One Pot Penne Pasta Recipe

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

Busy weeknights always bring the question, “what’s for supper?”  It never fails. Monday nights are always our busiest with my husband and son hurrying to make it to Scouts but only having a few minutes for supper before they leave. I’ll admit, it would be easier on these nights to turn to take out or something like that, but then I remember how quick and easy this one pot penne pasta recipe is that my husband absolutely loves!

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! 

You can customize the ingredients to your preference, but here is what all I include. I use a smoked sausage that I slice into large bite sized pieces. I find that the smoked sausage amps up the flavor in a short amount of time. I also use diced onions, garlic, mushrooms, jarred roasted red peppers, cheese, and fresh spinach. The flavor combination is out of this world delicious and one that I think you’ll enjoy, too!

It couldn’t be simpler to make either. Add the sausage, onions, garlic, and mushrooms to the pot first. Once your onions become tender, toss in the penne pasta, add some chicken stock and the jar of roasted red peppers and cover the pot for a few minutes. This allows the penne pasta to cook quickly and become tender. Add in the spinach and cheese, give it a quick stir and serve. Believe me, this has become one of my weekly staple recipes it is so easy and delicious!

One Pot Penne Pasta Recipe with Sausage and Peppers from


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

Yield: 8

One Pot Penne Pasta Recipe

Total Time 15 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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!
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  • 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
  • 1 (10-ounce) jar roasted red peppers undrained
  • 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups fresh spinach


  1. 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. 

  2. Stir in the cheeses and fresh spinach until well combined and the spinach is tender.  Serve. 

Nutrition Facts
One Pot Penne Pasta Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 482 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 40%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 822mg 34%
Potassium 302mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 36g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 23g 46%
Vitamin A 5.3%
Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 30.2%
Iron 8.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All images and text © Robyn Stone for Add a Pinch

Robyn xo

Originally published 2014.

58 comments on “One Pot Penne Pasta Recipe”

  1. Love all the cheese! Looks delicious 🙂

  2. I can’t wait to make this. It looks absolutely delicious.

  3. I need to make this, looks delicious!

  4. I love one pot meals! The fact that the penne cooks in the same pot as everything else is simply awesome (as that means one less dish for me to clean later 😉 ). This is definitely going on the menu for dinner next week!!

  5. I love one pot meals too — this one looks lovely — look at that cheesy-goodness 😉

  6. i am going to make this recipe soon.Is the smoked sausage kilbasa? Thanks for the recipe I do follow your recipes with great results.Keep on sending them.I look forward to them.

  7. can this be made with chicken instead of smoked sausage?

  8. Love the easy cleanup and the flavor combination sounds delicious.


  9. I made this today and it is ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS:) Thanks Robyn.

  10. I made this tonight and it was fantastic and a big hit. thank you!

  11. I made this recipe over the week end and it is easy and delicious! It truly uses 1 pot. Love that!

  12. Made this last night with turkey sausage,, and we all loved it! It’s a keeper…

  13. This was a hit at dinner tonight! Thank you for the recipe

  14. I made this tonight and mine was still pretty watery after cooking. I followed recipe exactly…..anybody else have this issue? Should I do a lower heat for longer time?

    • I cooked it way longer after the initial “5-8 minutes” in order to get the pasta cooked and it also burned off a ton of liquid during that extra time. Then if it’s still a little liquidy even after the pasta is done, take it off the heat and let it sit for a few minutes and it should thicken the rest of the way.

  15. I just made this. One spot it says add spinach and cheese last. One spot said add it all at once, which is a big mistake. Add it when done.

    • Thanks! I’ve made it twice now the way the recipe states (adding all at once with the pasta and peppers) but I was thinking about trying it adding the cheese and spinach last. I’ll do it that way next time!

      • I make this all the time. But, I put it all together, adding the cheese last, and add the cooked pasta to the “conglomeration”. We have this a least twice a month. I’ve always used Hillshire” sausage.

  16. I need to make this! i just want to add spinach for the health benefit ha!

  17. I made this last night. So yummy! However, I would definitely add the cheese and spinach at the end next time. It burnt the bottom of my pan. Also, I had to cook the pasta a lot longer. Otherwise, it was so delicious. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  18. Absolutely delicious, but the past took foreeeeever to cook. From start to finish was approx 45 minutes. Next time, I’ll cook the pasta separately, and then add at the end.

  19. tThis recipe looks so good nd quick I will be making this one tonight!!

  20. Looks so good I will be making this one for dinner tonight

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  22. Just made it – I’m still eating now. So delicious!!! I made it with our local Conecuh smoked sausage. I am looking forward to leftovers at lunch this week. Yea! 🙂

  23. Love this recipe! I had to make some change only because I didn’t have the exact ingredients. I used 1 cup of grated Pepper Jack cheese and 1 cup Colby Jack. Wanted to use up more of my spinach, so I added 3 cups. This is such a good basic recipe that other vegetables could be added or substituted. I’m new to your website, but will be returning for other recipes. Thank you!

  24. Can’twait to make this, do I cook the sausage first or does it cook in the boiling water? Thx!

    • you use smoked sausage so it is all ready kielbasa and chop that up it will add a nice smokey depth …so yeah no worries about it being under cooked using that kind of sausage! 🙂

  25. Thanks for the recipe , made it tonight and it was tasty.

    Only problems I had was my pasta took twice as long to cook (even though it was in a small enough pot that it was submerged in the chicken broth) and because I had to cook it so long the cheese started to burn a bit at the bottom and sides of the pot.

    I do like the flavor of the ingredient mixture, so does my husband, so I’ll try it again but Next time will cook the pasta separately, and add the cheese much later on so it won’t have time to stick to the pot.

  26. Is there a way to do this in a slow cooker? Or would the pasta get too done?

  27. Thank you for this great recipe. Every time I make it, the entire family eats it. I do have to cook it for longer than the recipe states to make sure the pasta is cooked through but otherwise, it’s wonderful. The flavors are such a great combination.

  28. Am I able to substitute the Spinach for Kale?

  29. What could I use instead of montery jack cheese? I’m in the UK.

    • Hi Nikki – You can substitute another similar cheese that suits your taste. I’m not exactly certain of all the cheeses in your area, but have seen some people comment that they have used other cheeses instead of this one. I hope you enjoy it! Thanks!

    • Monterey Jack Cheese is available at the Tesco cheese counter – In a large block and you ask for your desired size / weight amount.
      Or, Monterey Jack 1840 Cheese Slices (8 per pack – 160g) from Waitrose and Ocado.
      And, Monterey Jack 1840 Grated Pack (180g) from Waitrose and Ocado.
      If you have a good local Cheese Store, I am sure they will stock Monterey Jack Cheese.
      In Google, type, – Go to the website and put Monterey Jack into their Search area – You may have to register – This will bring up where you can buy it in your area.
      I hope this helps.

  30. how much pasta? I know it says 3 cups of uncooked…would that be a box of 1lb penne pasta or would I need more?

  31. I doubled the garlic, substituted spinach for the kale and added a splash of white wine. This was delicous! My nephew said it was one of the best pasta dishes he’d ever eaten! High marks from a 26 year old! Will make this again. Thank you!

    • That’s such a great feeling when you get those kinds of compliments from your family – I know it makes my day when nephews and nieces love something I’ve made for them! I’m so glad you – and your nephew – enjoyed it! Thanks! xo

  32. This was great! I don’t like spinach well cooked, so I mixed into the pot after pressure was released just until wilted. I also used 6 cups of spinach because we love it!

  33. Doesn’t the pasta get gooey or starch tasting cooking everything together?

  34. Can I add the bacon and sliced potatoes or maybe broccoli instead of sausage?
    I prefer them 🙂

  35. Has anyone used cooked chicken in place of sausage?

  36. I made your One Pot Penne Pasta recipe and absolutely loved it. Definitely a “keeper”. I do have one question. For the Parmesan cheese, what kind do you use? I happened to have some fresh Parmesan shavings on hand and used them but wanted to know what you prefer to use. Thanks!

  37. This was so good! Before dinner the husband said he wasn’t hungry. He ended up having 3 plates! And it’s pretty too boot! I read in other comments that their dishes turned out a bit watery. I had to add more chicken broth because mine was too thick. I guess the thickness of the sauce depends on which way the wind blows, but it’s easy enough to fix. This recipe is definitely going to be in our dinner rotation. And it’s so easy to make, I think I will make this for my next pot luck!

  38. If I can’t find fresh spinach what would you suggest? Will frozen work?

  39. I made this for dinner today and it is absolutely delicious. Thank you so much for the recipe. I be definitely making this again

  40. So yummy and quick to make. I substituted the spinach for broccoli. Next time I will add some shrimp and chicken. Thanks for the recipe!

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