This Cheesy Kielbasa Pasta recipe calls for smoky sausage, soft rigatoni noodles, and a flavorful cheese sauce. It’s ready in 30 minutes in one pan, so you can get supper on the table quickly!

In a skillet, cook cheesy kielbasa pasta.

When it’s 5 p.m., the last thing I want to do is spend an hour in the kitchen cooking over a hot stove.

It’s nights like this that I appreciate quick and easy dinners the most!

Take, for example, this cheesy kielbasa pasta meal.

This dish is effective because it is:

It’s a one-pot dish. To make the entire dish, you’ll simply need a large skillet.

Done in less than 30 minutes!

Excellent for all palates. Even the most discriminating palates will be pleased with the mild flavor of the sausage and the added cheesiness on the spaghetti.

There are only a few ingredients. There are just eight of them.

So simple to create. Allow your children to assist with browning the kielbasa, adding the pasta, and sprinkling the cheese.

Instructions in Steps

Ingredients for kielbasa pasta on a white table.

16 ounces kielbasa sausage, sliced into equal circles

COOK kielbasa and 1 tablespoon onion powder in a large pan coated with cooking spray over medium heat until the sausage is lightly browned.

In a skillet, brown the kielbasa.

Stir together 1 (14 ounce) can of chicken broth (approximately 2 cups) and 8 ounces of uncooked rigatoni pasta in a skillet.

BRING the mixture to a boil, then reduce to a medium heat.

CAREFULLY take a few tablespoons of the warm broth from the pan and whisk them slowly into 1/2 cup of milk. Add the milk to the skillet after it’s warm.

Noodles in broth with rigatoni.

SIMMER the mixture for for 15 minutes, or until the pasta is tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

LOWER the heat and whisk in 1 cup of shredded Colby jack cheese until melted. Top with an additional 1/2 cup of cheese.

In a skillet, combine shredded cheese and kielbasa pasta.

Recipe Suggestions and Substitutions

White bowls with kielbasa pasta.

To fit your specific tastes/what you have on hand, you can make the following adjustments to this recipe:

Replace the kielbasa with turkey sausage, andouille, or hot smoked sausage.

Try one of these chicken broth alternatives.

Use any medium-length pasta, such as rotini or penne.

Use half & half instead of milk to provide extra richness.

Any shredded cheese, such as cheddar or a Mexican blend, will suffice.

The mixture will come together best if you use full-fat milk, such as whole milk. The lower the fat content of the milk, the more probable it will curdle in the pan. Also, don’t forget to temper the milk to assist prevent curdling.


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