Spicy Sausage Pasta

This spicy sausage pasta cooks in one pot and it's ready in no time! It's got so much flavor and a little kick at the end of every bite!

Spicy Sausage Pasta |

Spicy Sausage Pasta |

Annnnnd just like that, we’re already on the last day of September. Crazy, isn’t it? There’s less than 3 months til Christmas. CHRISTMAS. I didn’t expect to be thinking about Christmas gifts so soon but I guess we all need to jump on it soon before the malls get way crowded. Honestly, I hope I can do all my shopping on Amazon this year. I refuse to go to the mall during the holiday rush. People and crowds just annoy me. Yet another reason why I love StitchFix ;)

My parents celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary this past weekend! It’s funny because 9/28 was also the wedding date Jason and I were looking at to get married when we got engaged. Good thing we didn’t wait that long. We’ve been married 5 months now! Probably still sounds new to a lot of you but it sure is going by fast!

Oh my gosh, so I discovered these two stations on Sirius XM, 90s on 9 and Pop2K. It’s basically an entire station dedicated to hit songs in the 90s and hit songs in the 2000s. Some of the songs that they play are crazy throwbacks and have me belting out in the car…until another car pulls up next to and gives me a weird look. No shame! These songs really bring me back – isn’t it amazing how music can bring back a flood of memories and make you so nostalgic? Jason and I are sitting in the car, when listening to these stations, and we’re like, “are we seriously listening to this stuff? Is this like the oldies station for us now?” Haha, yup, we’re getting old :) just yesterday, I offered to bring a “spare baby gate” to my friend’s house in two weeks when we have a get together. I know 5 years ago I wasn’t offering any baby gates; it was more like “what boxed wine should I pick up?” LOL oh how times have changed..

Here are 3 songs that I grew up listening to on the hits stations and every time they come up on the 90s/Pop2K stations, I freak out.

Blessid Union of Souls – Hey Leonardo (She Likes Me For Me),
LIT – My Own Worst Enemy,
Hootie and the Blowfish – Only Wanna Be With You

What are some of your favorite songs from when you were growing up? When you hear them on the radio, do you freak out like I do? :)

Spicy Sausage Pasta |

Spicy Sausage Pasta |

So you guys know I’m always looking for quick and easy weeknight meals. When I saw this on Kevin and Amanda‘s blog, I knew I had to make. It had all the ingredients I love and it comes together in ONE pot. That’s such a lifesaver. Minimal dishwashing is my jam.

You have to give this spicy sausage pasta a try. The flavors have a dance party in your mouth. I love the cheesy spicy component of this pasta and I also love the smoked sausage. It gives the dish a flavor boost. It’s a comfort dish that you’ll be serving week after week!

Spicy Sausage Pasta
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

This spicy sausage pasta cooks in one pot and it's ready in no time! 

Servings: 4
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pound smoked sausage
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1: 10 oz can of tomatoes and green chilies
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 10 oz wagon wheel pasta (that's what my store called the shape; you can use anything, penne, rotini, etc)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • Scallions, thinly sliced, for garnish
  1. In an oven safe pot (such as a Le Creuset dutch oven) or skillet, add olive oil and heat to medium high heat. Add the sausage and onions and cook until brown and soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  2. Add the chicken broth, can of tomatoes and green chilies, heavy cream, pasta, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low heat, cover and let simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 12-15 minutes, depending on what type of pasta you're using.
  3. Remove pot/skillet from heat and add 1/2 cup of cheese. Stir to combine then top with the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese. Broil in the oven until the top of the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  4. Serve immediately. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Posted on September 30, 2013

dinner for two by julie wampler



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  1. 09/30/2013 at 8:18 am

    Spicy sauce, cheese and pasta. These ingredients are made for each other! This looks great and the perfect quick and easy weeknight meal!

  2. 09/30/2013 at 8:25 am

    Oh my word! Haha, you had me at the first picture! This looks amazing and obviously a crowd pleaser! Yum, can’t wait to try it!

  3. 09/30/2013 at 9:07 am

    Love all of that cheese!

  4. 09/30/2013 at 9:17 am

    Online shopping all the way! Okay… as much as I can manage anyway :) And look at that cheeeeeese!! mmm mmm

  5. 09/30/2013 at 9:20 am


  6. 09/30/2013 at 9:28 am

    Love a good cheesy pasta dish, looks amazing!

  7. 09/30/2013 at 9:29 am

    Wow, that looks like the perfect dinner to serve this week!

  8. 09/30/2013 at 9:43 am

    I’ve been craving something JUST like this forever! It looks soooo good, Julie! Definitely going on my must-make list for soon. Thanks!

  9. 09/30/2013 at 10:30 am

    I need this for lunch!

  10. 09/30/2013 at 11:00 am

    Yes, pllleeeease!!!

  11. 09/30/2013 at 11:32 am

    So much cheesy yum in this post, definitely adding to the dinner menu!

  12. 09/30/2013 at 11:35 am

    Sooooo, I would totally eat a big bowl of this for breakfast! Love all the cheese!!!

  13. 09/30/2013 at 12:07 pm

    My hubby would flip for this. I may have to have a good wife night and make it for dinner tonight :)

  14. 09/30/2013 at 12:09 pm

    Cheesy spicy goodness. That’s what this is!

  15. 09/30/2013 at 12:38 pm

    One pot pasta is the perfect weeknight meal!

  16. 09/30/2013 at 1:06 pm

    I’m all over this! I love one-pot meals — so easy.

  17. steph
    09/30/2013 at 1:44 pm


    • 09/30/2013 at 1:46 pm

      Woah there, Steph, no need to yell! Haha, I was typing too fast, missed that step. You add it in when you add in practically everything else! It’s now added in. See step #2 :) Thanks for the catch!

      • steph
        09/30/2013 at 1:51 pm

        oh lol sorry i didn’t mean to make it look like i was yelling. I’ve commented on pages like this before and never get a reply so i was like maybe they just don’t see my commet so i made it big. Thanks tho it sounds delicious :)

  18. 09/30/2013 at 4:05 pm

    Comfort food to the max! Can’t wait to try this one!

  19. 09/30/2013 at 5:23 pm

    this looks like the best kinda dinner on a chilly fall day! And that layer of cheese – heck yes!

  20. 09/30/2013 at 6:07 pm

    I LOVE 90s music! What ever happened to bands like Everclear, Third Eye Blind, and Sister Hazel? I’m going to have to check that station out! Your recipe also looks so delicious! Maybe I’ll play some 90s tunes while I cook it :)

  21. 09/30/2013 at 8:01 pm

    Oh yes! Everyone in my family would LOVE this pasta :)

  22. 09/30/2013 at 8:38 pm

    Congrats to your parents on celebrating a long and happy marriage, Julie! Guess what we had for dinner tonight? Spicy Sausage Pasta! Tried a new pasta by Jovial Foods made with Einkoron wheat flour. It was delish and I cannot wait to try your recipe. Beautiful photography as always, girl! Pinning!

  23. 09/30/2013 at 9:23 pm

    YUM!! This recipe is so perfect :) my husband and I love spicy sausage. I can’t wait to have a plate (or two) of this

  24. 09/30/2013 at 9:59 pm

    Well doesn’t this just look like a big bowl of OMG-YUM-GIMME-ALL-OF-THAT? :)

  25. 09/30/2013 at 10:11 pm

    Love the cheesy-ness!! :)

  26. 10/01/2013 at 1:28 am

    Hootie and blow fish bring back crazy memories of growing up!
    This looks so fabulous in all it’s cheesy glory.

  27. 10/01/2013 at 6:46 am

    i LOVE the look of this dish! that first photo on the top is so mouth watering!!! definitely pinning this one… I like that its all in one pot too :)

  28. 10/01/2013 at 4:18 pm

    I love the 90’s on 9 channel! If you want to relax, I highly recommend the Chill channel. Makes me want to sleep :)

    This dinner looks amazing, but what could be bad about cheese and sausage?

    • 10/02/2013 at 9:32 am

      I’m going to have to find that channel! Thanks!

  29. 10/01/2013 at 6:01 pm

    Can’t wait to make this for the kids, they’ll suck it up like a Dyson!!

    • 10/01/2013 at 7:15 pm

      Oh my gosh, Gerry, this comment cracked me up. HAHA!!

  30. 10/03/2013 at 10:11 am

    SO all about this. And in it. And on it.

  31. 10/04/2013 at 1:57 am

    When I think back of songs I listened to while growing up, all I think about is boyband music and the song Candy by Aaron Carter. Omg, the girls in my class went CRAZY over Aaron. Ahaha.

    I love Amanda`s one pot pasta dishes!

  32. Beth
    10/09/2013 at 9:55 am

    This was delicious!! I added some baby spinach with the cheese right before broiling just to up the nutrition and it was great. My kids and husband all loved it! Will make it again.

    • 10/09/2013 at 11:54 am

      Sounds delicious with the spinach addition! So glad your family enjoyed this, Beth!

  33. Livi
    11/03/2013 at 7:52 pm

    Love this recipe! I have made it twice now, it is so full of flavor and great for cold evenings. Really easy to make, I love that you can make it just one big pot and cut down on dishes. I add a little extra cheese to make it super cheesy!

    • 11/04/2013 at 1:39 pm

      So glad you enjoyed this, Livi! I love the one-pot dishes :)

  34. 03/31/2014 at 11:54 am

    I’m going to make this tomoorow

  35. Victoria
    04/07/2014 at 3:01 pm

    Absolutely delicious! This makes much more than 4 servings for us though, easily 6!!!

    Thank you for the recipe:)

    • Julie
      04/08/2014 at 8:33 am

      Glad you enjoyed :)

  36. Karen
    04/13/2014 at 7:04 pm

    Tried this recipie tonight and it was so so. My husband loved it but I felt it was a little bland. I added some cayenne pepper which gave it some kick and substituted wagon wheel pasta for mini bow tie noodles instead.

  37. Poonkodi
    09/06/2014 at 10:12 am

    I tried this receipe for my kids today – it was absolutely yum !

  38. Amy G.
    09/23/2014 at 10:36 pm

    This was very good! I was pleasantly surprised by the spiciness and that there was enough sauce to make it work. Yummo! Easy to prepare, tasty to eat, easy to clean up. Do you have more of these one-pot wonders?

    (I’ll go searching.)

  39. 10/01/2015 at 5:37 pm

    This was FANTASTIC! Made it for the first time tonight…OMG! I used more like a cup of cream with some cornstarch as it was looking a bit watery and also par-boiled the noodles, I didn’t want the noodles to be too mushy. Also used Colby-Monteray Jack AND – a MUST – Rotel with chilies…DO NOT DRAIN!! I’m in heaven and hope there will be left for the family…it’s that good!

  40. carolyn ralle
    09/08/2016 at 8:27 pm

    I prepared this recipe tonight. Easy and tasty, what more could you want? Thank you

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