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One Pot Sausage Pasta

Throw the ingredients for this one pot sausage pasta into the pot, stir it a few times, and dinner is ready...it really is that simple! Perfect for meal prep and for busy nights, this is one meal the whole family will love.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6
Calories: 423kcal


  • 13.5 oz fully cooked sausage (375 g; sliced; see notes *)
  • 2 bell peppers (sliced)
  • ½ red onion (sliced)
  • 15 oz diced tomatoes (including juices)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups chicken stock (or water)
  • 2 cups cavatappi pasta (or any small shape; see notes **)
  • 1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese (shredded)


  • In a 4 quart or larger pot, add the sausage, bell peppers, onion, diced tomatoes, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, chicken stock and pasta.
  • Stir until combined, cover the pot, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat until it is simmering.
  • Cook, stirring every 2 minutes (be sure to add the pot lid back each time you stir), for 15 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked through.
  • Add the cheese, and stir until melted.
  • Serve with fresh parsley if desired.

Freezer packs

  • To assemble ahead and freeze, add the add the sausage, bell peppers, onion, diced tomatoes, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and chicken stock to a gallon-sized freezer bag. DO NOT add the pasta.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • To cook- thaw completely, then dump into a pot. Add the pasta and stir up. Cook as directed above.



* polish, kielbasa, smoked and even plant-based will work
** a variety of small pasta shapes will work with this recipe including rotini, penne, bow tie and shells. Use your best judgement when swapping pasta and keep an eye on it as it may require a slightly different cook time.
*** I have not tested gluten-free, chickpea or lentil pasta. Use at your own risk.
After cooking, pasta may be stored in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.


Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 423kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 957mg | Potassium: 531mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1539IU | Vitamin C: 59mg | Calcium: 183mg | Iron: 2mg