Cheesy Pasta and Sausage + Video

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Cheesy Pasta and Sausage is a family favorite comfort food meal. This amazing one pot pasta recipe cooks in one pot, and in only 20 minutes!!

A creamy, cheesy tomato basil sauce cooks right into the linguine pasta in this amazing Italian meal! Toss everything in a pot and let it cook. It’s so easy, it just about cooks itself. Now that’s my kind of meal!

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I am constantly on the hunt for quicker and simpler ways to feed my family in a healthier manner.  30-minute meals and one pot dinners are big around here.

Even Christmas dinner, which used to be an all-day affair, is now prepared in 30 minutes, unless it’s made a crockpot. 

In my quest for quick and easy dinners, one-pot meals have been spectacular for me.  Only one pot to wash – yahoo!!  So, last year I saw this one-pot pasta recipe all over the web. 

This comfort food meal is amazing! You literally toss all of the ingredients in a pot and everything cooks together. Toss in some fresh herbs and cheese at the end, and serve. 

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Watch the video below to see us make the cheesy sausage pasta!

One Pot Cheesy Pasta and Sausage

Oh, my heavens.  this cheesy pasta and sausage is the perfect meal. Tomatoes, basil, ooey-gooey cheese, and sausage come together to create the perfect sauce for the pasta.

It is so flavorful that Chad and I ate two bowls each.  Even Munchkin loved it, and I am sure you will too.

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Use your favorite sausage. I prefer Italian sausage links, but you can use your favorite.
  • For more flavor, you can use reduced-sodium chicken broth in place of the water for even more flavor.
  • Want a different type of pasta? You can substitute 1 pound of any dry pasta for the spaghetti. Fettucine and linguine are great options. Just cook it to al dente… this Italian phrase means, “with a slight bite to it.”

QUICK KITCHEN HACK – Slicing Small Tomatoes

1. Grab 2 storage container lids that are the same size. They don’t have to be round, and you can use any size lid, as long as it has a lip around the edge. You can even use small appetizer plates from your kitchen.

2. Place lids with the lip facing up, so you have an edge that will hold your food. Fill one lid with cherry or grape tomatoes. Place the 2nd lid on top of the tomatoes with the lip facing down.

3. Firmly press down on the top lid, but not so hard that you squish your tomatoes. The two lips will hold the tomatoes in place, so they do not roll off the lid.

4. Slide your serrated knife between the lids and carefully slice through them. Watch your fingers. And voila – you have a plate full of sliced tomatoes in a blink!

Kitchen Tools for One-Pot Cheesy Pasta and Sausage:

  • 4 Quart Braising Pan – this is my favorite cookware to use for one-pot meals like this cheesy pasta and sausage. The spaghetti fits completely inside without having to break it in half, so you can put the lid on.
  • Tongs – I love this set of 3. I use every pair of them. They are so handy and grip amazingly well!


With love from our simple kitchen to yours. 

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Cheesy Pasta and Sausage + Video

Donna Elick
Cheesy Pasta and Sausage is a family favorite comfort food meal. This amazing one pot pasta recipe cooks in one pot, in just 20 minutes!
5 stars from 2 reviews
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine Italian
Method Stovetop
Servings 6 -8



  • 3 cups grape tomatoes, cut in half and divided
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 pound smoked Italian sausage links, precooked and sliced into coins
  • 20-30 basil leaves, divided
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 pound dry linguine, (See Notes)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 4 1/2 cups water, or beef or chicken broth
  • 1 cup fresh shredded Parmesan cheese


  • Set aside 1 cup halved tomatoes, 10 basil leaves, and all of the Parmesan cheese.
  • Combine remaining ingredients in a 12-inch braising pan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cover and bring to a boil. Once water is boiling, remove the cover and cook 7-9 minutes, or until pasta is al dente (with a bite to it).  Toss pasta with tongs occasionally to keep the pasta from sticking. The liquid will be mostly absorbed when pasta is finished cooking.
  • Add cheese and toss to combine. Cheese may clump at first, but will melt into the sauce after a few minutes.  Toss in remaining tomatoes and basil before serving.


Donna’s Notes

  1. Use your favorite sausage. I prefer Italian sausage links.
  2. You can substitute 1 pound of any type of dry pasta for the spaghetti. Linguine and fettucine are great options. Just be sure to cook the pasta to al dente (meaning, with a slight bite to it).


Serving: 1 | Calories: 632cal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 1419mg | Sugar: 5g | Fiber: 4g | Calcium: 252mg | Iron: 2mg

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.

Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
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Originally published March 2014. Updated and republished June 2022.

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  1. Picked up a pack of chicken sausages last week and they were sun-dried tomato flavored. So totally had to use it for this dish. It turned out wonderfully! Even without the basil (forgot to pick it up from the store). Served it with a tossed salad and toasted garlic bread.

  2. OMG…thought we were back in Italy on vacation. This was so darn good! Did use hot Italian sausage that I pre cooked before the rest of the ingredients, but I will be making this again and again and again. Husband and adult son loved it immensely. Thank you sooooo much. Have entered my email to get on your list and following you now on Pinterest. Love, love, love your website.

  3. I switched the pasta for spaghetti squash used turkey sausage and addded olives then baked it in my panini pot. I wander sure about the water since it was mainly for the pasta, but I added a quarter cup just to be cautious. So delicious!! I'm glad I bought enough to make it a second time ��

  4. trying this one tonight. after a long day at work and tired of fast food, this might serve 2 a couple nights and lunch….

  5. This looks SO good…. will be dinner tomorrow night! I do have one question though. I don't have fresh basil, so can I use the dried basil from my spice rack and if so, how much would you suggest? Sorry if it's a dumb question but I'm just getting into the swing of cooking. 😀

  6. This dish quickly became a favourite for myself and the other half. As we've made it, I've tweaked the recipe a bit and thought I would share with others what we've done, just in case someone else is adventurous like me in the kitchen!

    To start, we have never found good pre-cooked sausages, so we start with raw mild Italian sausages and brown them in the pan we use for the dish. I actually overcook them a little, ensuring they brown nicely before I coin them. Instead of wasting all that lovely flavour, I add a cup of white or cooking wine into the pan and let that set while I prep the rest of the ingredients (tomatoes, onions, basil, etc). I then add a healthy sprinkling of red pepper flakes and a cube of chicken stock (the kind I buy uses one cube per two cups of water). Instead of adding the full amount of water as listed, I add the remainder, minus the cup of wine from earlier, combining all the ingredients in the pan as directed, following the remainder of the recipe as written.

    There are some occasions where I'll add a spoonful or two of spaghetti sauce to really amp up the tomato flavour, but honestly, this dish does a great job of letting the cherry/grape tomatoes do all the flavouring for you! Also, we always use linguine, because it's our favourite.

    I've wondered if perhaps adding some button mushrooms to this might make it even better, but even just following the recipe as is really does turn out beautifully. For those more adventurous, this is a great base recipe that you can add your own pizzazz to! Happy cooking, everyone!

  7. Has anyone tried using the canned Italian flavored diced tomatoes instead of the cherry tomatoes and fresh basil?

    1. No. The basil is what flavours the dish and broccoli would not lend a proper flavour to an italian-inspired dish.

  8. I've made this several times and it's a household favorite. It doesn't make the greatest leftovers though. I've also made it just using dried basil and it is great!

  9. I made two alterations, for dietary reasons: uncooked Italian sausage and substitute cremini mushrooms for the onion. I cooked the sausage in the pot, removed it, and cooked the mushrooms in the sausage drippings. I followed the recipe as given after that. It was delicious and my whole family loved it!

  10. Made this for dinner tonight with my 12 yr old and it was fantastic. We used the fully cooked and packaged chicken sausage over by tbe deli meat at the grocery store and one can of chicken broth and the rest water and it was fantastic.

  11. Made this tonight with ground Italian sausage. I used two cans regular sized diced tomatoes, and 4 cups broth. Flavor was great, but sauce was a little thin. Definitely a keeper!

    1. Hi Sheila,
      We are so happy to hear your family enjoyed it! Thank you for the star rating! Enjoy your day.
      TSRI Team Member,

  12. 5 stars
    I made this using regular Italian sausage and low sodium beef broth in place of the water. I had a couple of bell peppers that I chopped and tossed in for the last few minutes. It was delicious!

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