Sausage Pasta Skillet

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Sausage Pasta Skillet is a quick and easy one pot meal the whole family will love.  Creamy, cheesy, sausage pasta dinner.

Getting dinner on the table on busy weeknights can be a challenge. But I really don’t want to rely on take out, delivery or the drive through. So I am determined to have a few recipes in my arsenal that I can just pull out and get on the table fast!  This sausage pasta is perfect for that!

I grew up on Old Fashioned Goulash as a kid, it was a staple in our house.  It is one that I definitely still make today.  But sometimes you have to mix it up, and I am a huge fan of sausage, so this pasta skillet is high up there in our rotation.

sausage pasta skillet in a pan


I am all about super quick skillet meals.  Enchilada Pasta Skillet, Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet, Mexican Rice Skillet, and I have two more that I still need to share with you!  Everything is cooked in one pan (including the pasta), and it is ready in about 20 minutes.

You really can’t beat that, especially this time of year.  My son is always excited when I tell him we are having a pasta skillet for dinner.  He loves to scoop up all the sauce, and get his plate perfectly clean!

Sausage Pasta Skillet {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Sausage Pasta Skillet uses just a few ingredients, most of which you can keep on hand at all times.  I used kielbasa for the sausage.  Kielbasa lasts for a really long time in the fridge if you don’t open it.  So stock up when it is on sale, and you will always be ready to make this.

You can mix up the flavor and use just about any kind of sausage you have on hand or your family likes for this. You can use the turkey sausage for lower calories or the pork and beef versions, it really is up to you! Creamy, cheesy, tomato-y, with a slight kick can never be wrong!

sausage pasta skillet in a bowl

How to Make Sausage Pasta

  1. Start by slicing your sausage into little coins.  I like to leave them this way, but you could slice those in half into little half moons if you wanted.  That works great if you have younger kids you are feeding.
  2. Brown the sausage and onion together until the sausage is starting to brown and the onions are soft.
  3. Next add in the garlic and cook for just about a minute.  I like to do this last so that I make sure it doesn’t burn.  Nothing is worse that burnt garlic.
  4. Then everything else (minus the cheese) goes into the pan. Stir to make sure everything is evenly mixed and then you just let it cook.  Bring it to a boil and then cover and reduce the heat to a simmer.  The pasta will cook and soak up the liquid.
  5. Once the pasta is cooked most of the liquid should be gone.  Mix in your cheese and then you serve.

sausage pasta skillet in a pan

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Sausage Pasta Skillet is a quick and easy one pot meal the whole family will love.  Creamy, cheesy, sausage pasta dinner.

Sausage Pasta Skillet is a quick and easy one pot meal the whole family will love. Creamy, cheesy, sausage pasta dinner.
4.45 from 76 votes

Sausage Pasta Skillet

By Erin
Sausage Pasta Skillet is a quick and easy one pot meal the whole family will love. Creamy, cheesy, sausage pasta dinner.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 5


  • 1 Tbls olive oil
  • 1 pound Kielbasa
  • 1 cup onion, , finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, , minced
  • 3 cups short cut pasta
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups skim milk
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cup colby/jack cheese


  • In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add onions and sausage. Cook for about 5 minutes, until onions are soft, and sausage is starting to brown. Add garlic, and cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
  • Stir in pasta, tomatoes, milk, and chicken stock. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and cook for 8-10 minutes until pasta is tender.
  • Stir in cheese.
  • Let stand for 5 minutes for sauce to thicken before serving.



Serving: 1g | Calories: 666kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 23g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 1618mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Dinner Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5
Calories: 666
Keyword: sausage pasta skillet
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  1. I am all over this pasta! Keilbasa is definitely my most favorite and I only ever really eat it plain but I’m excited to try it like this!

    1. Does short cut pasta mean pasta that is is small bite sizes or are you referring to easy ” short cut” pasta… oven ready pasta? Sounds like a silly ? But….hey 🙂

      1. Short Cut means small – so like rotini, penne, bowtie – anything that is more bite sized. Not spaghetti. Enjoy!

  2. This quick meal or something similar to it is ALWAYS a lick the pan event in my family.
    Which of course makes the good feel good. Happy Holidays!!!!

    1. Dawn – the milk is what makes it creamy. Tons of recipes call for adding milk and other liquid together and boiling and/or simmering it until cooked. It should not have curdled though. Even box mix Hamburger Helper calls for milk, so I am not sure what happened.

      1. Milk curdled in mine too. Not sure if it was because I used 1% milk, put it on a burner that stays super hot even on warm, or a combination of both. Despite that, it still tasted great and was really good as leftovers as well. Thanks!

      2. The milk curdled in mine too. My suggestion would be to not add the milk until the pasta is done cooking. When the pasta is tender, turn the heat on low, then add the milk and then the cheese.

      3. I have made this monthly for at least the last 18 months, and have never had the milk curdle. I even did it live on a video, and the milk was fine. Do you slowly heat the milk? I add cold milk to the pan, so the pan cools quickly, and then comes up to a boil. This slow process has never caused me a problem. You could use water or stock in place of the milk, but the liquid is how the pasta cooks, so you can’t add it at the end. You could use a little less water, and add a tiny bit of cream with the cheese to make it creamier if you wanted.

    1. Definitely. There is a chance it would give it a slightly different flavor, but there is no reason I can think of that it will not work. Enjoy!

  3. Thanks for this great recipe – my family loves it. Sometimes, to get in more veggies I will put in fresh spinach or kale at the end and cook it enough so that it will wilt. Other times, I will heat a bag of frozen peas in the microwave and then mixed them in at the end.

  4. 5 stars
    We love this recipe and have tried it several times now! Ours “curdles” also, but once the cheese is mixed in, everything comes together nicely. Thank you!

  5. Being new to cooking I use Pinterest to find new recipes and go straight to the recipes themselves. Having printed off the one for Sausage Pasta Skillet I found myself with a dilemma. When you say 3 cups short cut pasta is that dry or wet, and is that literally 3 cups measured? And staying with the pasta do you cook it before putting it in the skillet with the other ingredients? Thanks.

    1. Ken, the pasta is dry. It cooks in the pan with the liquid – that is why it is a one pan meal. You do use a measuring cup and measure 3 cups of pasta straight from the box. It is really close to a 12 oz box of pasta.

  6. 5 stars
    My husband found this recipe after I asked him for meal suggestions. I made it on a camping trip in our enclosed camper, and it was delicious. I’m fixing it tonight for a quick supper. Thank you for great recipes.