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One Pot Italian Sausage Pasta is an easy 30-minute meal made with simple ingredients and packed full of flavor. This delicious sausage pasta skillet dish is the perfect recipe for a quick weeknight dinner!

italian sausage pasta in a skillet

Italian Sausage Pasta

I’m back with a new and easy one-pot meal! This mouthwatering, one-pot Italian sausage pasta recipe was actually inspired by my kiddos and their love for spaghetti. I changed the noodles and made a from-scratch, homemade sauce, but the kids loved it just the same! Made without any jarred ingredients and using the same skillet, this pasta with Italian sausage dish is quick, delicious, and even makes for easy cleanup.

I don’t feel like you can ever have too many pasta recipes! Be sure to try out my Taco Pasta, Chicken Parmesan Pasta Skillet, and Cheeseburger Pasta Skillet too!

Why You’ll Love This One Pot Italian Sausage Pasta

  • Great for busy evenings
  • 30 minute meal
  • Only uses one pot so cleanup is a breeze!
  • Flavorful
  • Everyone loves it

Flavor-Packed Pasta with Italian Sausage

As I mentioned, there is a lot of flavor packed into this sausage pasta skillet! My hubby’s favorite part is probably the Italian sausage — even though he prefers the hot Italian sausage, he didn’t complain much when I used the mild. I also added in a hefty dose of dried Italian seasoning, onion, and garlic. See, I told you we were going with simplicity here! But trust me, it doesn’t taste simple.

wooden spoon holding one pot sausage pasta


SAUSAGE: I used a pound of mild Italian sausage for this recipe, but you can always use a spicier version if preferred.

VEGGIES: I used a chopped onion, a can of crushed tomatoes, and tomato paste.

PASTA: Shell pasta is perfect for this recipe! I love how it engulfs some of the ingredients with each bite.

SEASONINGS: I used minced garlic and Italian seasoning pretty liberally throughout the recipe. And don’t forget your chicken broth or stock for the broth base!

CHEESE: The best part! I recommend getting lots of mozzarella and parmesan cheese.

top shot of black bowl filled with noodles, parmesan, and red sauce

How to make One Pot Italian Sausage Pasta:

COOK THE SAUSAGE: In a large skillet, sauté the sausage with the onion until browned (about 10 minutes). Next, add in the garlic and cook for another minute.

ADD VEGGIES & SEASON: Now add in the tomatoes, broth, pasta, tomato paste, and Italian seasoning. Stir well, then bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until pasta is just tender. Remember to stir occasionally to prevent sticking!

STIR IN CHEESES: Stir in cheeses until melted and remove from heat. Sprinkle the sausage pasta skillet with extra mozzarella if desired.

Tips for One Pot Sausage Pasta

  • Don’t overcook the pasta. As with any one pot pasta dish that has a decent amount of sauce — don’t overcook it! The pasta will continue to cook once it’s been removed from the heat and soak up liquid from the sauce. So, it’s best to cook it just until al dente and no more.
  • Don’t plan for leftovers with this pasta with Italian sausage, or any other pasta dishes that are on the saucier side. The pasta just keeps soaking up the liquids, and the next day it is pretty mushy.
  • Don’t hesitate to change it up. Feel free to change up the heat level to suit your needs. My husband likes it spicy, but my kids do not. So, I make it with the mild Italian sausage and he adds in red pepper flakes to his after he dishes up. Keeps everyone happy that way! 🙂
top shot of one pot Italian sausage pasta in black skillet


What do you serve with one-pot Italian sausage pasta?

This one pot sausage pasta is great served with your favorite steamed veggie or a quick and simple side salad. These Garlic Cheddar Biscuits also go great with this meal!

Can I use a different type of pasta?

Definitely! You can substitute veggie or gluten-free pasta, or even just pasta that is a different shape. I try to avoid larger, spaghetti-style noodles in one-pot meals just to make sure the one pot sausage pasta skillet doesn’t get tangled or overloaded.

Can I swap the sausage for another kind of meat?

Sure! You can make this one pot pasta with ground beef, ground pork, or ground chicken. Keep in mind that Italian sausage has seasonings in it, unlike the other meats I just mentioned. So, you will need to take that into consideration. You could add some additional Italian seasonings to taste to make it more flavorful.

sausage pasta in black bowl

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This easy One Pot Italian Sausage Pasta is made all in one pan! It's a quick 30 minute meal filled with simple ingredients!

One Pot Italian Sausage Pasta

Course: Main, Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Italian Sausage, one pot meal, pasta
This easy one-pot Italian sausage pasta is made in just 30 minutes with only one pan! A quick weeknight dinner, all you need are your favorite simple pantry staples.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 634kcal
Author: Malinda Linnebur
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  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 ½ cups chicken broth or stock
  • 2 cups shell pasta
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese + extra for topping if desired
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese


  • In a large skillet brown the sausage with the onion until browned (about 10 minutes). Add in the garlic and cook for one minute.
  • Add in the tomatoes, broth, pasta, tomato paste, and Italian seasoning. Stir well then bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until pasta is just tender. (stir occasionally to prevent sticking)
  • Stir in cheeses until melted and remove from heat. Sprinkle with extra mozzarella if desired.


  1. Serve this with steamed veggies or a simple side salad. Can also serve with these Garlic Cheddar Biscuits


Calories: 634kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 1212mg | Potassium: 620mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 184mg | Iron: 3mg

28 thoughts on “One Pot Italian Sausage Pasta”

  1. Can you use cauliflower rice instead of pasta? If so, do you reduce or eliminate the chicken broth?


    • I haven’t cooked with cauliflower rice so I can’t give you instructions for that substitution, sorry!

  2. 5 stars
    Huge hit, so yummy. Skipped the parmesan (we had none) and added more mozz and Italian seasoning. The house still smells wonderful!

    • Hi Cheryl. I used a 12″ skillet and yes it can be doubled! You don’t have to cook it in a skillet, you could also use a large pot if needed, especially if you are doubling the recipe. Thanks for asking and I hope you enjoy!

  3. 5 stars
    was sick of making the same old recipe with Italian sausage so I googled and this was the easiest to make so I tried it. A HUGE SUCCESS 😊 thank you do much for sharing this gem

  4. 5 stars
    I had some Italian sausage I was going to use for one recipe that I had made several times, but my family needed a break from that. So, Google Italian sausage recipes, and this one was the first one that popped up. I had all of the ingredients on hand, so tried this out last night! Wow! What a winner! It gets even better after sitting for awhile, and even more so the next day! Thank you for sharing!

  5. 1 star
    Disappointed as they were dry and struck to the pan. The bottoms were too brown and I didn’t my cooked for 10 mins


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