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One Pot Spicy Sausage Pasta

Looking for an easy 30-minute meal? Try this one pot spicy sausage pasta with jalapeños, andouille sausage and pasta. Dinner has never been tastier! 

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

It also totally inspired today’s recipe – a one pot spicy sausage skillet.

We have made the first-mentioned recipe so many times that I started to get bored.

It is so delicious but you can only eat the same thing so often before its time for a change.

I was torn. Its easy to make, I really like the flavors… but I just couldn’t eat it one more time.

Easy solution – change up the flavors and make it spicy.

one pot spicy sausage pasta skillet in a black skillet

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One Pot Spicy Sausage Pasta

The spiciness of this one pot dish comes from jalapeño slices and the smoky spiciness of andouille sausage.

I am kind of addicted to that tingle in your mouth from spicy food.

I do realize that not everyone can handle the amount of heat that we 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 the jalapeños first.

All of the ingredients get thrown into a pot together and everything cooks quite quickly.

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

You really can’t beat that and I love a delicious 30 minute meal.

What is a “One-Pot” skillet?

A “one-pot” skillet is a cooking method where an entire meal is prepared in a single skillet or pot on the stovetop, reducing the need for multiple dishes and simplifying the cooking process.

It involves layering and cooking various ingredients in the same skillet, allowing their flavors to meld and creating a convenient and flavorful dish.

This method is commonly used for preparing various meals, such as stir-fries, paella, jambalaya, and pasta dishes, making it favored for its simplicity and efficiency.

black spoon filled with spicy sausage pasta and jalapeños

Spicy Sausage Skillet 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: Chicken broth 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.

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

white plate of spicy sausage pasta

How To Make A One Pot Spicy Sausage Skillet

Heat the Skillet: Place a 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: For a creamy and indulgent touch, stir in the cream cheese.

This addition will contribute a luscious, velvety texture to the one-pot meal while helping to balance the spiciness and enrich the sauce.

Season to Taste: To achieve the perfect flavor balance, season the dish with salt and 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 Skillet is ready to be served.

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

close up photo of spicy sausage pasta

Some reader comments:

“My boyfriend and I make this all the time! It’s so easy and so delicious!” – Anne

“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!!” – Natty

One Pot Spicy Sausage Pasta Skillet

One Pot Spicy Sausage Pasta Skillet

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

Looking for an easy 30-minute meal? Try this one pot spicy sausage pasta skillet with jalapeños, andouille sausage and pasta. Dinner has never been tastier!


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


  1. Add the olive oil, sausage and red onion to your skillet and turn the heat to medium-high. Cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sausage begins to brown.
  2. Add the tomato sauce, chicken broth, and jalapeños. Bring to a boil, then add the penne. Reduce 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. Serve hot.


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: 383Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 1199mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 13g

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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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