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Easy One-Pot Italian Sausage Mac & Cheese Recipe by Swaggerty's Farm®

Enjoy our easy & delicious skillet mac & cheese! Spicy Italian Sausage browned
with onions, garlic and peppers simmering in a marinara broth and baked until
macaroni & cheese is bubbly.

Easy One-Pot Italian Sausage Mac & Cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Brown sausage in a large, oven-safe skillet over medium-high, breaking up with a spoon as it cooks. Stir in onions, garlic and bell peppers and cook for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add in pasta and stir until well mixed. Pour in broth and marinara sauce, stirring to blend. Season with salt and black pepper. Bring to a boil, then turn heat to medium-low and cook until pasta is cooked “al dente” for about 20 minutes. The liquid will be reduced and sauce thickened.
  4. Pour in half & half and mix well, cooking another few minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in half, 1 cup, of the mozzarella cheese until well blended.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup mozzarella over the top. Bake until cheese is melted and bubbly, about 10-15 minutes. Garnish servings with chopped, fresh herbs.


Step three allows you to control the thickness of the mac & cheese sauce.

To Serve

Consider fresh herbs for garnishing
20 min
prep time
40 min
cook time


1 lb Swaggerty’s Bulk Italian Sausage

1 cup chopped onions

3 garlic cloves, crushed

1 red bell pepper, chopped

12 ounces short pasta (rotini, elbow, penne, etc)

2 cups of your favorite jarred marinara sauce

4 cups chicken broth

Salt and black pepper

1/4 cup half and half

2 cups “soft” mozzarella cheese, shredded or pulled apart into small chunks, divided (Polly-O or BelGioioso brand is great for this and can be found at most supermarkets/groceries)

Fresh herbs for garnishing - basil leaves, parsley, thyme, rosemary…any of your favorites

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Pairs well with:
Salad, most green vegetables, crusty bread
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