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I am always looking for fun new dinner ideas. We love kielbasa/smoked sausage & pasta, so I for sure wanted to try this. I altered it to try & make it spicier because the original recipe, although named the same, sounded very mild. This turned out quite delicious! It’s almost like a spicy mac & cheese with sausage. Enjoy!



Spicy Sausage Pasta

Servings 6 Servings


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb smoked sausage
  • 1 1/2 cups diced onion (about 1 medium onion)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (14.5oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (4oz) can diced green chiles
  • 1/2 cup (2%) milk
  • 6-8 oz whole wheat penne pasta
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp Weber N'Orleans Cajun
  • 1 1/2 cups pepper jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions


  • Add olive oil to an oven-safe skillet over medium high heat until just smoking. Add sausage & onions. Cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add garlic & cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add broth, tomatoes, green chiles, milk & penne to the skillet. Bring to a boil, cover & reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until pasta is tender & liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes.
  • Remove skillet from heat & stir in 1 cup of cheese & half the green onions. (If you didn't use an oven safe skillet, place contents into a 13x9" baking dish now.) Top with remaining ½ cup of cheese & other half of the green onions. Broil until cheese is melted, & starts to brown.


*Can substitute the diced tomatoes and green chiles with 1 can of Ro*Tel
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 Recipe altered from Kevin & Amanda