Easy Italian Sausage and Potatoes Skillet Recipe

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This Italian sausage and potatoes skillet is ready in 30 minutes and will please even the pickiest of eaters. Make a double batch and save some for lunches! Use this sausage and potatoes recipe as a fun way to create easy meals for the family. 

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If you’re like me, you’re always on the hunt for new recipes. What I love about this simple sheet pan dinner is that it’s a great way to create a main course in a fraction of the time. 

I’ve made this dish a couple times, and it’s a great addition to busy weeknight meals. One quick tip is that you can add red pepper flakes to make this easy hearty dish spicy! 

You can also add spicy sausage as one of the simple ingredients to make this simple meal taste unique and different each time. 

ingredients for sausage and potatoes skillet recipe

Italian Sausage and Potatoes

Juicy Italian links and tender, buttery red potatoes are seasoned with fresh rosemary and basil for a simple, delicious flavor.

Toss in some chopped onion and halved grape tomatoes for acid and sweetness, and you have yourself one incredibly easy meal!

The best part about this sausage and potatoes skillet recipe is that it’s incredibly versatile! 

While my family loves the combination of hot Italian sausage and potatoes, you could easily throw in some extra veggies or try a different variety of links.

Skillet recipes are a favorite of mine, especially when weeknights are hectic. Not only are they quick and easy, but there’s no pile of dishes to clean before bed.

cooking sausage

Sausage Potato Skillet Tips and Tricks

  • Don’t overcrowd the pan! Food needs plenty of room to brown properly, so be sure to use a pan that has lots of surface area.
  • Swap out the links. There are so many different varieties of sausage! 

    The spicy Italian is so flavorful in this fried potatoes and sausage recipe, but mild or sweet would be just as delicious. 

    You could even try bratwurst or kielbasa if you’d like.
  • Kitchen hack: Instead of slicing grape tomatoes one at a time, place a handful between two lids and run a bread knife through the middle. 

    You’ll have the whole pint halved in seconds! 
  • Leave the skins on. No need to peel each potato — the skin is already quite thin. Just give them a good rinse and a gentle scrub with your fingers as needed.
  • No fresh herbs? While they certainly provide the best flavor, you can substitute dried rosemary and dried basil if needed. 

    Just reduce the amount to 1 teaspoon of each.
overhead of sausage, potatoes, and veggies in a skillet

Serving Suggestions

This sausage and potatoes skillet recipe creates a full meal, especially if you decide to add some extra veggies to the pan!

If you want extra greens on your plate, throw together some coleslaw or a fresh leafy salad. 

Corn on the cob is another excellent addition, and the extra sweetness will balance the savory flavors of the skillet potatoes and sausage.

Italian Sausage and Potatoes FAQ‌

Should you pierce sausages before cooking?

No need to pierce the sausages before cooking them. Just place them in your oiled pan and cook over medium heat until browned.

What other vegetables can I add to this sausage potato skillet recipe? 

Bell peppers, yellow squash, zucchini, broccoli, green beans, and asparagus would all taste great with fried potatoes and sausage. Keep a close eye on whatever you choose to add since some veggies take longer to cook than others.

You could also swap the larger red potatoes with baby red or baby gold varieties.

Can I use turkey sausage for this recipe? 

You can. Sheet pan meals are versatile in how they can be cooked and used, so turkey sausage can be a great option to use in place of Italian sausage links or even chicken sausage. No matter what you use, you want to make sure that you’re cooking the sausage completely all the way through. That way, no matter the kind of sausage you use, you’ll be able to create an easy weeknight meal with it. 

Easy dinners like this can be used with any type of sausage. You can then pair the cooked sausage with the best type of potatoes to create the complete meal. 

How long do Italian sausage and potatoes last in the refrigerator? 

Leftovers will keep for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator when stored in an airtight container. 

Reheat skillet potatoes and sausage in the microwave or on the stove until everything is warmed through.

close up: fried potatoes and sausage with tomatoes

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Easy Italian Sausage and Potatoes Skillet Recipe

Donna Elick
Skillet Italian sausage and potatoes is ready in 30 minutes and will please even the pickiest of eaters. Make a double batch and save some for lunches!
5 stars from 1 review
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Method Stovetop
Servings 4


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound hot Italian sausage, any sausage can be used
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 pound red potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, sliced in half (divided)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon chopped basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper


  • Warm oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat (a seasoned cast iron skillet is perfect), add sausage and cover. Cook until browned, turning once. After sausages are browned add potatoes, onion, salt and pepper. Cover. Stir often.
  • Remove sausages once they are mostly cooked through. Spread potato mixture across skillet and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Slice sausage into 1/2” pieces and return to pan. Add rosemary, garlic and 1/2 of tomatoes. Cook about 5 minutes or until tomatoes are cooked. Add basil, remaining tomatoes and stir to combine. Serve and enjoy!

Donna’s Notes

Start your sausage and then do your prep; potatoes and onions, then garlic, tomatoes and herbs. You will have dinner on the table in 30 minutes!
Cooked sausage and potatoes will last 3-4 days if stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
You could use baby red potatoes or baby gold potatoes in this recipe.
There are so many varieties of sausage. The spicy Italian is so flavorful and great in this recipe, but you could use mild or any other variety.
You could try adding in any vegetables to this recipe. Bell peppers, yellow squash, zucchini, broccoli, green beans, or asparagus would all be great options. Some veggies take longer to cook than others, so just keep an eye on your cooking. Hard, dense vegetables typically take longer to cook.
While it’s best to use fresh ingredients for full flavor, you can use dried rosemary and dried basil if you don’t have access to fresh herbs.
Should you pierce sausages before cooking? You do not need to pierce the sausages before cooking. Just place them in your oiled pan and cook over medium-high heat and follow as directed in the recipe.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 533cal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 1147mg | Sugar: 5g | Fiber: 4g | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 3mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published August 2012, updated and republished March 2024

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  1. I've been eyeing that chicken sausage for a while now. It looks wonderful combined with potatoes and herbs. Everyone would love this! Thanks Donna.

  2. This is so enticing looking Donna! I love the golden color and the aroma must be amazing! I love chicken sausage, so low in fat and so much protein, it seems to keep me satisfied for a long time!

  3. Italian sausage is one of our favorite meats, it's so full of flavor it makes me want to smile. And this dish is full of smiles! We'll be making this soon.

  4. Hello !
    I tried to follow your recipe. But it was not delicious. Color is also different.
    Please give me advise?

  5. Looks Divine. I never cooked Italian Sausage with the casing still on but, ( at least looks like you left casing on sausage while browning) this dish looks so delicious that I will be giving this a try.
    Thank You

  6. 5 stars
    So delicious! I am a huge fan of italian sausage so I knew I had to make this. It turned out great, very savory and filling.

  7. Hi Donna, I have been cooking this recipe for years, as this is a dish handed down from my mother and grandmother. I also put bell pepper in mine. It it a quick dish to prepare. The only thing I do differently is brown the onion, and garlic first, then the bell pepper, and after that I add the cut up sausage and seasonings and cook awhile before I add the potatoes. But next time I’m going to try using the tomatoes as you suggested. I never have any leftovers when I cook this for dinner. It’s a family favorite!

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