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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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Pan filled with Pasta and Sausage

One Pan Cheesy Smoked Sausage Pasta Skillet

4.81 from 181 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


  • 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.


Calories: 526kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 27gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 116mgSodium: 1350mgPotassium: 277mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 590IUVitamin C: 10.7mgCalcium: 251mgIron: 2mg
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  1. 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!!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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 😊

  7. 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. 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.

    1. 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.

  8. 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!!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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. 🙂

  15. 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! 😁🫶🏼

  16. 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! 😆

  17. 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!!

  18. 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!

  19. 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!

  20. 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!

  21. 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. 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.

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

  23. 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

  24. 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.

  25. 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!!!!

  26. 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.

  27. 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. 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.

  28. 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!

  29. 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. 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.

  30. 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

  31. 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

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

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

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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. 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!

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

      1. 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!

  38. 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. 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.

  39. 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 🙂

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

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

  42. 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!!

  43. 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!

  44. 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!

  45. 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. 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.

  46. 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!

  47. 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!

  48. 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.

  49. 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.

  50. 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!

  51. 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.

  52. 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.

  53. 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.

  54. 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. 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!

  55. 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!!

  56. 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!

  57. 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!

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

  59. 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.

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

  61. 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!

  62. 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.

  63. 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.

  64. 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!!

  65. 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. 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.

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

  67. 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!

  68. 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.

  69. 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!

  70. 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!

  71. 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!

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

  73. 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.

  74. 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!

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

  76. 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!!!

  77. 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. 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.

  78. 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.

  79. 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.

  80. 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. 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.

  81. 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 ?

  82. 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!

  83. 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.

  84. 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!

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

  86. 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. 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.

  87. 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!!

  88. 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 ???.

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

  90. 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

  91. 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!

  92. 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. 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.

  93. 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

  94. 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!

  95. 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!

  96. 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.

  97. 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!!

  98. 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.

  99. 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.

  100. 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. 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!

    1. 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.

  101. 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. 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.

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

  103. 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 🙂

  104. 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.

  105. 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!

  106. 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!

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

  108. 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.

  109. 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. 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!

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

  111. 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 !!!!

  112. 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.

  113. 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!!!

  114. 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!!

    1. 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.

  115. 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. 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!

  116. 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!

  117. 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!

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

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

    1. 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.

  120. 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.

  121. 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!

  122. 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

  123. 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!

  124. 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

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

  126. 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!!

  127. 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!

  128. 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!

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

  130. 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!

  131. 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!!

  132. 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.

  133. 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!!

  134. 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.

  135. 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?

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  136. 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!!

  137. 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!

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

  139. 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.

  140. 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!!!

  141. 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.

  142. 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!

  143. 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 🙂

  144. 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.

  145. 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!!

  146. 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.

  147. 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!

  148. 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).

  149. 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. 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!!!

  150. 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 🙂

  151. 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!

  152. 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!