Cheesy Sausage Pasta

Cheesy sausage pasta is a one-pot meal that can be made vegetarian or with regular sausage. This is my go-to for busy nights and the entire family loves it!

white bowl on a wood table with pasta and sausage in it

I love cooking from scratch with whole food ingredients. Unfortunately, that can take more time and energy than I have left. One-pot meals are my go-to on these days and cheesy sausage pasta is one of our favorites. Pasta is always a favorite for a quick meal, but with some cheese and sausage it turns into the ultimate comfort food!

This recipe of one of my family's favorites. Once my daughter misspoke when asking me to make it and called it "cheesy sausage pastage." So you'll have to pardon me if I accidentally call it that in this post ...

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What's In Cheesy Sausage Pasta?

This recipe is highly customizable! I use rigatoni pasta because I think it is the perfect shape to hold the creamy, cheesy sauce. One of my favorite aspects of this recipe - it can be made with regular sausage, or a plant-based alternative to make it vegetarian. Several people in my family are vegetarians, and several are not, so I often "doctor" recipes one way or the other. I use Field Roast apple sage sausage when making a vegetarian version, and a smoked kielbasa when making it for the carnivores.

I typically use "coconut cream," which is the creamy, solid part of coconut milk in a can. You can also use heavy whipping cream. I like the texture of the coconut cream, personally. You could also try different types of cheese, but I am ride or die for cheddar. I like to shred my own because it is so much creamier!

sausage and onions on wood cutting boards

How to Make Cheesy Sausage Pasta

Start by chopping up half of a sweet onion and two cloves of garlic and sauté them in a little olive oil til they are golden. Throw in your chopped up sausage and brown on both sides. To your pan add diced tomatoes, veggie broth, coconut cream, and pasta. Bring it to a boil and stir frequently. Then reduce the heat, cover it, and stir occasionally til the pasta is cooked through. You may need to add a little more veggie broth if it starts looking dry. Then you will remove it from the heat and stir in the cheese until it is melted. I just add salt to taste and enjoy!

Why are One-Pot Meals so Great?

One-pot meals are great for several reasons!

•Convenience - With one-pot meals, you're simplifying the cooking process. You don't have to juggle multiple pots and pans, which means fewer dishes to wash afterward. This convenience is especially appreciated on busy weeknights or when you don't have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen.

•Time-Saving - One-pot meals typically involve minimal prep work and cooking time since all the ingredients are cooked together in one pot. This saves you time on both preparation and cleanup, making them perfect for those who want to whip up a delicious meal without spending hours in the kitchen.

•Flavor Infusion - Cooking all the ingredients together in one pot allows the flavors to meld and infuse, resulting in a more complex and flavorful dish. As the ingredients simmer together, they exchange flavors, creating a cohesive and delicious final product.

•Versatility - One-pot meals are incredibly versatile and can accommodate a wide range of ingredients and flavor profiles. Whether you prefer pasta, rice, quinoa, or beans as the base, you can customize one-pot meals with your favorite proteins, vegetables, herbs, and spices to suit your taste preferences and dietary needs.

•Minimal Cleanup - Since you're only using one pot to cook the entire meal, cleanup is a breeze. There are fewer dishes to wash, which means less time spent cleaning up after dinner and more time to relax and enjoy your meal.

a white bowl on a wooden cutting board that has cheesy sausage pasta in it

Cheesy Sausage Pasta

Ingredients  

  • 8 oz rigatoni pasta
  • 1 package polish or plant-based sausage
  • 1/2 small sweet onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 1/2 C vegetable broth
  • 1/2 C coconut cream or heavy whipping cream
  • 1 C shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Instructions 

  • Heat a large, oiled skillet or pan over medium high heat. Add onions to the pan and saute until lightly browned, then add chopped sausage to the pan. Add tomatoes, pasta, vegetable broth, and milk. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat, cover, and cook (stirring occasionally) for 10-12 minutes or until pasta is cooked. Remove from heat and stir in cheese until melted. Salt to taste. 

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