This quick and easy one-pot sausage broccoli pasta is a great weeknight meal!

Easy one-pot sausage and broccoli pasta

I don’t know about you, but I am aaaall about fast and uncomplicated weeknight dinners. And this one is one of our faves! I first developed this sausage broccoli pasta for Go Bold with Butter several months ago and it’s been on regular rotation at our house ever since. I made it last week and as my husband sat down at the table he actually said “oh yay, I love this meal!”.

Italian sausage, broccoli florets and penne pasta are all cooked in the same pot along with a creamy Parmesan sauce. There’s no babysitting multiple pans on the stove and there’s only one dish to clean! Serve this pasta with a salad and/or some crusty bread and you can a complete meal the whole family will love.

Easy one-pot sausage and broccoli pasta

How to make this one pot meal

One-pan meals are all the rage right now, and it’s pretty easy to see why. Here’s how to make this meal:

  • Brown the Italian sausage (you can use sweet or spicy) in the pot first with a little butter, then transfer it to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  • Add the pasta, garlic, salt, pepper, and some water to the same pot pot and bring it to a boil. Cook and stir often for about 7 minutes. The pasta will absorb the water as it cooks.
  • Add the broccoli and heavy cream and continue to cook for about 5 minutes more until broccoli and pasta are al dente.
  • Finally, stir in cheese and butter to finish the sauce.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Easy one-pot sausage and broccoli pasta

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This recipe was originally created for Go Bold With Butter.

Easy one-pot sausage and broccoli pasta
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One-Pot Sausage Broccoli Pasta

Servings: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
This easy one-pot sausage broccoli pasta is a great weeknight meal!


  • 5 tablespoons butter , divided
  • 1 lb ground Italian sausage , mild or spicy
  • 1 lb uncooked penne pasta
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 head broccoli , chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese , plus more for serving


  • In a large skillet set over medium high heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Add sausage and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer sausage to a paper towel-lined plate to drain and set aside.
  • Add the penne pasta, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and water to skillet and bring to a boil. Cook for 7 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add chopped broccoli and heavy cream and cook for 5 minutes more, stirring frequently.
  • Add remaining 4 tablespoons of butter, parmesan cheese, and sausage, and cook for 1-2 minutes until pasta is al dente and sauce is smooth.
  • Serve immediately with additional Parmesan cheese.
Calories: 653kcal, Carbohydrates: 49g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 41g, Saturated Fat: 20g, Cholesterol: 114mg, Sodium: 1005mg, Potassium: 548mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 1238IU, Vitamin C: 69mg, Calcium: 223mg, Iron: 2mg
Cuisine: American
Course: Main Course
Author: Annalise
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