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Sausage Basil Pasta

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Sausage Basil Pasta is a delicious and hearty meal that is sure to please everyone at the table. 


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This dish features spicy andouille sausage, tender spaghetti noodles, and a savory tomato sauce that is brightened up with the addition of fresh basil.

Basil pasta sausage includes andouille sausage adds a bold and spicy flavor to the dish that makes it really stand out. 

Spaghetti noodles are the perfect choice for this dish, as they hold up well to the robust sauce and provide a hearty base.

One pot sausage pasta comes together quickly and easily, making it a great choice for a weeknight dinner. 

With just a few simple ingredients, it’s easy to get a delicious and satisfying meal on the table in no time.


spaghetti, sausage, onion, tomatoes, basil, garlic, salt, pepper and chicken broth all combined into a pot


What Ingredients are in Sausage Basil Pasta?

This quick dinner is sure to become a new favorite for you! Here is the list of ingredients you’ll need to grab:

  • Spaghetti noodles: These can be cooked in the same pot as everything else!
  • Andouille sausage: I went with beef sausage, thinly sliced.
  • White onion: Chop small.
  • Grape tomatoes: Slice tomatoes in half.
  • Basil: Use fresh basil leaves. Dried basil doesn’t work as well.
  • Garlic: Mince garlic or swap with garlic paste.
  • Sea Salt and Pepper: For seasoning.
  • Water: This will cook the pasta noodles.
  • Parmesan cheese: Don’t use powdered parmesan! Grated parmesan cheese will melt better and tastes much better too.

Pro Tips:

  • Cherry Tomatoes would work just as well.
  • Use chicken sausage or turkey sausage if preferred.
  • Choose fresh, fragrant basil that is still bright green and free of slime or mold.
  • No need to use a food processor, blender, mixer, or anything else! Stick to one pot and save the dishes!


spaghetti, sausage, onion, tomatoes, basil, garlic, salt, pepper, and chicken broth all cooked in pot with parmesan added.


How to Make Sausage Basil Pasta

One pot meals made with sausage meat are perfect for busy weeknights!

The instructions are pretty simple! See below for the printable recipe card.

  1. Boil: Combine all ingredients in a large stock pot (except parmesan) and cook until pasta water has reduced.
  2. Stir: Mix cheese in at the very end and serve warm.

Pro Tips:

  • Add any additional salt or pepper to taste.
  • For a spicy alternative, try mixing in a few red pepper flakes.
  • Use a large dutch oven, stock pot, or large skillet.
  • Cook noodles until at least al dente or as soft as you desire.


side view of sausage basil pasta in pot


What Ingredients are in Sausage Basil Pasta?

For this particular recipe, andouille sausage is recommended. 

It’s a spicy, smoked sausage that adds a lot of flavor to the dish. 

If you can’t find andouille sausage, feel free to substitute any other type of sausage you like.

Other ones you could try are hot Italian sausage or sweet Italian sausage.


cooked and cheesy pasta in pot ready to serve


What Type of Pasta is in Sausage Basil Pasta?

Spaghetti noodles work well for this recipe, but feel free to use any pasta shape you prefer. 

Just keep in mind that different shapes of pasta may require different cooking times.

Also, the spaghetti noodles are very hearty so hold up well to the heavy meat and veggies.

Try not to pick a light noodle, but pick something with substance.


spaghetti spoon scooping a portion out of pot


What to Serve with Tomato Basil Pasta

This dish pairs well with a simple green side salad dressed with a tangy vinaigrette. 

A slice of Oatmeal Bread is also a great way to mop up any extra sauce. 

If you want to make the meal more filling, try serving it with a side of Roasted Butternut Squash Halves or Air Fryer Green Beans.

Here’s a list of some of our favorite side dishes that would pair well with the pasta.

And don’t forget your dessert! Here are a couple that we love!


sausage spaghetti on plate ready to eat


How to Store Leftover Sausage Basil Pasta

Leftovers of the basil sausage pasta can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

To reheat, warm in the microwave or in a skillet on the stovetop.

Can You Freeze Sausage Basil Pasta?

Yes, you can freeze this one-pot Italian sausage pasta. Allow it to cool completely before transferring to a freezer-safe container. 

It can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. To reheat, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then heat in a skillet or microwave until hot. 

If the pasta seems a little dry after thawing, add a splash of water or chicken broth to the skillet to help loosen the sauce.

This pasta dish is a huge hit even after being frozen and thawed.


close up view of tomato basil sausage spaghetti on plate


Can Dogs Eat Sausage Basil Pasta?

No, dogs cannot eat sausage basil pasta. The addition of garlic actually makes this a toxic food for dogs.

In addition, the noodles, cheese, and other ingredients can be hard for them to digest so are best avoided.

Save the yummy dinner for your own family or human guests and give your furry pets the treats that are made just for them.



Sausage Basil Pasta is an easy one pot meal your whole family will enjoy! It feeds a crowd, tastes great, and is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner.


Yield: 6 Servings

One Pot Sausage Basil Pasta

cooked and cheesy pasta in pot ready to serve

Sausage Basil Pasta is a delicious and hearty 20 minute meal that is sure to please everyone at the table. Perfect for busy weeknights!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  1. In a large dutch oven or stock pot, combine spaghetti, sausage, onion, tomatoes, basil, garlic, salt, pepper & chicken broth.
  2. Bring to a boil. Once at a rapid boil, lower temperature to simmer uncovered for 10 minutes or until liquids have been reduced and spaghetti has cooked through. Stir often.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan.
  4. Serve immediately.


This recipe as written is a quick 30 minute dish. If you are willing to taken an extra 10 minutes, pan fry the tomatoes, sausage and onions first. Then add remaining ingredients. The flavor will really pop.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 277Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 1238mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 13g
Originally Posted: July 29, 2015

Photos & Text Updated: May 16, 2023

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