One Pot Pasta with Italian Sausage

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Take the stress out of dinner prep with this fast and fresh recipe for One Pot Pasta with Italian Sausage.

One Pot Pasta with Italian Sausage in white bowl with fresh mozzarella and basil

Life has been a whirlwind around here lately, and I am not complaining one bit! Now that I have two little boys (both under age 2!), I am all about minimizing stress and maximizing meal prep. And it doesn’t get much easier, tastier or more satisfying than a big ol’ bowl of One Pot Pasta with Italian Sausage.

Cooked Italian sausage in pot

This recipe is everything you need in a hearty meal that can be tweaked and customized based on whatever you can find in your fridge or pantry. All you need is this basic recipe template (and a large appetite and/or a desire for freezable leftovers):

Uncooked noodles in pot with marinara sauce and cooked sausage

1. Pick Your Protein: I’ve opted for Italian sausage, but ground beef, ground turkey, ground pork or even ground chicken would work.

2. Select Your Sauce: Homemade or store-bought marinara both do the trick, but if you’re feeling like taking things up a notch, can I interest you in my DIY vodka sauce?

3. Know Your Noodles: Any variety of noodle will work, but I favor a sturdier shape that can stand up to a meaty ragù, such as rigatoni, cavatappi or penne.

Cooked pasta with Italian sausage in pot

And that right there is the result! The real beauty of this dish is that the noodles cook directly in the sauce, so there’s no waiting on a pot of water coming to a boil. The simmering sauce thickens into a hearty ragù, and all that’s left to do is add a few halved mini mozzarella balls and freshly grated Parmesan cheese on top.

Ready to get cooking? I’ve teamed up with Williams Sonoma and Scanpan to bring you the video below. Tune in to see me whip up this One Pot Pasta with Italian Sausage.

And if you’re feeling extra fancy, complete your feast with a hot loaf of my go-to Secret Ingredient Cheesy Garlic Bread!

One Pot Pasta with Italian Sausage in white bowl with mozzarella, Parmesan and fresh basil

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One Pot Pasta with Italian Sausage

Take the stress out of dinner prep with this fast and fresh recipe for One Pot Pasta with Italian Sausage.
Author: Kelly Senyei
4.67 from 3 votes
One Pot Pasta with Italian Sausage in white bowl with fresh mozzarella and basil
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 6 servings


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound Italian sausage, casing removed
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 4 cups marinara sauce
  • 16 oz. uncooked pasta, sauce as penne, rigatoni or cavatappi
  • Mini mozzarella balls, for serving
  • Parmesan cheese, for serving
  • Fresh basil, for serving


  • In a large pot set over medium-low heat, add the olive oil then add the sausage and cook it, breaking it apart into pieces, until it is no longer pink.
  • Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until it is golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. 
  • Add the marinara sauce, stirring to combine, then stir in 2 cups of water and the pasta. 
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce it to a simmer then cover the pot and continue cooking until the pasta is al dente, 12 to 15 minutes. 
  • Serve the pasta topped with Parmesan cheese and fresh basil. 

Kelly's Note:

  • Aim for a 6-quart heavy-bottomed stock pot or braiser that has a lid. 
  • ★ Did you make this recipe? Don't forget to give it a star rating below!


Calories: 603kcal, Carbohydrates: 66g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 57mg, Sodium: 1413mg, Potassium: 900mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 705IU, Vitamin C: 13.3mg, Calcium: 53mg, Iron: 3.5mg


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  1. 4 stars
    Hi Kelly,

    We made the One Pot Pasta with Italian Sausage on 6-18-18. Overall verdict; thumbs up. I halved the recipe, but used 1 T olive oil, sweated the minced garlic before adding the sausage, and added 1 & 1/4 cup water after adding the red sauce to the meat. I used penne pasta, and needed to cook the dish for 18 minutes.

    You failed to mention adding the mozarella balls, but we added them after putting the finished dish in a big pasta bowl.

  2. 5 stars
    Your last menu with the mango tart was absolutely super. I did use 4 mangos to make sure the tart was covered. Beautiful presentation and delicious for Fathers Day!!!