One Pot Cheesy Smoked Sausage Pasta Skillet

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

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

A skillet of cheesy smoked sausage pasta with a wooden spoon lifting a serving out of the skillet

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 salad and you’re good to go!

I love smoked sausage, and  it was perfect paired with the other flavors in this recipe. I can’t wait to create some more!

Cheesy Smoked Sausage Pasta with sliced scallion garnish

HOW TO MAKE ONE POT CHEESY SMOKED SAUSAGE PASTA

The steps for this recipe are quick and easy. 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!

  1. Cook onions, garlic and smoked sausage in a large, deep saute pan and cook until lightly browned.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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

Cheesy Sausage Pasta with a creamy sauce in a skillet with a wooden spoon

HOW TO SERVE ONE PAN SAUSAGE PASTA

We love to serve this sausage pasta with a simple green salad and maybe some fresh bread on the side. You could also add your favorite veggies to the mix, like zucchini or broccoli.

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 separates.

If your pasta was not stored with a sauce, drizzle on a little olive oil before heating.

Smoke Sausage Pasta in a large skillet with a cheesy tomato sauce

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If you enjoyed this recipe, you may also like some of my other one pot meals:

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Pan filled with Pasta and Sausage

One Pan Cheesy Smoked Sausage Pasta Skillet

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 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 5 servings
Calories 526kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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).

Notes

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. 

Nutrition

Calories: 526kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 27gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 116mgSodium: 1350mgPotassium: 277mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 590IUVitamin C: 10.7mgCalcium: 251mgIron: 2mg
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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. Hi Jessie, it fills the 5 quart about 3/4 of the way, so it probably wouldn’t work to double it.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.
      Kristin

  6. 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 🙂

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

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

  9. 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!!

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. 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.
    Thanks

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

  22. 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!!

  23. 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!

  24. 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!

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

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

  28. 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!

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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!!

  32. 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.

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

  34. 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!

  35. 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.

  36. 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!

  37. 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!

  38. 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!

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

  40. 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.

  41. 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!

  42. 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!

  43. 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!!!

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. 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 ?

  49. 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!

  50. 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.

  51. 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!

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

  53. 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?
    Thanks!

    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.

  54. 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!!

  55. 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 ???.

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

  57. 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

  58. 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!

  59. 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.

  60. 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

  61. 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!

  62. 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!

  63. 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.

  64. 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!!

  65. 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.

  66. 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.

  67. 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.

  68. 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.

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

  70. 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 🙂

  71. 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.

  72. 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!

  73. 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!

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

  75. 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.

  76. 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!

  77. 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!

  78. 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 !!!!

  79. 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.

  80. 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!!!

  81. 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.

  82. 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!

  83. 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!

  84. 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!

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

  86. 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.

  87. 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.

  88. 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!

  89. 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

  90. 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!

  91. 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

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

  93. 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. (Btw..my 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!!

  94. 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!

  95. 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!

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

  97. 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!

  98. 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!!

  99. 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.

  100. 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!!

  101. 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.

  102. 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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  103. 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!!

  104. 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!

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

  106. 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.

  107. 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!!!

  108. 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.

  109. 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!

  110. 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 🙂

  111. 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.

  112. 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!!

  113. 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.

  114. 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!

  115. 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).

  116. 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!!!

  117. 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 🙂

  118. 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!

  119. 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!

  120. 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!

  121. 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!

  122. 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.

  123. 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. Yes, to both questions. 🙂

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

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

  125. 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!

  126. 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!!!

    1. 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.

  127. 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 😉

  128. 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!”

  129. 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!

  130. 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!

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

  132. 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!

  133. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        2. none of your business….spot on!! I think some people just use the internet to find faults in others so they don’t have to deal with their own faults.

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

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

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

  150. Pinning this one, too! You can’t go wrong with pasta, cheese, and sausage. Looks so good!