Cheesy Sausage Pasta is almost self-explanatory in how delicious it tastes — but we thought a few more descriptive words might help entice you even further. The pasta is tender and coated inside and out with a melty, creamy cheese sauce with notes of sharpness and smokiness. Then we add herbaceous and savory sausage to the mix for extra heartiness! And it comes together in just 30 minutes! How can anyone say no to Cheesy Sausage Pasta? It just might not be possible!

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  • 1/2 pound Italian sausage links
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth, plus more, to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups penne
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Gruyère cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • salt, to taste


Step 1 –In a large pot over medium heat, brown the sausages and the onions, for about 5-7 minutes.

Step 2 –Add the milk, 1 1/2 cups of the broth, and the penne to the pot.

Step 3 –Stir in the cornstarch, the garlic powder, the sugar, the paprika, and the pepper.

Step 4 –Bring the sausage mixture to a boil.

Step 5 –Reduce the heat to a simmer and cover.

Step 6 –Cook until the pasta is tender and the sausage is cooked through at 145 degrees F, about 10-16 minutes. Add the extra broth, as needed, as it cooks.

Step 7 –Remove the pot from the heat.

Step 8 –Transfer the sausage to a cutting board and slice.

Step 9 –Stir the cheddar, Gruyère, and parmesan into the pasta mixture until melted, about 4-5 minutes.

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Step 10 –Stir in the sliced sausage.

Step 11 –Taste for seasoning and add the salt, as needed.

Step 12 –Serve warm.