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One-Pot Penne Pasta

One-Pot Penne Pasta

This one-pot penne pasta with sausage is a skillet meal that you can easily put together in the most effortless way
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Course: pasta
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: one-pot penne pasta, penne with sausage, skillet pasta, skillet pasta with sausage
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 574kcal
Author: Rika Livingston


  • deep skillet or dutch oven with lid


  • 1 pound sweet Italian chicken sausage
  • 12 oz penne pasta
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ cup diced yellow onion
  • ½ tbsp minced garlic
  • 14.5 oz (1 can) diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • cups chicken broth
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ tsp dried basil (or use Italian seasoning) use more according to your liking
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan or pecorino romano cheese (use more according to your liking)


  • 1 cup shredded or shaved mozzarella cheese (lightly packed)
  • chopped parsley (to serve)
  • salt and pepper (if needed)
  • a pinch of red pepper flakes (or more if you love spicy)


  • Heat large skillet or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add sausage; cook undisturbed for about 1 minute, then break apart with a spoon to crumble. Cook for about 2 minutes.
  • Add onion, and butter. Cook and keep stirring for 4 minutes.
  • Add garlic. Cook and keep stirring for 1 minute.
  • Add dried basil or Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, diced tomatoes, broth, heavy cream, tomato sauce, and uncooked pasta into the skillet to stir to combine. Bring to a boil then lower the heat to a medium-low setting and cook 15 minutes or until pasta is tender. Adjust seasoning with salt/pepper or red pepper flakes if needed.
    Be sure to keep stirring and scraping the bottom of the pot every 3 minutes to prevent the food from sticking and burning.
    Turn off the heat.
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese, and serve with additional cheese if needed.
  • (Optional): Add shredded or shaved mozzarella cheese on top of the pasta. Let stand, covered for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with parsley.



Nutrition Facts
One-Pot Penne Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 574 Calories from Fat 387
% Daily Value*
Fat 43g66%
Saturated Fat 20g125%
Cholesterol 121mg40%
Sodium 1149mg50%
Potassium 575mg16%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 912IU18%
Vitamin C 16mg19%
Calcium 216mg22%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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