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This One Pot Penne Pasta recipe is made with sausage, red peppers, and spinach and ready in 15 minutes, making this pasta recipe a weeknight favorite recipe!

One Pot Penne Pasta Recipe with Sausage and Peppers from addapinch.com

It’s a busy weeknight and if I haven’t planned ahead, I start to think about what’s for supper. It’s a question I know we all ask ourselves all the time!

These are times I am happy to remember this One Pot Penne Pasta recipe. I am always thankful that it’s such a quick and easy recipe. I also am happy that my family absolutely loves it!

This is one of those pasta recipes that you throw everything into the pot and everything cooks together like magic. It also means there is only one pot to wash, one pot to dry, and one pot to put away. I love recipes like that! 

One Pot Penne Pasta Recipe

You can customize the ingredients to your preference, but here is what I include.

Smoked Sausage – I use smoked sausage in this pasta. Since it is already cooked and smoked, it adds so much flavor to this pasta recipe in a short amount of time. I like to slice the smoked sausage into bite-sized pieces to help it heat through even more quickly, but also for ease when served.

Onion – Diced onion is delicious in this dish, but can easily be omitted if you do not enjoy onions.

Garlic – Fresh garlic is minced and included in this pasta recipe. If you do not enjoy garlic, you can omit.

Mushrooms – You can use either white or portobello sliced fresh mushrooms in this recipe or you can even use sliced mushrooms in the jar that have been drained.

Chicken Stock – Homemade chicken stock is always my preference, but if it is not available, you can use store-bought. I like to use an unsalted one with minimal ingredients.

Roasted Red Peppers – I use jarred store-bought roasted red peppers in this recipe! Make sure to include the liquid from the jar for all of that delicious flavor in the finished pasta dish!

Cheeses – I use both Monterrey Jack cheese and Parmesan cheese in this recipe.

Fresh Spinach – Fresh baby spinach is perfect in this recipe. Since you add the cheeses and the spinach while the pasta is hot, the spinach will become tender and will wilt into the dish. Yum!

The flavor combination is out of this world delicious and one that I think you’ll enjoy, too!

How to Make One Pot Penne Pasta

Not only is this dish full of incredible flavor, it makes a delicious, quick and easy pasta recipe!

  • To make this one pot pasta, add the sausage, onions, garlic, and mushrooms to the pot first.
  • Once your onions become tender, toss in the penne pasta, add the chicken stock and the jar of roasted red peppers with the liquid from the jar, and cover the pot for about 5 to 8 minutes. This allows the penne pasta to cook quickly and become tender. Remove the lid, stir and continue to cook until penne pasta is al dente or reaches the amount of tenderness you prefer.
  • Finally, stir in the fresh spinach and cheeses until well combined, and the spinach is tender. Then it’s ready to serve!

Believe me, this has become one of my favorite staple recipes! It is so easy and delicious and a dish my family loves!

More Pasta Recipes You May Enjoy:

Alfredo Recipe

BLT Pasta Salad

Pasta Fagioli

One Pot Penne Pasta Recipe with Sausage and Peppers from addapinch.com

Here’s my simple One Pot Penne Pasta recipe. It’s a keeper!

4.84 from 31 votes

One Pot Penne Pasta Recipe

Dinner 15 mins

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 8
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone
This One Pot Penne Pasta recipe is made with sausage, red peppers, and spinach and ready in 15 minutes, making this pasta recipe a weeknight favorite recipe!

Ingredients  

  • 1 pound smoked sausage cut into bite sized slices
  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 3 cups penne pasta uncooked
  • 2 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 1 (10-ounce) jar roasted red peppers undrained
  • 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups fresh spinach

Instructions 

  • Add sausage, onions, garlic, and mushrooms to a medium pot over medium heat. Cook until onions are slightly tender, stirring often. Add in penne pasta, chicken stock, roasted red peppers, along with the liquid from the jar. Stir to combine and cover for about 5-8 minutes. Remove lid, stir and continue to cook until penne pasta is al dente or at the amount of tenderness you prefer. 
  • Stir in the cheeses and fresh spinach until well combined and the spinach is tender.  Serve. 

Nutritional Information

Calories: 482kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 822mg | Potassium: 302mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 265IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 302mg | Iron: 1.5mg

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Originally published 2014.

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  1. The first time I made this it turned out perfect, penne aldente, cheese melted into the liquid making the sauce thicken as it cooled. The flavor was and is awesome! I have since then made it but the cheese ends up a congealed mess at the bottom of the pan in clumps and the broth is thin. What am I doing wrong? The flavor is still good, but the clumps of cheese cling to the sides of pan, spoon etc! Makes it less appealing for sure….help I don’t think I’m doing it differently ( except not using any spinach)

    1. Hi Pat,
      I’m glad you enjoy this! Since you said it was a success the first time you made it, could it be that you may be using different brand(s) of ingredients than first time? I’m especially wondering if you could be using a different type/brand of cheese…I hope this helps and can figure out what’s causing it to turn out differently. Thanks! xo

  2. I’m seeing all of these fantastic reviews, but honestly , I cannot agree. I attempted this recipe, and to begin, you can’t cook penne with any amount of liquid in 5-8 minutes. It takes at least ten. So with as little liquid as you suggested, it took much more than ten minutes, and I had to add more liquid to completely cook the pasta. Aside from this flaw, the flavors are fantastic, and I enjoyed eating it.

  3. I made this tonight and it was absolutely delicious! I did cook the pasta separately. (As I read some of the reviews) And I cooked it a little more than the 8 minutes to get rid of most of the water.

    This dish is definitely a keeper for me. It was quick and very flavorful. I will be making this again.

    Thank you so much!

  4. I’ve made this in the trailer out camping… easy one pot meal. I’m wondering about using sun-dried tomatoes rather than the red peppers? Or maybe a combination of both. Family loves it.

    1. Jan,
      I have not made it with sun-dried tomatoes but sounds great. So glad your family loves it.

  5. I love this recipe! So does my husband and step-son. Love the heat – it’s just perfect. We make this every few weeks and I often get requests from them to make it. It’s so easy on weeknight, thank you!!!

    Tonight while I was cooking this I thought to myself maybe a few ingredient swaps and we could try a one pot ham and cheese penne (Mac and cheese)… We may have to experiment with that 🙂

    1. Thanks, Meg. I’m glad everyone loves this recipe, Meg. I haven’t thought abut a ham and cheese penne dish but this sounds good. Let me know if you make it.

  6. SERIOUSLY THE BEST
    Its so easy and its so delicious!!!
    I used spicy smoked sausage and sometimes ground Italian sausage (recommended to me). I also pack in the veggies!
    I wish I could give this 10 stars!

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