One-Pot Spicy Sausage Pasta is pan-seared andouille smoked sausage, pasta, and a creamy, cheesy, spicy sauce. For another easy, delicious weeknight pasta meal, be sure to check out my one pot spaghetti!

Overhead image of One Pot Spicy Sausage on a Cutting Board.

One-Pot Spicy Sausage Pasta

This One Pot Spicy Sausage Pasta dish is bursting with spicy, cheesy, creamy flavors! The andouille sausage and the crushed red pepper flakes give this dish a nice spicy kick, while the heavy cream and cheeses add a wonderful, creamy consistency that everybody is sure to love. Since this meal is all made using just one pot, it also makes the clean-up afterward a breeze!

Serve this with a side of green beans and garlic breadsticks for a delicious, filling meal.

Spoonful of One Pot Spicy Sausage from overhead.

One-Pot Spicy Sausage Pasta Ingredients

Tomatoes: I used cherry tomatoes in this recipe. You could also use whole tomatoes cut into bite-sized pieces.

Heavy Cream: Heavy cream is at least 30% fat (as opposed to half and half, which is only 10-18% fat).

Red Pepper Flakes: The crushed red pepper flakes add to the spiciness of this dish. However, more or less can be added to satisfy your spice preference.

Pasta: I used campanelle pasta in this dish. However, you could use whatever pasta you have on hand. Ziti, rigatoni, or cavatappi would all be wonderful substitutions. If you really want to be adventurous you can make homemade pasta! Just be aware that the cooking time may vary if using homemade pasta, as it tends to cook much faster than dried pasta.

Plates of One Pot Spicy Sausage from Overhead.

Can I Substitute the Chicken Broth in This Recipe?

I used chicken broth in this recipe, but you could use an alternative base like chicken stock, or even vegetable broth if that is what you have on hand.

What is the Best Substitute for Andouille Smoked Sausage?

Chorizo or kielbasa (or ring sausage) can easily be substituted in this dish without changing the recipe too drastically. You may not get the same amount of smokey, spicy flavors as you do from the Andouille smoked sausage, but it will still be an excellent dish!

Fork Picking up a Bite of Sausage from One Pot Spicy Sausage.

How Can I Store One Pot Spicy Sausage Pasta?

This dish is best served hot and fresh. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

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4.84 from 25 votes

One Pot Spicy Sausage Pasta

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
One Pot Spicy Sausage Pasta is pan-seared andouille smoked sausage, campanelle pasta, and a creamy, cheesy, spicy sauce.


  • 1 ring (13 ounces) Andouille smoked sausage, or kielbasa, sliced diagonally into ¼ inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced (approximately 1 cup, 160g)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces cherry tomatoes, quartered (approximately 1½ cups, 226g)
  • 3 cups (720 g) chicken broth
  • ½ cup (119g) heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 8 ounces dry campanelle pasta (or pasta of choice)
  • 1 cup (113g) Monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • ¼ cup (25g) parmesan cheese, grated
  • parsley for garnish (optional)


  • In a large pot over medium-high heat, add oil. Once hot, add sausage and cook for about 3-5 minutes on each side, or until brown.
  • Transfer to a plate and tent to keep warm. To the same pan add onions and cook until softened (about 5-8 minutes).
  • Add garlic. Cook for one more minute, or until fragrant.
  • Add tomatoes, broth, cream, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, dry pasta noodles, and cooked sausage, stir to combine. Press noodles down slightly so they are fully covered with the liquid.
  • Reduce heat to medium. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until pasta is cooked al dente. Stir occasionally. (Please note: Cooking times may vary, depending on the type of noodle you used.)
  • Remove pot from heat. Add cheeses and stir together until cheeses are melted. Let rest, uncovered, for 5-10 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve hot.



***This recipe has been updated based on reader feedback.

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  1. Can this be made without onions and can I use bootie noodles also can I use sharp cheddar and parmasean cheese instead of Monterey jack

  2. 5 stars
    This is how good this is…my son has NOT stopped talking about it! This is NOW his second best meal! I KNOW I’ve written twice about this but I JUST HAD too! The elbowshells held ALL the delicious sauce inside & it could EASILY be used as a side if you take out the sausage. He ate the onions without knowing! The cheesy garlic bread set it all off with a small side salad. OKAY, I think I’ve said enough for those to try it!

  3. 5 stars
    I forgot to add that I used Kielbasa because that’s what I had on hand, used shellbows,(again, what I had on hand, added a little extra water to make the pasta done to OUR taste) and had cojita cheese instead of the parmesan cheese AGAIN ,having what I had on hand. This is a GREAT recipe for those who THINK they can’t cook. Oh my goodness, what a GREAT recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    Well, I JUST made this and it smells so FREAKIN’ GOOD! My youngest son tasted the sauce & said …”well, she deserves 2 slaps across the face! That’s what we do when a dish is EVERY BIT OF ALL THAT! I CHANGED NOTHING! In fact, I went to the store JUST to buy heavy cream as that’s the ONLY ingredient I didn’t have. PLEASE…do NOT deviate from the recipe, unless you’re ADDING something! I added more garlic as my family LOVES it! I made home made garlic cheese bread with pepper jack cheese. OH MY GOODNESS! Certainly a keeper!

  5. 4 stars
    I had all the ingredients including andouille sausage so I gave it a go. Added about 15% more cheese but it still turned out rather soupy but thickened on cooling, Used fusilli and will reduce the broth next time.

  6. Great flavor and good potential, but super soupy. I read the feedback in comments, but still seems to be an issue. will reduce amount of broth, or increase pasta in the future.

  7. 5 stars
    I didn’t have any andouille sausage and used kielbasa. I also didn’t have any cherry tomatoes, so I used sun dried instead. Everything else, I followed per the recipe. Delicious!

  8. I made this tonight for dinner. It is so delicious, it’ll definitely be in our dinner menu rotation.

    I used mini penne pasta, because that’s what I had on hand, and I reduced the chicken broth by 1 cup because of other reviews. Otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly. Tastes like I ate out at an Italian restaurant.

    Thanks so much for this recipe (and to those who wrote about the chicken broth).

  9. 5 stars
    I am all about a one pot meal that’s quick, easy and delicious. We will definitely enjoy this again! Thank you for all your great recipes.

  10. Update: I did end up adding an extra cup of broth because I had 10 oz of pasta instead of 8. Had it been 8 oz I’m not sure I would have needed it, maybe just half a cup extra. 3 cups of broth would have been WAY too much. It turned out perfect and delicious. If they don’t update the recipe, don’t make it as written, just adjust the broth as needed for the amount and type of pasta. I just added more later if it seemed like it was drying up. You can add liquid but you can’t take it away!

    1. We updated the recipe and after testing several times found the ingredient amounts to be correct (3 cups is correct). However, I have added that allowing the pasta to sit for a few minutes will let it thicken and not be soupy.

  11. Everybody: I see the problem. There is a typo in the recipe. 240g of broth is ONE cup. I make other recipes this portion size of pasta and they all use 2 cups broth max. With one cup broth, half a cup of cream, and the tomato juices it should come out the right consistency. Will post again with an update.

    1. Hi! Please wait before making. After seeing the feedback we made it 3 times today to try and replicate the problem as well as make sure the recipe is written correctly. While it still tastes good a little soupy, I want to make sure the results we achieved can be replicated for everyone. I will have an update tomorrow!

      1. I already have everything I need to make it tonight but I think I can manage. Also, considering the issue with the grams to cups I’d say that is something that is incorrect in the recipe.

  12. 5 stars
    I love one pot meals so I’m always looking for new easy delicious recipes and this one did not disappoint! It was so easy and delicious. Thanks for this, its a keeper!

  13. 4 stars
    I really liked the flavor but mine turned out really soupy. I’m not sure where I messed up. Next time I think I will use less broth and leave out the majority of the cheese. It was supper stringy and made it difficult to eat without having strings of cheese hanging from my chin.

  14. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and doubled it. Definitely a keeper! I also added chopped baby spinach to it!

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