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One-pot sausage rigatoni means you don’t have to cook the pasta separately. It’s literally only one pot. Pasta, plus sauce all together. If that’s not a busy parent’s dream, I don’t know what is.

Unless it’s a crowd-pleasing dinner every loves, like this one.

What You Need to Make One-Pot Cheesy Sausage Rigatoni

  • sausage (we use mild Italian)
  • onion
  • rigatoni
  • canned tomatoes (any kind, but we happened to have whole)
  • Italian seasoning (or oregano)
  • garlic
  • Better Than Bullion (optional)
  • cottage cheese
  • Parmesan cheese

How to Make Any Pasta in One Pot

Here is a basic ratio for making pasta in a pot along with sauce.

8 ounces of pasta + 4 cups of liquid (tomatoes, stock, coconut milk, dairy milk and so on)

  1. Combine the ingredients together in a pot.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Lower heat and cover.
  4. Cook for about 12 minutes until the pasta is cooked through.
  5. Stir and serve

I love cooking pasta this way because it’s not only easier to clean up but the pasta soaks up so much more flavor!


One-Pot Cheesy Sausage Rigatoni

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  • Author: Charity Curley Mathews, founder of foodlets.com



  • 1 pound sausage (we use mild Italian)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 34 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces rigatoni (half a box)
  • 1 28-ounce can of tomatoes (any kind, but we happened to have whole)
  • 1 cup water or milk
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning (or oregano)
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt or Better Than Bullion
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese


  1. In a large pot, cook onions and sausage on medium heat until the sausage is cooked through and the onions are soft. About 8 minutes. (Depending on how fatty your sausage is, you might need a drizzle of olive oil.)
  2. Add the tomatoes, pasta, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt or Better Than Bullion and 1 cup of water or milk. Stir and cover.
  3. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and remove the lid halfway (perched on top). Cook for about 12 minutes, until the pasta is al dente.
  4. Add cottage cheese and Parmesan cheese. Stir and serve.

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More One-Pot Meals

I love one-pot meals like this rigatoni so much. Whether it’s pasta or a sheet pan, putting everything all together changes the way our evening goes. Here are my favorites:

  • Sheet Pan Kielbasa with Sweet Potatoes and Apples
  • Sheet Pan Honey-Mustard Chicken with Broccoli and Potatoes
  • Sheet Pan Lemon Chicken with Asparagus
  • One-Pot Macaroni & Cheese
  • One-Pot Shells with Sausage & Spinach
  • Instant Pot One-Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

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