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Spicy Sausage Pasta One Pot Recipe

This spicy sausage pasta one pot recipe with jalapeños, andouille sausage, and penne pasta is an easy, 30-minute recipe perfect for weeknights!

spicy sausage pasta with andouille sausage and jalapeño pieces

I love spicy food, and there are bonus points if any kind of pasta is included. Pasta dishes for the win, always. This recipe is spicy and a little smoky – you’ll have difficulty not going for seconds. 

My cheesy tomato pasta skillet recipe is the inspiration behind this recipe. It’s an easy pasta dish recipe, delicious, and can be quickly put on the dinner table.

I made that easy skillet so many times that I started to get bored. I was torn; it’s easy to make, and I like the flavors… but I just couldn’t eat it again.

Easy solution – change the flavors to include a spicy sauce and savory sausage. That’s how this spicy sausage pasta recipe – my new favorite pasta recipe – was created!

spoonful of cooked one-pot spicy sausage pasta recipe

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One Pot Spicy Sausage Pasta Recipe

The spiciness of this one-pot dish comes from jalapeño slices, which adds a great spice level to the sauce. This recipe is also smoky, thanks to andouille sausage

I am addicted to that tingle in your mouth from spicy foods.

Not everyone can handle the heat I like, and two jalapeños may be too much for you. One jalapeño will still give you heat but won’t burn your mouth.

You can also deseed and devein the jalapeños first for a medium heat.

The ingredients get thrown into a pot together, and everything cooks quickly. I couldn’t believe how quickly everything came together the first time I made this.

You can be done cooking and prepping in 30 minutes from start to finish, including the chopping. 

You can’t beat that, and I love a delicious 30-minute meal for busy weeknights!

spicy sausage pasta cooking in a skillet

Spicy Sausage Pasta Ingredients

This One Pot Spicy Sausage Skillet combines the bold and smoky notes of Andouille sausage, the slight sweetness of red onion, the fiery heat of jalapeños, and the creaminess of cream cheese to create a balanced and spicy one-pot dish.

The combination of ingredients offers a delightful balance of flavors and textures.

Olive Oil: Olive oil is used to cook and sauté the ingredients. It imparts a subtle fruity note and helps prevent sticking.

Andouille Sausage: Andouille sausage, a flavorful and spicy smoked sausage, serves as the primary protein source in this dish. It adds rich, smoky, and slightly spicy flavors.

Red Onion: Finely diced red onion contributes a mildly sweet and tangy flavor, enhancing the overall taste profile of the skillet.

Tomato Sauce: Tomato sauce provides a liquid base for the one-pot dish, giving it a deep and rich tomato flavor.

Chicken Broth or Stock: Chicken stock adds savory depth and a rich liquid component to the skillet, enhancing its overall flavor.

Jalapeños: Sliced jalapeños introduce a spicy kick to the dish, adding heat and a zesty element to the flavors.

Uncooked Penne: Penne pasta is included to provide a substantial and hearty component, soaking up the flavorful sauce.

Cream Cheese: Cream cheese contributes creaminess and richness to the skillet, giving the final sauce a velvety texture while helping to balance the spiciness.

Kosher Salt and Black Pepper (to taste): Salt and black pepper are used to season the skillet according to personal preferences, balancing and enhancing the overall flavor.

spoonful of creamy pasta and sausage

How To Make Spicy, Creamy Sausage Pasta

Heat the Skillet: Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Once the oil is heated, add the andouille sausage and finely diced red onion to the skillet. 

Sauté for approximately 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cook until the andouille slices brown.

Add Tomato Sauce and Broth: Pour the can of tomato sauce and the chicken broth into the skillet. Then add the sliced jalapeños for the recipe’s spicy kick. 

Bring the mixture to a boil to incorporate the ingredients, infusing them with the sauce’s deep tomato flavor.

Incorporate Penne Pasta: Add the uncooked penne pasta to the skillet. The pasta will absorb the savory sauce and become tender, enhancing the overall texture of the dish. 

Reduce the heat to a simmer and continue cooking for about 10 minutes or until the penne is cooked to your desired level of tenderness. 

Scroll down to see the full recipe below!

Stir in Cream Cheese: This addition creates a creamy sauce that helps to balance the spiciness and enrich the sauce.

Season to Taste: To achieve the perfect flavor balance, season the dish with kosher salt and black pepper according to your taste preferences. 

Adjust the seasonings as needed to enhance the overall taste of the skillet.

Serve Hot: Once the penne is tender, the cream cheese is fully incorporated, and the flavors are well-balanced, your One-Pot Spicy Sausage Pasta is ready to be served. 

Dish it up hot and enjoy this flavorful and satisfying one-pot meal.

white plate full of spicy sausage pasta

How to Store Leftovers for the Next Day

If you have any leftovers of this spicy sausage pasta, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

spicy sausage pasta with andouille sausage and jalapeño pieces

One Pot Spicy Sausage Pasta

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This spicy sausage pasta one pot recipe with jalapeños, andouille sausage, and penne pasta is an easy, 30-minute recipe perfect for weeknights!


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 14 ounces andouille sausage, cut into thin rings
  • ½ cup finely diced red onion
  • 16-ounce can of tomato sauce
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 large jalapeños, sliced into half rings
  • 8 ounces of uncooked penne pasta
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • kosher salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste


  1. Add the olive oil, andouille sausage, and red onion to a large skillet set to medium-high heat. Cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sausage browns.
  2. Add the tomato sauce, chicken broth, and jalapeños. Bring to a boil, then add the penne. Reduce to medium heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until the penne is tender. Stir in the cream cheese and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Serve hot.


The recipe as followed will make al dente pasta. If you like pasta less firm, you will need to add additional broth or water. Add liquid in ½ cup increments until the pasta has reached your desired firmness.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 376Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 1201mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 13g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated and may not be correct.

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Saturday 15th of October 2022

I always get so excited when I find a delicious, easy recipe. I only added one jalapeno and cooked the pasta separately. Otherwise kept everything the same. The cream cheese is what really made it perfect. Will be making again for sure!


Tuesday 23rd of April 2019

Such easy and quick to finish! Let image on a lazy day you recognize the beloved refrigerator only have a short sausage, a couple of tomatoes, 1 cup of cream cheese and leftover beef last night, you can use this recipe to pamper your hungry belly. Just 30 minutes only!


Saturday 6th of April 2019

I stumbled upon this recipe about a year ago and i have made it more times than i can count. Everyone i have made it for raves about it and then has me forward the recipe on to them. absolutely delicious one of my favorite meals!! cant wait to try more of your recipes


Tuesday 5th of June 2018

I made this tonight and I'm already super excited for leftovers tomorrow. I used while grain pasta so it needed a tiny bit more chicken broth... Otherwise I made it as directed and it was AMAZING!


Sunday 21st of January 2018

My boyfriend and I make this all the time! It’s so easy and so delicious! Sometimes we make it with whole wheat pasta and it seems like we have to add much more water; otherwise we follow the recipe exactly and it always turns out amazing. Thank you for sharing!

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