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Skillet Sausage Pasta

This Skillet Sausage Pasta is a one-pot meal that is ready from start to finish in under 30 minutes and it is fabulous!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 725kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound fully cooked smoked sausage in your flavor of choice
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 14.5 ounces can diced tomatoes
  • 8 ounces dry penne pasta (approximately 2-1/2 cups uncooked)
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper each
  • 1/2 cup half and half or heavy cream
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese shredded
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions


  • Add olive oil to a deep, oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and onions and cook until lightly browned, about 4 or 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for a minute or two until fragrant.
  • Add broth, tomatoes, pasta, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, cover skillet, and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until pasta is tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in half and half or heavy cream and simmer for another minute or two until warmed through.
  • Remove skillet from heat, add cheese and stir until melted. Sprinkle with green onions and serve.


Calories: 725kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 1342mg | Potassium: 559mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 480IU | Vitamin C: 5.3mg | Calcium: 284mg | Iron: 2.4mg