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One-Pot Sausage, Tomato and Pesto Pasta

Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 6 servings

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This has easily been the craziest, busiest, most ridiculous fall of my life.

sausage tomato and pesto pasta in white pasta bowl

I totally thought that last year was it, because we were trying to finish up the house we were building so we could move out of the house we were renting and into something a little more…. modern.

But then I realized that it was actually a pretty relaxing, boring fall for me — since it was my husband who was actually working like crazy on the house, and working 12 hour days. And I got the job of taking our toddler home after my school day was over and hanging out and putting her to bed at 6:30.

Yeah that’s right. 6:30pm.

I miss those days sometimes.

I mean, there are definitely days, most of them probably, when she should be going to sleep at 6:30, but she’s in a real bed now and I think she knows the cool kids stay up way later.

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So as much as I love teaching high school and as much as I love the staff and students, part of me is looking forward to spending all day in my pajamas, sneaking in naps when possible, and drinking copious amounts of coffee while snuggling my two sweet babes.

Though it’s pretty much guaranteed that I’m going to be needing these one-pot meals as much when I’m on maternity leave as I do now. After all, I’m trading one of my jobs for a newborn baby — and it’s hard to say which is going to be more demanding.

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One-Pot Sausage, Tomato and Pesto Pasta

5 from 1 vote
One Pot Sausage, Tomato and Pesto Pasta — a super easy meal for weeknights or busy weekends! Packed full of flavour.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 6 servings
Calories 598cal


  • 1 lb smoked sausage casing removed (I used regular smoked sausage, you could also use Italian)
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5 cups rotini pasta or other short pasta
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups milk
  • 14 oz can diced tomatoes drained slightly
  • 2 tsp basil pesto
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese


  • In a large pot, crumble sausage and cook over medium-high heat until browned. Add garlic and salt and cook 1 minute.
  • Add pasta, broth, milk, tomatoes, and pesto and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 10-12 minutes until pasta is cooked and liquid has reduced and thickened. Stir in cheese.
  • If there’s still quite a bit of liquid in the pasta, let sit for 4-5 minutes and it will continue to thicken. If your liquid has reduced before your pasta has cooked, add in a small amount of liquid and continue cooking.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 598cal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 1948mg | Potassium: 584mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 500IU | Vitamin C: 6.4mg | Calcium: 373mg | Iron: 2.3mg

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  1. Mary Frances says

    Bless your heart Ashley! (and yes my friends remind that is a southern grandma saying but I use it all the time anyways 🙂 ) Those are some long days and definitely call for pjs and one pot pasta dishes. The pesto and sausage combo sounds incredible. Pinning!

  2. [email protected] says

    I don’t know which is more demanding, Ashley. I did give up my day job to stay home with my kids and when they were little and it was the hardest time of my life! It was a definite perk hanging out in sweats all day, however. haha This one pot meal would make me very happy any day of the week — it looks delicious! 🙂

  3. Cyndi - My Kitchen Craze says

    One pot meals are the best ever. They are going to be your life saver when you are exhausted and just need a quick meal and a quick shower, so you can go back to sleep or feeding the lil baby. 🙂 So excited for you to be on maternity leave. 😉

  4. [email protected] says

    I love one pot meals! Especially if they contain pasta. 🙂
    Having a toddler and a newborn is definitely demanding and when mine were that age there were days I stayed in my pajamas all day, although not necessarily because I wanted to. 🙂

  5. Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says

    One pot meals are my favorite these days after having our second too especially during this busy fall and holiday season. This pasta looks incredible and so comforting! Love the pesto in here too! Spending all day in PJ’s is the best 🙂 Can’t believe how soon your due date is coming up – so excited for you and your family 🙂

  6. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. says

    This looks like the perfect one pot pasta dinner! I love how colourful it is! And yes, a newborn is exhausting, but at least you generally don’t have to be out of the house at a certain time while on mat leave! That’s always kind of nice, so hopefully things will be a bit less crazy for you! 🙂

    • Ashley says

      Thanks Stacey! To be honest, my first newborn was pretty awesome and slept all the time, and was happy when she was awake. But I think #2 is quite a bit different! Especially since toddlers don’t nap 4 times a day… Lol.

  7. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says

    This fall has been crazy for me too, and will probably get worse with the holidays! But oh well, that’s the fun of it I guess! 🙂 This one pot meal sounds perfect those busy weeknights (which is all the time). Love the pesto in here, too!

    • Ashley says

      Thanks Gayle! Pesto gives so much flavour! I’m not sure whether I should be excited or nervous about holidays coming… I wish I knew when baby #2 would arrive!

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