it was and only 1 pan! Thank you for this recipe! Will absolutely make again

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Thank you for the feedback Ashley.

  32. Sharon says:

    Love this recipe, simple yet great flavors.

    1. Kristin says:

      Thank you Sharon!

  33. Sheila says:

    This was awesome, I added sauteed chicken and about 2 oz. of cream cheese for a thicker sauce. My husband loved it. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Kristin says:

      You are so welcome Sheila! Thank you for your feedback.

  34. Shay says:

    This was AWESOME!! My whole family, especially my husband loves it. I didn’t have Rotel, so I used a can of chopped green chiles with a little extra broth and it turned out great. Thank you so much for the recipe!!!!

    1. Kristin says:

      You are so welcome Shay! Love the feedback, thanks for stopping by.

  35. C Arbon says:

    As other reviewers have said, I was a little skeptical about the cream with the tomatoes in the recipe. But I gave it a try and it was a delicious surprise. The only thing I changed was to Lactaid whole milk with a little cornstarch instead of heavy cream and my smoked sausage was turkey. I’ll definitely be keeping this recipe.

    1. Kristin says:

      Awesome feedback C Arbon! Thanks for stopping by.

  36. Sharon says:

    I added some shredded cabbage & slightly more liquid because of the cabbage. It was delicious.

    1. Kristin says:

      Awesome feedback Sharon! Thank you so much for stopping by.

  37. Kelly says:

    I was looking for a new way to fix the smoked turkey sausage I bought… this was GREAT! The measurements were spot on, the taste was great! I had all the ingredients already in my kitchen. Two things I’ll do different next time: I only had egg noodles- so I’ll try a different pasta, and I’ll try it with just diced tomatoes instead of Rotel. My daughter said it was a little spicy (she’s 8!). But me and the hubs loved it! Thanks for the new meal idea!

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Hi Kelly, Thanks for the rave review! Egg noodles probably got a little mushy because they cook much faster than regular pasta. You can definitely use regular diced tomatoes because it is a little spicy with the Rotel.

  38. Jill Bonilla says:

    Made this last night for dinner. it was Delish!! Even my son who doesn’t really like pasta to much absolutely loved this! we made with a side of roasted Brussell sprouts and a salad .. Will be putting this in my go to recipes!

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Thanks for stopping by Jill.

  39. Carla says:

    Made this with gluten-free noodles as my daughter doesn’t tolerate the regular wheat pasta. It was easy and delicious, whole family loved it. I think I’ll try the “mild” Rotel next time as it was plenty spicy for our tastes. But I will be making it again. Thanks

    1. Kristin says:

      You are so welcome Carla! Thanks for stopping by.

  40. Patrice says:

    I’d LL I’ve to try this recipe but doesn’t give directions of how much of each ingredient to use.

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Hi Patrice – you can find the full recipe ingredients and instructions in the recipe card at the bottom of the post. Just need to scroll down, or you can use the jump to recipe button at the top of the post.

  41. Janet Matlock says:

    I just tried this recipe and it turned out good
    I needed a quick meal to fixed and something different so I googled what to do with smoke sausage and this one popped up so I tried it thank a lot I can’t wait until the next family cook out I’ll going to make this and I might add something green to it! Love it

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Thanks for stopping by Janet.

  42. Kristen Pope says:

    What a great find! I needed something quick, easy, tasty and filling. I’m at home with health issues and I usually get my meals delivered but delivery is in a few days. It’s been a while since I’ve made something for myself. I came across this recipe and I am very pleased with the results. I love the one pan idea. I would’ve made a mess but my dinner was a success with no mess and I have leftovers. Thank you so much.
    – Kristen in Ohio

    1. Kristin says:

      You are so welcome Kristen from Ohio! Thank for the kind words and awesome feedback!

  43. Amber P says:

    This was so unbelievably easy & good! I added a slurry towards the end to thicken the sauce. 1 tsp cornstarch mixed with 2teaapooons water.

    1. Kristin says:

      Love the feedback Amber! Thanks for stopping by.

  44. Tosha says:

    I started making this when my son was 2-3 years old! He’s 9 now and it’s his favorite meal! He asks for it every week 🥰 Yum!!

    1. Kristin says:

      That’s so awesome Tosha! Thank you for stopping by.

  45. Kristine Pennington says:

    I always make this with a can of Rotel tomatoes with green chiles – absolutely delicious!!!

  46. Jessie says:

    Would this worked doubled in a 5qt as well?

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Hi Jessie, it fills the 5 quart about 3/4 of the way, so it probably wouldn’t work to double it.

  47. Angie says:

    Great family dinner. We have late dinner due to kids sports and this recipe is quick and delicious. I substitute tomatoes and turkey with tomato sauce and Italian sausage. Very yummy and kids love it! Thank you so much for this recipe.

    1. Kristin says:

      You are so welcome Angie! Thanks for the awesome feedback.

  48. Matt says:

    I’ve had this pinned for a long time, but I forgot about it until today. I made it using the cream and Rotel options and it was delicious! I love the little bit of heat the Rotel adds. The one thing I missed was the note about removing some of the liquid, so mine wasn’t as thick as it could have been.

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Thanks for stopping Matt.

  49. Yvonne says:

    Made this keeper today. Very good & it made a lot. Added marojam & basil but followed the recipe beyond that. I used hot rotel & it was spicy. Will use regular diced tomatoes next time.

    1. Kristin says:

      Fantastic feedback Yvonne! Thanks for stopping by.

      1. Patti says:

        I’ve made this recipe so many times! We eat it at least once a month. The first time I made it my husband literally High-fived me! I usually use original Rotel and andoullie sausage for some extra kick! Making it tonight a little less spicy so my 5 year old can eat with us. We love this so much that I have shared the recipe with friends and family!

        1. Kristin says:

          Awesome feedback Patti! Thank you for passing the love around.

  50. renee says:

    This was sooooo good… I preferred it with out cheese, But Hubby liked it with cheese

  51. Sherri B. says:

    Can this recipe be frozen? Would anything be done differently?

  52. Mandy says:

    I’ve been making this for awhile now. Just love it. Don’t usually leave reviews, but this is delicious.

    1. Kristin says:

      Love the feedback Mandy! Thank you so much for stopping by.

      1. Kristen J says:

        Our family loves this recipe! I’ve made it around 6 times and it has become a super easy, go-to recipe for us. When I make it I use Italian sausage, basil and oregano seasonings, and some Italian blend cheeses. I also throw in some chopped spinach to add some green and omit the scallions. It tastes AMAZING every time!

        1. Kristin says:

          Sounds delicious Kristen! Love the awesome feedback. Thanks for stopping by.

  53. Desiree Williams says:

    I’ve been making this dish every other week for about the last year. Tonight I finally made time to leave a review! When I first found the recipe it was actually my husband that convinced me to try it. I wasn’t sure about the milk and tomatoes, but I’m so glad we tried it. The flavor in this recipe is scrumptious! We, of course, personalize the recipe a bit. I typically double the recipe for lunch the next day (using a large electric skillet) so we do a can of Rotel and a can of regular diced tomatoes to keep the heat down for our little one. My husband just adds crushed red pepper to his for more spice. This recipe is fantastic and I’m so glad to have an easy dish for our regular rotation!

    1. Kristin says:

      Desiree, Thank you so much for taking the time to share this awesome feedback. We are honored to be in your rotation for the last year.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  54. Angela G. says:

    I didn’t remember to spoon out the extra liquid so this did turn out with a lot of “soupiness” to it, but honestly it tasted so good, I didn’t mind at all! We just ate it with big spoons 🙂

    1. Kristin says:

      Awesome feedback Angela! Thanks for stopping by.

  55. Hayley Paterson says:

    Hi, I’m going to make this lovely recipe!
    Can you please tell me how many this recipe should feed? Thank you.

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Hi Hayley, this recipe will make 4-6 servings. It feeds my family of 5 well.

  56. Keith Watling says:

    Awesome. Thank you

    1. Kristin says:

      You are so welcome Keith! Thanks for stopping by.

  57. Keith Watling says:

    Do you cook the sausage first? Because as I read this it doesn’t look like they’ll be cooked enough. Looks fantastic though.

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Smoked sausage is already fully cooked when you purchase it.

    2. Keith Watling says:

      Oh. Must have missed that. Thanks. Gonna try it tonight with Applewood smoked sausage.

      1. Kristin Maxwell says:

        I love applewood smoked sausage. Enjoy!

  58. Suzy says:

    So good and so easy! Husband loved it and the leftovers were amazing!

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Thanks for stopping by Suzy.

  59. Robin Worth says:

    So yummy! This is now a staple in our house!
    Definitely use cream as opposed to milk and we use the farfalle pasta. Also like the tomatoes with Italian seasoning in them and add way more garlic!!

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Awesome feedback Robin! Thanks for stopping by.

  60. Jodi Gaumer says:

    This was awesome! I added quartered zucchini slices to health it up!

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Thanks for stopping Jodi.

  61. Natalie M. says:

    I’ve made this recipe many, many times. It goes into our monthly rotation of dinners. This delicious recipe is a hit both with the kids and the adults. I’ve improvised here and there, depending on what I have on hand. I do always add in some kind of veggie. Tonight I added chopped fresh asparagus, but other nights I’ve added chopped green beans, broccoli, red pepper, or shredded carrots (always trying to sneak some veggies in for the children). Thank you for posting this recipe! It is a perfect for a busy evening and I love that it is only 1 pot!

    1. Kristin says:

      Awesome feedback Natalie! Thank you so much for stopping by.

  62. Destiny listman says:

    Do you cook the pasta first?

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Nope! It cooks in the liquid you’ll add to the skillet.

  63. Michelle R. says:

    I have made this recipe so many times and don’t think I’ve ever left it a review. It’s wonderful the way you gave it written but I have changed the meat, broth, and spices to work with what I have on hand and it has still never let me down. The kids always enjoy it as do my husband and I. Excellent recipe for a busy night or when the cupboards are running a little low. Thank you!

    1. Kristin says:

      You are so welcome Michelle! Awesome feedback, thanks for stopping by.

  64. Tia says:

    This recipe was awesome! I used Mexican cheese because it was all i had and it was absolutely delicious and so cheap and easy! Can this recipe be doubled?

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      It would be difficult to double because it it would need a much larger pan. Deeper pots don’t always work as well. You could try it in a large, deep dutch oven, and it would probably work but might not have the same quality.

  65. Monna Lainson says:

    We were unsure at first, but we loved it Hubby gave his classic response to something he really likes: “You can fix this again sometime.” LOL Thanks for a great recipe!

    1. Kristin says:

      You are so welcome Monna! Thanks for stopping by.

  66. marsha church says:

    great dish i added some peas carrots and green peppers

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Thanks for stopping by Marsha.

  67. Doug says:

    Absolutely delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Kristin says:

      You are so welcome Doug! Thanks for stopping by.

  68. Caro says:

    Cheers for the recipe. I was stuck for ideas for dinner as I only had odds and ends in my cupboards, but I had all of these ingredients except instead of turkey sausage I had smoked pork sausage, and I only had plain cheddar cheese, but it still turned out awesome. I added a little paprika and chilli flakes to give it a Spanish paella feel, worked a treat!

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Thank you Caro for the awesome feedback.

  69. Ann says:

    My husband found this recipe a couple years ago. We love it. The sauce is so good when you cook the pasta in it. We use 4-pepper Ekrich sausage and hot Rotel tomatoes to give it extra spice. Very good.

    1. Kristin says:

      Awesome feedback Ann! Thank you so much for stopping by.

  70. Tiffany says:

    What an easy, fantastic recipe!! It was definitely a hit in my house! The only change I made was I used fire roasted, crushed tomatoes instead of the rotel (we have some picky eaters that don’t like tomatoes or spicy things). I will make this again and try adding mushrooms to it.

    1. Kristin says:

      Hi Tiffany, awesome feedback. Thank you so much for stopping by.

  71. Becca says:

    So simple and can be turned into an Italian inspired dish easily (because my children won’t eat most “spicy” things). I subbed tomatoes with basil and garlic for the Rotel and used mozzarella cheese. It was gone in one sitting and they asked if it could go in the rotation! That’s a winner!

    1. Kristin says:

      Awesome feedback Becca! Thank you so much for stopping.

  72. Rachael Isaacson says:

    This recipe is delicious. With the onion, I added fresh mushrooms and green bell peppers. I used cheddar and pepper jack cheese. This recipe is definitely a keeper.

    1. Kristin says:

      Awesome feedback Rachael! Thanks for stopping by.

  73. Nikki says:

    Tasty and easy so a perfect addition to our weeknight rotation. I used smoked sausage, heavy cream, mild rotel & farmhouse style mexican blend cheese. Everyone enjoyed it, kids included. Next time I’ll try out some veggies in it! I’m eating leftovers right now for lunch and it’s still yummy.

    1. Kristin says:

      Awesome feedback Nikki! Thanks for stopping by.

  74. Christine @ myblissfulmess says:

    The kids and I enjoyed this cheesy sausage pasta dish. I used turkey kielbasa, 1% milk and reduced-fat Mexican blend cheese to make it healthier. It came out so yummy! What little leftovers there were reheated perfectly for lunch the next day.

    1. Kristin says:

      Hi Christine, Thank you so much for the awesome feedback.

  75. Susan says:

    Sorry, didn’t see the stars. Here you go!

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:


  76. Susan says:

    Good, easy recipe for weeknights. Mine was a little watery and the recipe I used said “still in cheese”. Wasn’t sure what that meant so put in all the cheese and it melted in the sauce. Tasty!

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Hi Susan, Glad you enjoyed the meal. Can you tell me where you saw the “still” because I checked and in both spots I saw it says “stir.” Also I added a note at the end of the recipe about the liquid. I hope you give it a try again!

  77. Marilyn Groneng says:

    This easy One Pot meal was AMAZING!! Although the recipe said it feeds 5, 3 of us nearly polished it off! My son asked that we put the rest in the refrigerator in the garage so he doesn’t eat the remainder tonight! Thank you for such a quick and easy recipe. I subscribe to your site and will be watching your recipes much more closely!! YUMMY!!

    1. Kristin says:

      You are so welcome Marilyn! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your positive feedback.

  78. Carolynn says:

    This was delish!! I used a combo of rotini and elbows bc that’s what I had on hand.
    Made it just as directed, using mozzarella at the end (again, what I had on hand!)
    Very good, easy and satisfying. Served next to a simple salad – lettuce salad as my grandma used to say LOL
    Thank you!

    1. Kristin says:

      You are so welcome Carolynn! Thanks for sharing your positive feedback.

  79. Carolynn says:

    This was delish!! I used a combo of rotini and elbows bc that’s what I had on hand.
    Made it just as directed, using mozzarella at the end (again, what I had on hand!)
    Very good, easy and satisfying. Served next to a simple salad – lettuce salad as my grandma used to say LOL
    Thank you!

  80. Patie Bass says:

    This was pretty awesome. My beloved husband doesn’t care for Eckrich or sausage but he loved this so much he had 3 servings. We did cook our pasta separately and doesn’t hurt a thing. Add garlic bread and salad and you have a sure fit winner.

    1. Kristin says:

      Hi Patie, so glad you guys loved it. thank you so much for sharing your positive feedback.

  81. Mrs. Taylor says:

    We made this for dinner a year or so ago and loved it, but then we misplaced the recipe. So glad to have found it again. Making it for dinner tonight.

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      I’m glad you found it too! 🙂

  82. Monica Jefferies says:

    My family LOVED this! Used cheddar jalapeño sausage and it added just the right amount of kick!

  83. Cherri Glonek says:

    My family loves smoked sausage, too, so I am always looking up different recipes for a bake or pasta to incorporate it into. I made this dish last night and it was by far the best we’ve tried! The consistency is great and we of course loved all the gooey cheese (we added frozen peas as well)! I will definitely be making it again!

  84. Heidi says:

    Easy and delicious! A go-to family meal 🙂 I’ll throw in spinach, red peppers, or whatever else I may have on hand as well.

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Thanks for stopping by Heidi!

  85. Nancy says:

    This was super easy and super good! I used the fine grated cheese and a bit more than a cup.

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      More cheese is never a bad thing!

  86. Deb says:

    This was absolutely delicious, Kristin! I made it with no changes and it came out great. Not soupy, as someone said, just perfectly cheesy and delicious. Even my picky son loved it! And, by the way, the leftovers were just as good heated up the next day for lunch! Thanks for a fantastic and easy recipe that the whole family enjoyed! PS – I’m thinking next time (which will be soon), I’ll add some broccoli.

    1. Kristin says:

      Hi Deb, thank you so much for taking the time to leave some feedback.
      Ps Broccoli would be a great addition.

  87. Patti says:

    I made this for the first time for dinner tonight. My husband actually high-fived me he loved it so much! This is easy to make and SO delicious! Will be adding this recipe to my regular rotation!!

    1. Kristin says:

      Wow! High five worthy! That’s what we like to hear. Thanks for stopping by Patti.

  88. Jennie says:

    This is our fav meal!!! My son moved out and requests it whenever he comes home. Are the nutrition facts for the whole recipe or for one serving? On WW ans craving this meal:)

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Hi Jennie, the nutritional information is for 1/5 of the recipe. We usually get 5 servings, but some people get 4 or 6. So it depends on how big of a serving you have.

  89. Debbie Cianfrani says:

    Sounds deliciously simple. I will be making this tonight. Thanks for sharing and God Bless you and yours!

    1. Kristin says:

      You are so welcome Debbie! Thanks for stopping by.

  90. Kaitlyn says:

    This one of my families go to meals! My kids love it, it is super easy and always a crowd pleaser! Thank you so much for sharing with us!

    1. Kaitlyn says:

      This is***

    2. Kristin says:

      That’s so awesome Kaitlyn! Thanks for stopping by.

  91. Jeanie says:

    I made the Cheesy sausage pasta and it was fabulous. Don’t know what all the comments about being soupee alre about. Guess they aren’t smart enough to follow a recipe. Thank you so much for your posting.

    1. Kristin says:

      Thank you Jeanie!

  92. Holly says:

    Made it! So delicious!

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Thanks for stopping by Holly.

  93. zada shindelar says:

    That photo looks like MORE than 1 C of cheese~

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      The cheese is melted and melts into a sauce. It is one cup of cheese.

  94. Sarah Schmidt says:

    Wow!! This was a big hit with me and my family. I wouldnt change a thing! So good and rich with flavor. Thank you for sharing it ?? I will be making it again and again!

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Thank you so much for stopping by Sarah.

  95. Shane says:

    Delicious my family loved it tans demanded I make it again. although the second time I accidentally cooked the past first! Hopefully it’s not ruined fingers crossed!

    1. Kristin says:

      Thank you so much for stopping by Shane.

  96. Amber says:

    Tried this first with sausage and felt like it overpowered all the other flavors. I tried shrimp the next time and ? much better! I only use shrimp with this recipe now!

    1. Kristin says:

      Hi Amber, Thank you so much for sharing your experience.

  97. Bonnie says:

    I made this for my Mom and me and we loved it. I foresee making it again and again.

    1. Kristin says:

      That’s so awesome Bonnie! Thanks for stopping by.

  98. Kodi says:

    AMAZING! New family favorite! Added some green bell pepper, zucchini & used spicy sausage for a kick & turned out fantastic!

    1. Kristin says:

      That’s awesome Kodi! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experience.

  99. Isabella says:

    The rice I used was instant rice. I should’ve use white rice. The rice was too soggy by time frozen broccoli was heated. Or use thawed broccoli.

    1. Kristin says:

      Hi Isabella, thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your experience.

  100. Jeb says:

    Came across this a while ago. It’s been a hit every time! I tend to make my sauce a bit thicker than most, and lots and lots of cheese! I also experimented with seasoning, and basil, oregano, and a good dose of mixed Italian seasoning with garlic salt really makes the meal!

    1. Kristin says:

      Thanks Jeb! Sound Delicious.

  101. Hettie says:

    Stumbled upon this off Google after looking for a sausage pasta dish and omg! This was delicious! I added some celery after the onion/garlic/sausage had browned a bit and cooked it a bit more. Oh and I added some herbes de provence (about a tablespoon maybe) and basil oil when I added the water and pasta. And added the cream (we only have skim milk) with the cheese stage (also shoved some mozzarella in!). The fresh spring onion at the end was *Italian chefs kiss*. Thanks!

    1. Kristin says:

      You’re so welcome Hettie! Great idea, love that you made it your own. Thank you so much for stopping by!

  102. Joy says:

    My family loves this! I used fire roasted tomatoes and add some Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning. When I make a double recipe I use 1lb of chicken breasts and 1lb of sausage. Soooo good!!!

    1. Kristin says:

      So happy that you and your family loved this recipe!

  103. Emily says:

    Is this able to be frozen? If so, would you pass on instructions for that please? Thank u! My family loves this dish but i want to be able to make and freeze it if possible

    1. Kristin says:

      I’m not big on freezing dishes with cheese sauces, but if you let it cool and then freeze it, thaw it overnight in the fridge and heat it on the stove with a little added cream you will probably be good.

  104. Susan says:

    Made it last night and it was very yummy and the perfect amount of heat for us. I have since put the recipe in my cute little recipe crate. My hubby says it’s a keeper! Thank you for sharing.

  105. Scott says:

    I have lived this recipe for a couple of years… we always double it so we have leftovers! It’s a great base for me to jump off from and get creative! That’s what I love about recipes…. you can go whatever way you want to make them more your own. I need a little color and variety so I add a couple of red bell peppers cut into hunks and a bad of frozen peas…. and depending on my mood a little chili powder or paprika for a kick.

    1. Kristin says:

      Great idea, love that you made it your own Scott!

  106. Heidi says:

    Do you happen to have the Nutrition info on this meal? I make this dish all the time and I love it. Dieting with my mom now and we have to enter it into my fitness pal! Thanks!

    1. Kristin says:

      We are slowly adding nutritional information to our recipes, and eventually they all will, but at the moment my fitness pal is the best recommendation.

  107. Lori Belicek says:

    I put a Cajun twist on this dish, I used 1/2 Andouille Sausage 1/2 hillshire smoked sausage and and pound of crawfish, seasoned with Slap ya mama. Delicious ?

  108. K McDonald says:

    I made it! I tweaked recipe a bit, I only used 1 cup of chicken broth, and I used rotel original (drained) in place of tomatoes. I prefer sauce to be a little thick not runny. We absolutely love it!

    1. Kristin says:

      Great idea K, love that you made it your own!

  109. Susan Powell says:

    This recipe was delicious and simple to make. I only had Rotelle with chilies and my husband doesn’t like things spicy, so I added about 3 tablespoons of cream cheese to balance the chilies. Fantastic. Next time I think I will add some spinach or peas to get a veggie in our meal.

    1. Kristin says:

      Thank you Susan!

  110. Charlene says:

    Made this last night and it was a big hit! Even my non pasta loving husband went back for seconds! I did tweak it a little, but I think the dish is one of those that can be a little different every time depending on what you have on hand. I added chopped celery and used jalapeno-jack cheese. For the diabetic at the table I had to up the veggy content so I through in some sliced carrots and a can of peas. And a high fibre pasta.It was really good! Thank you, this is now one of those dishes that I will be able to throw together in a hurry and know everyone will be happy!

    1. Kristin says:

      Thank you Charlene!

  111. Callie Peterson says:

    Hi! The ingredient list calls for diced tomatoes (which I bought) and as I’m reading the directions I see it should be rotel?

    1. Kristin says:

      As long as it’s a 10 ounce can, Rotel or plain tomatoes will be fine. Rotel just adds a spicy element.

  112. Alicia says:

    I added basil, oregano, parsley, red pepper and spinach at the end to add greens. Awesome!

    1. Kristin says:

      Thank you Alicia!

  113. Susan J says:

    Kristin. My husband and I really enjoyed this skillet dish. I have a question about the diced tomatoes. You didn’t say whether or not to drain them. I didn’t and thought the sauce was a little thin. Which is right?

    1. Kristin says:

      I don’t usually drain them but depending on the brand you use I suppose there could be more liquid. The recipe should specify that I use Rotel brand because they do come in the 10-ounce size. Not all brands do.

  114. Allison says:

    I’ve had this pinned for a while now, and finally made it tonight in my new Instant Pot! I didn’t even saute anything, just dumped it all in, and it was great!! I used 8 oz of farfalle pasta, cream, and added a couple dashes of cajun seasoning and red pepper flakes. 4 minutes on high pressure, then manual pressure release. There was a fair amount of liquid in the finished priduct, but it did thicken with the addition of the cheese and after cooling down for a couple of minutes. I think it would be good with mushrooms, and some spinach stirred in at the end. Thanks for the recipe, I will definitely make it again!!

    1. Kristin says:

      Yay! So glad you enjoyed the recipe, and glad you tried out the Instant Pot!

  115. Babs and Mark says:

    I used sharp cheddar and pepper jack in place of the cheddar jack cheese. I to have a picky hubby when I do internet recipes and while we were eating he says, instead of canned tomatoes you should have used salsa! Great idea for next time ???.

    1. Kristin says:

      Yes salsa would be a great swap!

  116. Julie says:

    Can i use mozzarella shredded cheese for a substitute?

    1. Kristin says:

      Absolutely, that would be delicious!

  117. Tracy Kelly says:

    This recipe has very mild flavors. To mild for my family. It was a very quick make..perfect for a week night meal

    1. Kristin says:

      Thank you Tracy and thank you for your feedback.

  118. Patty says:

    Made this for my picky husband and he loved it. I am sure he will ask for it again.

    1. Kristin says:

      That’s great Patty, thank you for sharing!

      1. Patty says:

        My husband now asks for this. I make it at least every two weeks.

  119. nancy L Field says:

    hi kristine just made your one pot cheesy smoked & pasta skillet
    have to say soooo good

    I will make more of your one dish dinner thank you for your sight

    1. Kristin says:

      So glad you enjoyed it!

  120. Katie says:

    Just wanted to say thank you for the recipe! It has the best ratio of great taste to easiness in cooking of any recipe I’ve tried and is a regular fixture in our house. We love it!

    1. Kristin says:

      Thank you!
      So happy that you and your family loved this recipe!
      Thank you for stopping by!

  121. Marie says:

    Can I use fresh tomatoes and if so how many? I’m also planning to use mushrooms and a whole box of penne, do I need to increase chicken broth?

    1. Kristin says:

      If you are doubling the amount of pasta, then yes you would need to increase the amount of liquid. However fresh tomatoes release a lot of liquid when cooked, but it’s different than the canned tomatoes. So really it’s kind of a different recipe.

  122. Kara says:

    We love this recipe. We use an 8oz can of tomato sauce instead of diced tomatoes to accommodate a picky eater and about 1.5 cups chicken broth for a thicker sauce. We also add parsley, oregeno, and basil. Its even better the next day for lunch

  123. Cara says:

    I’ve been making this almost weekly for like 2 years now. My whole family loves it! We just started to try some of your other one pot dishes. Thanks for saving me Work in the kitchen with these one pot meals!

  124. Lashonda scott says:

    Is the chicken broth used to soften noodles?

    1. Kristin says:

      It cooks the pasta.

  125. Annie says:

    This was a great recipe! I actually subbed parboiled brown rice for the pasta and used a vegetarian sausage. Thanks so much for posting – hubs and I give it all the thumbs up!

  126. Ron says:

    This is a favorite at my house. I like to add a little more kick to it by using a can of Ro-Tel in place of the diced tomatoes.

  127. LeAnn Park says:

    Made this last night. The recipe was simple and the cook time was great. It was so delicious that I’m having the leftovers for breakfast!!

  128. Tiwana Richardson says:

    OMG! THE. BOMB.COM! Just made this and it was DELISH! So easy. Making again.

  129. Kristin H. says:

    This recipe is so easy and delicious. My whole family loves it! I made it lactose for my husband by substituting lactose free milk and leaving out the cheese and it was great. Thank you for posting this recipe.

  130. Kelly says:

    Hi there. What would you do differently if you’re using cooked pasta? Thx

    1. Kristin says:

      You’d have to make the sauce separately, but that would be a completely different recipe.

  131. Chris says:

    Just wanted to say Thanks. I have made this recipe several time now and the family loves it. I do reserve some of the juice from the diced tomatoes as sometimes it’s a little soupier than I like. It’s easy and delicious.

  132. Carrie says:

    I made this today with Italian sweet sausage and it was amazing!!
    Definetly one to add to the recipe book!!

  133. Casey says:

    Just tried this tonight, and it was a hit! Definitely going in the normal rotation! My 9 yo step daughter really enjoyed it – I nixed the tomatoes and onions as she doesn’t like them, but I did use onion powder instead. So yummy! Thank you for a quick, easy, and tasty dinner the whole family loves!

    1. Bridget says:

      Thanks for letting us know that it turned out just fine without tomatoes my husband hates them.

  134. Tina says:

    Can I use sundried tomatoes instead of diced?

    1. Kristin says:

      You could, but you’d have to increase the liquid. I haven’t tried this so I can’t say by how much. Let me know if you try it – sounds yummy!

  135. Angela says:

    Has anyone added broccoli to this ?

    1. Kristin says:

      I haven’t, but I think it would be a great addition.I would maybe add it during that last several minutes unless you like it on the softer side.

  136. Lula says:

    Great recipe! Do you know how many calories are in each serving?

  137. AJ says:

    What if I have a picky eater who doesn’t like tomatoes? I was thinking I would add some diced peppers. But do I need to add some extra liquid since I won’t have the tomato juice?

    1. Kristin says:

      Tomatoes really add a lot of flavor. I would definitely add some water or more broth, but not too much. Hard to advise because I haven’t made it that way.

  138. Marion says:

    I made this exactly like the way it says to make it and it turned out so good. We will be having this again.

  139. Kat says:

    I have had this pinned for a couple years and I make it regularly. It has become one of my family’s staples. We love the recipe just as it is. Of course doubled for leftovers and lunches 🙂

  140. Alison says:

    Can I freeze this?

    1. Kristin says:

      I haven’t tried freezing it, but freezing anything with cheese can be iffy.

  141. Jenn says:

    We love this recipe and make it all the time.
    I’m wondering if you have any tips for freezing it? Can the finished recipe be frozen? and if so, what temp and how long to bake it?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated! 🙂
    Thanks again for the recipe.

  142. Kiteara says:

    Tried this recipe out tonight and loved it!

    Made some changes like using fresh tomato instead of canned, added mushrooms, some cayenne pepper for a bit of a kick, and subbed the sausage out for cheddar smokies. Saving this one for sure!

  143. Sherri Ashcroft says:

    Wow! My hubby is usually pretty non-commital about pasta dishes, and he loved this! I made a couple changes..

    I doubled the recipe and used 2 (13.5 oz) packages of Johnsonville andouille smoked sausage and one 14.5 oz can of fire roasted tomatoes & juice. I also added Emeril’s Essence for some added spice- but you could use any good creole or cajun seasoning….If you’re watching salt intake, I’d reduce the amount due to the sodium content of most seasoning blends.

    We loved this. My husband tells me it’s a definite keeper. Thanks for the great recipe!

  144. Ashley says:

    Will cheddar cheese work instead of cheddar-jack?

    1. Kristin says:

      Sure! The jack is much milder but I think that swap would be fine.

  145. Mearlene says:

    This dish is amazing! Added a little steamed asparagus, the family devoured it. Thank you for sharing!

  146. Shauna says:

    This meal was awesome and super easy!!!!!!!

  147. Carol says:

    I’ve made this dish many times and it’s always good. I always use andouille sausage and it works very well too. I think just about any sausage would work.

  148. Stacy says:

    Do you drain the can of tomatoes before adding?

    1. Kristin says:

      No, there’s a lot of flavor there!

      1. Carin Keland says:

        Could you substitute beef broth for the chicken?

        1. Kristin says:


  149. Becky Smith says:

    I made it for my family tonight and everyone loved it. So fast to put together. I noticed a little more liquid in the pot than I expected but that didn’t deter us, we just served it in bowls. I probably will limit the chicken stock a little next time. SO DELICIOUS!!

    1. Kristin says:

      You can always spoon out any extra liquid before serving. Glad you love it!

    2. Genevie says:

      I had this same problem. It was really good, but it did come out very soupy. I think I’ll try making it with only 1 cup of chicken broth instead of two. I’m making this again tonight!

  150. Rebecca Buchholz says:

    I am going to make this tonight. Looks delicious! I going to use what I have in the freezer which is JOHNSONVILLE HOT ITALIAN SAUSAGE LINKS. I hope it will be just as delicious as your Turkey sausage.

    1. Kristin says:

      Italian sausage is definitely a different flavor than smoke, but I think it will still taste great. Let me know how it turns out!

  151. Amy says:

    8oz dry pasta? A box of pasta is 16oz… could I use the entire box and double the recipe?

    1. Kristin says:

      Yes, you could!

    2. Ivonne says:

      Oops I add the whole box will see how it comes out

  152. Candee says:

    I made this tonight for supper and it was absolutely delicious and so easy. I did add about a tablespoon of Worcestershire and a teaspoon of dried thyme because those are 2 of my favorite seasonings and I knew they would be great in this. When I got it all done, I realized I had forgotten to add the cheese but it tasted so delicious as is that I decided to leave it out and save some calories. The turkey sausage gives it such amazing flavor and it was so simple to make. I will be making this again many times Im sure. Thanks for the fantastic recipe !!!!

  153. Sarah says:

    I have made this several times and love it!

  154. Nicole says:

    Would this work in a pressure cooker? If so, how long would I put it in for? Thanks in advance.

    1. Kristin says:

      I’ve never tried it in a pressure cooker so it would be difficult for me to make a recommendation. Sorry!

  155. Jeanette says:

    Didn’t have a can of tomatoes, so added a peeled chopped tomato. Worked well. This recipe a keeper.

  156. Laura says:

    I have made this twice and it was amazing. I am thinking of trying it with some spinach and fresh tomatoes. I can’t decide if it would work or not.

    1. Kristin says:

      I think that would be great!

  157. Amanda B. says:

    This dish was excellent with gluten free pasta! I used spaghetti this time, next time I’ll try it with penne. Will try the Rotel tomatoes and andouille sausage… And broccoli…. And bacon?!? Y’all are amazing!!!

  158. Betty says:

    I made this and it came out really good. The whole family loved it! Thanks for a great easy recipe.

  159. Lenora Y says:

    Love this recipe!! I replaced the tomatoes with Rotel and did not have any shredded cheese so I used about a cup of velveeta cheese and it turned out perfect. It gave a little bit of kick. I’ve made this recipe at least 3 times without fail
    Thank you for sharing!!

  160. Michelle says:

    Love this recipe. Wondering if it would do ok in a crock pot?

    1. Kristin says:

      I’m thinking no.But I haven’t tried it. I’m sure you cook the pasta separately and add it and the cheese at the end. But that’s not much easier than a one pot.

  161. amy says:

    Unfortunately, as others posted I found there to be a lot of excess liquid. Additionally, I found that my pasta turned out gummy. I’ve always feared the one pot meal after having an issue like this previously. Disappointing.

    1. Kristin says:

      Hi Amy, I’m sorry that you had this issue. One Pot Meals can be really awesome and time-saving, I hope you won’t give up on them!

  162. Yvette says:

    Delicious and sinfully easy! Thank you for sharing!

  163. Steve Guest says:

    I made a variation on this theme last night. Added mushrooms and a hot and spicy cheddar cheese. The sauce used was a Dolmio pasta sauce rather than just using canned tomatoes. I also fortified the sauce with a half cup (approx) of hot sweet chilli sauce. I have to say……..It was rather good!

  164. Kim says:

    I tried this tonight and used fresh diced tomatoes instead of canned. I also used light cream cheese instead of shredded. It tuned out well and everyone loved it! Thanks for sharing!

  165. Tanille says:

    YUMMY!!!! This recipe has been approved by my entire family, including four little ones! Thanks so much for sharing!

  166. JoAnn says:

    Just made this and it is so good! Will make again for sure!

  167. Melissa says:

    I followed the instructions to a T, however, mine looks like the milk curdled. I was so excited to try this recipe 🙁

    1. Kristin says:

      Sorry that happened, but I hope you will give it another try. Every kitchen is different so you may need to tweak it a little to make it work for you.

  168. Sarah says:

    Do you use regular diced tomatoes in a 10 oz can? If so, what brand?

    1. Kristin says:

      Just plain diced tomatoes. You can use Rotel in a 10 oz. can and I think the plain are up to 14 ounces.

  169. Penne says:

    I made the cheesy smoked sausage pasta it was so good. I will make it again for sure!!! I did add more milk because I wanted it saucier. Thanks for the recipe.

  170. Taylor says:

    This recipe is awesome! Another go-to! Thank you!

  171. 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!

  172. 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

  173. 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!

  174. 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

  175. 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.

  176. 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!!

  177. 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!

  178. 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!

  179. Sarah Schultz says:

    Looking forward to eating this tonight, just a heads up it says “On Pot” pasta in the recipe title!

  180. 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!

  181. 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!!

  182. Eloise says:

    Just made this recipe for lunch today. It was delicious! Thank you for sharing it on Pinterest.

  183. Patty 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.

  184. 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!!

  185. 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.

  186. 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?

  187. Michelle Isom says:

    I have a question. The heavy cream is that heavy whipping cream that’s all that I found at the store?

    1. Kristin says:

      Yes, it would be called “heavy whipping cream” because it’s just cream, not sweetened.

      1. Amy says:

        Super sad…wrote down the ingredients and now the recipe is gone.

        1. Kristin says:

          Thanks for your message. We are working on some technical issues, but I am seeing the recipe when I click on the post. Please clear your cache on your internet browser and try again. Thanks!

  188. 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!!

  189. 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!

  190. Kelsey says:

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

  191. 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.

  192. 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!!!

  193. 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.

  194. 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!

  195. 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 🙂

    1. Kristin says:

      No draining – the liquid from the tomatoes helps to cook the pasta.

  196. 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.

  197. 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!!

  198. 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.

  199. patrice says:

    I made this tonight with some smoked jalepeno cheddar ssusage…yum..yum

  200. 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!

    1. Carole says:

      me too!

  201. lisa says:

    This was!!! LOVED it!!!

  202. 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).

  203. jenna m says:

    So glad I doubled the recipe. We’ll be having this delicious dish for lunch tomorrow.

  204. 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!

    1. Andrea says:

      Ty for this helpful comment!

    2. Caorle says:

      I “doubled ” it and 12 oz pasta and 2# sausage was PERFECT with 1 cup cream and 1 cup cheese. I added browned crumbled bacon and mushrooms sautéed in the bacon fat and broccoli- FANTASTIC!!!

  205. jess says:

    I found this recipe on pintrest & love it. It has become a go to!

  206. 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 🙂

  207. 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!

  208. 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!

  209. 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!

  210. 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!

  211. 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.

  212. 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?

    1. Tammy says:

      Try mushrooms, spinach, or squash

  213. Vanesa says:

    Can you usse milk in sted of heavy cream?? Can you usse water in sted of the broth.??

    1. Kristin says:

      Yes, to both questions. 🙂

      If you choose water over broth you may need to salt it a little. But that’s a personal taste.

  214. 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.

    1. Kristin says:

      You’re not the first to confuse the measurements on the pasta! I’ll have to amend the recipe. Thanks for your comment. 🙂

  215. 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!

  216. 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!!!

  217. I jet ski says:

    Kristen, do you really only use one cup of dried pasta?

    1. Kristin 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.

  218. Rachel 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 😉

  219. 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!”

  220. Nancy says:

    This is so delicious. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  221. Melissa says:

    Hi there, just wanted to let you know that I found your recipe from Pinterest. I have made it 3 times now with different variations and it is yummy. I blogged about it this week at and made a link back to your sight for the original recipe that I found.

  222. 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!

  223. 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!

  224. Brighton Gutter Cleaning says:

    Delicious! This is one of my favourite dishes. The combination of cheese and smoked sausage works perfectly.

  225. 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!

  226. 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.

    1. Kristin says:

      Once you add the cheese at the end, it should thicken. However results can vary from kitchen to kitchen. 🙂