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This sausage pasta is super easy to make because everything cooks together in one pan. Our one-pot pasta recipe makes an easy, family favorite weeknight dinner. Plus, one-pot cooking means there are fewer dishes to wash!
Do you like one pot meals? We’ve got several that we love. One is chicken alfredo based and another is a lasagna skillet with kale. I love them because they are so versatile…and this new sausage pasta was a HIT with the family!
We’re not sure who the genius is behind the creation of one-pot pasta recipes. All we know for sure is that he/she deserves a standing ovation for their efforts to save us time in the kitchen.
The fact is, we live in a world where instant gratification is the norm. It seems that many people want what they want, and they want it as quickly as possible, thank you very much.
As a result, we tend to look for recipes that will save us time. Either during the cooking time, in the clean-up afterward or both. Some of the best ways to do that are with sheet pan dinners and one-pot meals.
Speaking of sheet pan dinners… Have you seen the recipes for Sheet Pan Lemon Chicken and Sheet Pan Apple Chicken? Super tasty!
The great news is, quick and easy One-Pot Sausage Pasta places a checkmark in all of those boxes! It’s a weeknight comfort food pasta dish that:
For this recipe you can use whatever pasta sauce is your favorite. We tend to look at the labels and choose sauces that are low in sugar. I love Rao’s marinara sauce when I’m in a pinch.
If we have enough time, we use our refined sugar free spaghetti sauce, ragu sauce or lasagna meat sauce. They are AMAZING and make simple recipes like these taste extra special.
Every pasta takes just a little different time to cook. Choosing whole wheat or traditional, large pasta or small, each require different times. I used a whole wheat penne pasta (Barilla brand) for this.
You can look at the back of the box to gauge cooking time, but note that you’ll need a little extra time since the pasta isn’t boiling in a large pot of water. Our pasta took a total of about 17 minutes to cook in this recipe. Normally it would take about 10 minutes to get to al dente.
Yes, you can freeze this one-pot pasta! Sausage pasta is very freezer-friendly. As a matter of fact, it makes fantastic meal prep lunches, too.
You will just need a few of the freezable meal prep containers; either glass or microwave safe BPA-free plastic.
After you make the sausage pasta, let it cool completely before you transfer it to freezable containers.Cooling food completely reduces the chance of condensation forming on the underside of the lid. If it’s left there, that moisture can drip onto the food, eventually causing freezer burn.
I’m confused… am I supposed to just add dry pasta or does it need to be cooked first? Lol
My son absolutely loved this – he went back for thirds (he’s a skinny particular eater). It’s easy to make (it’s all in one pot, after all) and quick for a weeknight dinner. I didn’t have canned tomatoes, so I added a full jar of Rao’s instead. It was delicious.
I was able to cook this outside on a propane burner when local construction caused some unscheduled power outages. Thank you so much for suce an easy recipe!
This recipe turned out great! Thank you!