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Creamy Mexican Pasta with Smoked Sausage Skillet Dinner

Creamy cheesy and delicious Mexican-style meal that’s on the table in 30 minutes.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Everyday Meals, pasta, Pork, skillet dinners
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: mexican pasta, skillet dinner, smoked sausage
Servings: 4
Calories: 867kcal


  • 1 lb smoked sausage -or- kielbasa
  • 8 oz uncooked tubular pasta
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 tbsp diced jalapenos fresh or canned
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup light or heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Monterrey jack cheese
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 green onion sliced thinly (for garnish)


  • Slice sausage in 1/4-inch slices.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil; heat till oil is hot.
  • Brown the sliced sausage on both sides. Add onion and saute for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the pasta, jalapenos, salsa, chicken stock, tomatoes and cream. Stir well to combine. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to simmer. Cook until most liquid is absorbed by the pasta.
  • Stir in 1/2 cup of the jack cheese, combining well so cheese melts.
  • Remove from heat and top with the remaining cheese. Cover for 5 minutes or until cheese melts.
  • -OR-
  • If you used a completely oven-safe skillet, you may eliminate this last step and pop the entire skillet under the broiler for 5-8 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and just begins to brown.
  • Garnish with sliced green onions.


Serving: 1person | Calories: 867kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 54g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 1831mg | Potassium: 848mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1211IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 379mg | Iron: 3mg