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Cheesy Sausage Pasta Skillet Recipe


Looking for a quick and delicious meal that will have everyone coming back for seconds? This Cheesy Sausage Pasta Skillet is a winning recipe that’s packed with flavor. With smoky sausage, savory garlic, and a rich, creamy sauce, it’s a dish that’s sure to please the whole family. Plus, it’s easy to make and perfect for busy weeknights. Let’s get cooking!



  • 1 diced onion
  • 1-1.5 lbs of smoked sausage (Johnsonville kielbasa works great)
  • Garlic (as much as your heart desires)
  • Salt & pepper (to taste)
  • Italian seasoning (to taste)
  • 2.5 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes (14.5 oz can)
  • 12-16 oz pasta
  • 2.5 cups cheese of your choice (mozzarella and cheddar are great options)


Step 1: Prepare the Ingredients

  1. Dice the onion and slice the sausage into bite-sized pieces.

Step 2: Sauté the Onion and Sausage

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the diced onion and sliced sausage to the skillet.
  3. Cook until the onion is translucent and the sausage is browned, stirring occasionally.

Step 3: Add Garlic and Seasonings

  1. Add minced garlic to the skillet. Cook for about 1 minute until fragrant.
  2. Season with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning to taste.

Step 4: Add Liquids and Pasta

  1. Pour in the chicken broth and heavy whipping cream. Stir to combine.
  2. Add the can of fire roasted diced tomatoes (undrained) to the skillet.
  3. Add the pasta, ensuring it is submerged in the liquid.

Step 5: Cook the Pasta

  1. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer.
  2. Cover the skillet and cook for 12-15 minutes, or until the pasta is al dente and most of the liquid is absorbed. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.

Step 6: Add Cheese

  1. Remove the skillet from heat.
  2. Stir in 2.5 cups of shredded cheese until melted and well combined.

Step 7: Serve

  1. Serve hot, garnished with additional cheese or fresh herbs if desired.

Cooking Notes

  • Sausage: Feel free to use any smoked sausage or kielbasa you prefer. Andouille or chorizo can add an extra kick.
  • Pasta: Any short pasta shape will work well, such as penne, rigatoni, or rotini.
  • Cheese: Use your favorite cheeses. Mozzarella and cheddar are great, but you can also try Monterey Jack, Gouda, or a blend.


Keto Version

  • Pasta: Substitute pasta with low-carb alternatives like zucchini noodles or shirataki noodles.
  • Thicken the Sauce: Use a bit more heavy cream and add grated Parmesan cheese for thickening.

Low Carb Version

  • Pasta: Use low-carb pasta or spaghetti squash.
  • Thicken the Sauce: Use heavy cream and additional cheese to make the sauce rich and creamy.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use a different type of sausage?

Yes, you can use any smoked sausage or kielbasa you prefer. Andouille or chorizo can add a nice spicy kick.


How do I store leftovers?

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently on the stovetop or in the microwave.


Can I make this dish ahead of time?

You can prepare the sausage and onion mixture ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator. Add the pasta, liquids, and cook fresh when ready to serve.


What should I serve with this dish?

This dish pairs well with a simple green salad or steamed vegetables.


Is this recipe freezer-friendly?

Yes, you can freeze the cooked dish. Allow it to cool completely, then store it in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Thaw and reheat before serving.

This Cheesy Sausage Pasta Skillet is a quick, easy, and delicious meal that’s sure to be a hit with the whole family. With smoky sausage, creamy sauce, and plenty of cheese, it’s comfort food at its best. Whether you’re looking for a weeknight dinner or a dish to impress guests, this recipe is a winner. Enjoy!