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Creamy Kielbasa Pasta

A quick and simple one pot Creamy Kielbasa Pasta recipe. Featuring kielbasa sausage tossed with tender noodles and covered in a rich cream sauce!

Kielbasa sausage has been a household favorite for quite awhile. In fact, I grew up eating it in a variety of dishes like bean soup.

Recently, Kim used it to create her Instant Pot kielbasa and sauerkraut recipe. For today’s offering, she decided to make it into a pasta dish.

This one-pot meal features sauteed onions and spiced sausage tossed with al dente penne noodles covered in a creamy sauce. When it comes to simplicity, it doesn’t get much easier than this.

You can make everything in one pot and it’s done in about 30-minutes. Similar to our Italian sausage and tomato linguine, this recipe is also budget friendly and perfect for small and large households alike.

The finished pasta dish in a earthen ware bowl.

How to make a simple kielbasa pasta:

First, grab a large stock pot or saucepan and place it over medium heat. Add in the oil, kielbasa sausage, and sliced onions.

Next, allow the mixture to cook for about 5-minutes or until the onions soften and sausage begins to crisp.

Sausage and onions cooking in a pot.

After that, carefully pour in the chicken broth, water, and pasta noodles.

Then, stir everything to prevent sticking. Let the liquid come to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer.

Noodles, broth, and water added to the pot.

Now, cover the pot and let the noodles cook for about 13-minutes. Be sure to stir things from time to time to keep the noodles from sticking together.

Also, keep an eye on the liquid because you don’t want all the liquid to boil out. If it does, you won’t have enough broth to create the sauce.

Cubed cream cheese added to the cooked noodles.

Afterward, when the pasta is done to your liking, add the cream cheese. Stir all the ingredients together to create a tasty, creamy sauce.

Last, turn off the heat and serve. Feel free to garnish the kielbasa pasta with chopped parsley or Parmesan cheese.

The ingredients have been stirred into a creamy pasta.

Recipe Tips:

  • Not everyone is a fan of sausage. Now worries, you can always use pre-cooked chicken or hamburger meat in place of the salty links.
  • If you’d prefer, you can replace the cream cheese with tomato sauce or marinara.
  • Egg noodles can be substituted for the penne pasta. However, you’ll need to reduce the cook time, otherwise they’ll be too soft.
The creamy one-pot pasta served in a brown bowl.
The finished pasta dish in a earthen ware bowl.

Creamy Kielbasa Pasta

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings

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  • 1 tablespoon oil canola, olive, vegetable, etc.
  • 13 ounces kielbasa sausage sliced into bite-sized pieces (one large link)
  • 1/2 cup white onion thinly sliced (about 1 medium sized)
  • 8 ounces penne pasta or any short pasta, dry
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth low-sodium
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese cut into cubes


  • Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add the oil, sausage, and onion. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes until the sausage begins to brown and the onions soften.
    1 tablespoon oil
    13 ounces kielbasa sausage
    1/2 cup white onion
  • Add the noodles, broth, and water. Stir to combine.
    8 ounces penne pasta
    1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
    1 1/2 cups water
  • Bring the ingredients to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and continue to cook for 12 to 14 minutes. Stir occasionally to ensure the noodles don’t stick together. Don’t let all the liquid cook away. There needs to be a little residual liquid in the bottom of the pan to mix with the cream cheese.
  • After the noodles are cooked to al dente or to your liking, add the cream cheese. Stir until the cream cheese is melted and thoroughly combined.
    1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • Serve hot. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of about 2-cups of the kielbasa pasta. Actual calories will vary.
*For additional information and tips, please refer to the post. 


Serving: 2Cups | Calories: 502kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 880mg | Potassium: 310mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 509IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 1mg
Recipe Rating


Thursday 9th of March 2023

Great recipe..added bell pepper and red pepper flakes with a little sour cream. Thank you for sharing!! Yummy


Friday 10th of March 2023

Thank you T! Kim and I are thrilled you enjoyed the kielbasa pasta. Have a lovely day :)

Liz Bermingham

Wednesday 27th of July 2022

Can you add a bit of fresh spinach to this?


Thursday 28th of July 2022

Absolutely, stir the washed fresh spinach into the pasta right at end (just before serving). If you add it in while the pasta cooks, it could overcook and become slimy. Thank you for your question, Liz. Have a lovely day :)


Thursday 18th of November 2021

Very easy to put together on a busy weeknight! But definitely a recipe for milder palates. We added salt and crushed red pepper, a handful of of grated parmesan cheese. It was good!


Thursday 18th of November 2021

We're glad you enjoyed the pasta dish. Those sound like tasty additions! Thanks for coming back to comment, and we hope you have a wonderful evening! :)


Monday 8th of November 2021

We made this tonight and my husband loved it! I will say I thought it more on the mild side, so next time I'll play a little with the recipe by trying 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes while it simmered to give it a little more kick. This is going into our favorites! Thanks!


Monday 8th of November 2021

Hi Danielle!

We're so glad you and your family enjoyed the pasta! Red pepper flakes would be a great addition and add just enough heat. Thanks so much for coming back to comment. Have a wonderful week! :)


Monday 12th of July 2021

What an easy, simple, but delicious meal! Thank you! I will make this again.