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One Pot Pasta With Italian Sausage and Broccoli

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Cook Italian sausage, pasta and broccoli together in a big pot and finish it off with cheese to make a delicious creamy one pan meal. It’s a great way to get dinner on the table in a hurry with a minimum number of dirty dishes.

Pan of creamy pasta with broccoli and crumbled Italian sausage.

One pot pasta recipes are perfect busy night meals. This recipe takes the rich flavor of Italian sausage and turns it into a fabulous well rounded dinner. The broccoli and pasta cook right in the same pot you used to brown the sausage, so there’s basically no mess to clean up.

Of course a sprinkling of cheese ties it all together at the end. It’s a balanced meal and there’s only one pot to clean when you’re done!

We always have a variety of pork in the freezer. I love knowing I can whip up a tasty meal the whole family is going to love without a trip to the store.

Using sausage as a building block for a recipe is such an easy way to add big flavor with almost no work. There are already layers of flavor built into the meat, so it is a great shortcut to a tasty meal.

That’s why dishes like cheesy kielbasa and pasta casserole work so well. There is already so much flavor in the kielbasa, it’s hard to go wrong from there.

If I am being honest, Italian sausage is one of my all time favorite meats. I just love the way the flavors of garlic and fennel mix with the ground pork.

dinner plate with cheesy Italian sausage and broccoli one pot pasta

Plus it is part of what makes some of our favorite recipes like lasagna and Chicago style pizza what they are. It also adds the savory balance in recipes like sausage, acorn squash and kale sheet pan dinner and summer veggie and sausage sheet pan supper.

So having a pound of sausage ready helps ensure you can have a flavorful meal ready even on the busiest night. It’s the unsung hero of the weeknight dinner menu.

Start with your Italian Sausage

This recipe puts everything you need to make a well balanced meal in one pan, making dinner prep and clean-up super simple. It really doesn’t get much easier.

Bulk Italian sausage is the easiest to use if you can find it. Our grocery store has great options they make in house, they can be found in the meat case

However, you can also generally find tubes of bulk sausage by the breakfast sausage and bacon. It’s just a matter of knowing where to look.

Buying the sausage in bulk instead of links makes it really easy to use in this meal. Just toss it in your pot and brown it up.

plate of one pot sausage in front of pot

If you only have links, don’t despair! There are great ways to make this with links as well.

Of course one way would be to remove the casings from the sausage links, then use the inside as bulk sausage. You could also cut the links into bite sized chunks and brown them up that way, either way will be great.

Once the sausage is browned, drain off any extra grease if it’s necessary. My sausage was relatively lean, so there wasn’t much to drain.

I suppose that isn’t a huge surprise seeing as today’s pork has about 16% less fat and 27% less saturated fat as compared to 30 years ago. (Source: That’s right, pork is getting leaner and provides several important vitamins and minerals too!

Turning that sausage into a one pot meal

Of course we are going to need more than the sausage in the pot if we are going to make a meal of it. So it’s time to add some liquid.

I like using chicken stock for an added layer of flavor. However, you can certainly use just water in a pinch. As we discussed earlier, that sausage is going to give you a big head start in the flavor department so you won’t be missing anything.

Now add your broccoli and pasta. For even more fiber, feel free to use a whole grain pasta.

Once that mixture comes to a boil, cover it and let it simmer until the liquid is mostly absorbed. The pasta should be al dente at this point.

If the pasta hasn’t reached your desired doneness when the liquid is absorbed, add a little more liquid until it’s cooked perfectly. Now stir in a little milk and Parmesan cheese and dinner is done.

It really is just that easy. By now the yummy scents will have filled the house and everyone will be ready to dig in. You might not even need to ring the dinner bell!

More Easy Pork Recipes

There are so many ways to get a tasty meal on the table with less prep and cleanup. Here are a few more recipes that reduce the number of dirty dishes.

Pork chop and cheesy potato bake cooks your entrée and side dish together in one casserole.  All you need is a vegetable and dinner is done!

Or cook a pork tenderloin, green beans and potatoes all on a sheet pan. Marinate the meat before you go to work and all you have to do when you come home is toss it on a pan and bake.

forkful of penne pasta with broccoli and Italian sausage

Creamy chorizo pasta is another all in one meal. The sausage and pasta are joined by peppers, onions and a cheesy sauce for a delicious but easy dinner option.

And you absolutely have to try my cheesy no boil Italian sausage pasta bake. It has everything you love about lasagna, with no browning or boiling!

What are your favorite busy night dinner shortcuts? Let me know about them in the comments!

Did you make this great recipe? Please leave a review in the recipe card below!

plate full of penne pasta with broccoli Italian sausage and Parmesan cheese ready to eat

One Pot Italian Sausage and Broccoli Pasta

Servings: 6 Servings
Author: Carlee
Cook Italian sausage, pasta and broccoli together in a big pot and finish it off with cheese to make a delicious creamy one pan meal. It's a great way to get dinner on the table in a hurry with a minimum number of dirty dishes.
4.87 from 30 ratings
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 pound bulk Italian Sausage
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pound broccoli florets fresh or frozen
  • cups chicken stock
  • 1 pound pasta
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes optional


  • In a large skillet or dutch oven, brown Italian sausage over medium high heat. Drain any excess grease.
    1 pound bulk Italian Sausage
  • Add salt, pepper, garlic powder and stock. For a little extra heat, add some red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil.
    1 teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper, ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, 3½ cups chicken stock, ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Stir in broccoli and pasta. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes.
    1 pound broccoli florets, 1 pound pasta
  • When most of the liquid is absorbed, stir in the milk and Parmesan cheese. Heat until warmed through. 
    1 cup milk, 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Enjoy!



Serving: 1ServingCalories: 548kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 30gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 1468mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5g

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“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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4.87 from 30 votes (28 ratings without comment)
Recipe Rating


Wednesday 6th of December 2023

This was great! I made some adjustments (only because I was trying to use up stuff in my fridge) but so close to the original I’m giving my rating based on the strong foundation of the recipe. I had about 3/4 lb ground beef and 2 links Italian sausage. Also used cavettapi pasta (because I love the corkscrews) and added sliced mushrooms, like others suggested. I didn’t have milk, but I stirred in about a cup of cottage cheese. Next time, I’ll probably add the broccoli in later in the process, because I like my broccoli more “al dente”. But…overall…YUMMM!! Thank you!!


Thursday 7th of December 2023

That sounds wonderful! I am so glad you liked it.


Wednesday 6th of December 2023

I made this recipe, and also loved it! I used chicken italian sausage, and I also added mushrooms with the broccoli. I was very skeptical that the penne would cook properly, but it did!


Wednesday 6th of December 2023

Mushrooms sound so good, I am going to do that next time. Thank you!


Thursday 2nd of November 2023

I made this meal and it was excellent. I put the leftovers in the freezer for future use.


Thursday 2nd of November 2023

Great idea! I am glad you liked it!

Elissa 5 Quinn

Wednesday 22nd of December 2021

Would this recipe work with pre shredded Italian blend cheese?


Wednesday 22nd of December 2021

Yes, that should work great.

Sandy Rees

Tuesday 16th of November 2021

I love this. All in 1 pot. Sounds perfect


Tuesday 16th of November 2021

It's so easy and really good