I’m back with another amazing one skillet dinner! This Cheesy Sausage and Macaroni Skillet is a quick and easy dinner that’s packed with veggies, noodles and sausage in an aromatic and creamy tomato sauce.
When I was younger my parents both worked full time. Dinner was typically make-ahead casseroles or hamburger helper.
My dad was usually home before my mom, and I always loved helping him make those quick weeknight dinners. Hamburger helper was his specialty, and that’s exactly what this dinner reminds me of.
Only better. Way better.
Start off by browning some sausage in a skillet. Ground beef would work too, but I like the aromatic spices that come in sausage.
Toss in some diced peppers and onions. My kids love bell peppers, so it’s easy for me to sneak those in one skillet dinners like this. You could also try adding in veggies like green beans, broccoli, or leaving out the veggies altogether.
Toss in the uncooked noodles. YES, uncooked! That’s what is so awesome about these one skillet dinners, the noodles get cooked in the sauce, making them so much more flavorful.
Add some marniara sauce and chicken broth.
Top off the saucy skillet with some shredded mozzarella and you’re all set!
Dinner comes together so quick! My kids loved this one so much that we’ve included it in our monthly meal rotation.
Obviously being a food blogger means I’ve got a bajillion meals in rotation… but this one is so easy, I’ll gladly make it weekly!
You’re going to love this one!
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Cheesy Sausage and Macaroni Skillet
- 1 lb. pork sausage
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 purple onion, diced
- 2 cups macaroni noodles, large
- 24 oz. jar marinara sauce
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese
- In a large skillet cook the sausage on medium heat until crumbled and browned. Drain off any fat.
- Return skillet to heat and stir in peppers, onion, dried macaroni, marinara sauce, chicken broth and Italian Seasoning. Stir and bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer, covered, for about 18 minutes or until pasta is tender.
- Add the heavy cream and mozzarella and stir well, until cheese is melted, about 2 minutes. Enjoy!
Made this for tonight; the whole family loved it! I followed the recipe exactly except for using yellow onion in place of purple. SO delicious! Thanks for another easy dinner!
We made this tonight and it was GREAT!! I followed the recipe like it is written and everyone cleaned their plates! I will make this and other one pan recipes once a week! This one is so colorful and you want to dig in!
Yay! So great to hear Kathi!
This is like my mom’s hamburger macaroni and cheese casserole she used to make in an electric skillet. I have big eaters in my family, so I use 1 lb hamburger and 1 lb sausage, then add diced tomato, green bell peppers, onion and I add basil (not in my mom’s original way of cooking).. As kids – and even today – we absolutely love this simple dish.
Very nice! Thanks for the comment Julie!
Just noticed you call for large macaroni noodles….I have regular (smaller size) macaroni noodles. Should I increase the measurement to 3 cups?
No, you can use the same quantity as the recipe calls for.
By the way, your site is my go to dinner planning tool. Just love the tasty and easy recipes! Keep up the good work!
-all the way from Toronto, Canada
I’m a little late finding this one but wanted to let you know that I made this for dinner and it was a big HIT!! Thanks! 🙂
The sauce. The cheese. The EASE! I need this gorgeous recipe in my life, like, yesterday. Looks incredible!
This turned out very well. Something the whole family will eat, and it really came together fast! Thank you for the recipe! We will be making it again!
Awesome!! So glad you enjoyed it Tammy! 🙂
Hard to resist a delicious sausage macaroni skillet!
Thanks Sommer! 🙂
Great reciepe, making it tonight and adding broccoli, another great idea!
Awesome! Sounds like a great addition Donna! 🙂
I imagine broccoli would be great in this!
It would be a super great addition! 🙂 I’ll have to try that next time we make it! 🙂