Creamy Pasta w/ Spicy Italian Sausage

I thought about honoring hump day with a Wordless Wednesday post. As I began editing the pictures and internally smiling about how much I loved the recipe and couldn’t wait to share it with you all, it suddenly hit me. How could this be a wordless Wednesday post when I wanted to slap the recipe {filled with words and explanations} onto the pictures.

What a big let down.

So instead of a wordless post now you have all of these random thoughts about a post that slipped through my fingers and should be more of an afterthought than it is.

Some of you may already know this, but some of you may not: we are building a house. We started the process at the beginning of the year and now it is in its final stages. This is the best part by far {at least for me!} I love seeing everything come together. However, with building a house comes a bunch of other responsibilities, namely packing, thinking about packing, hiring people to move us, buying fun things and not so fun things and making sure our business continues smoothly.

My head spins every day because I don’t want to fail any of you and I definitely don’t want to fail our clients. Oh, and then there is the small issue of two doggies that demand attention every single minute of the day. Not even when they are asleep can they attention to be diverted from them.

They make my life so much better. Secretly, all I want to do is play with them all day long. If their love and loyalty could pay the mortgage and bills I would stop everything and become a professional player-with-the-doggies. That’s not going to happen so I must continue along. 

While I may be making a lot of the same things lately, I do have room to squeeze in new recipes. This one has quickly become our favorite and has earned its way to the permanent rotation. Take a look at this delicious {one pot} Creamy Pasta with Spicy Italian Sausage.

Nutritional Value
Servings: about 8
Calories: 354.2
Fat: 19.5 g
Carbohydrates: 25.3 g
Fiber: 2.1 g
Protein: 18.3 g
Points+: 9


Recipe Adapted From Kevin & Amanda

  • 1 pound Spicy Italian Sausage
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 {14.5 oz} cans diced tomatoes {drain the tomato juice from 1 of the cans}
  • 1 small can diced green chilies
  • ½ cup to ¾ cup whole milk
  • 8 to 10 ounce pasta
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ tablespoon pepper
  • ½ tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup Pepper Jack Cheese


  • Spray a large oven safe skillet with cooking spray
  • Heat the skillet over medium high heat
  • Add the sausage and cook until browned, about 6 minutes. Remove and slice into small ¼ inch rounds
  • Return the sausage to the skillet and continue to cook for another 4 to 6 minutes
  • When the sausage is sufficiently browned, add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minutes
  • Add the broth, tomatoes, green chilies, milk, pasta, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes
  • Bring to a boil, cover skillet and reduce heat to medium – low
  • Simmer until pasta is tender, about 20 minutes
  • Remove skillet from heat and stir in ½ cup cheese then top with remaining cheese.
  • Broil until cheese is melted and bubble 




This recipe is incredible! Really, Nick and I totally love it. It’s super simple to make AND it is created in ONLY ONE dish! Hello? Clean up is a cinch. You can change the pasta, the types of cheese you use or even the flavors in the dish to mix it up a bit. I cannot help getting excited about this recipe.

Give it a try! Seriously!

xoxo Mel