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Skillet Sausage Pasta

Smoked sausage in a light tomato cream sauce with perfectly cooked penne pasta. This flavorful Skillet Sausage Pasta is an easy one-pot meal that is ready from start to finish in 30 minutes.
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 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 8 ounces dry, uncooked penne pasta (approximately 2½ cups)
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon salt and freshly ground black pepper each
  • ½ cup half and half or heavy cream
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese shredded
  • cup thinly sliced green onions


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