Homemade mac and cheese with sausage and bell peppers smothered in marinara sauce and cream. This skillet mac and cheese is a perfect weeknight family dinner as it takes only 30 minutes and is made in one pan!
In this mac and cheese recipe, everything is cooked in one skillet: sausage, bell peppers, and even pasta! The clean-up after dinner is super easy! This dish will become your family's favorite!
I've made this homemade mac and cheese with sausage and bell peppers a couple of weeks ago as my lunch to take to work - and it was so good and easy to make!
How to make skillet mac and cheese
First, start by cooking sausage on medium heat, in a large skillet until the meat is brown. Drain off fat. Then, add diced bell peppers:
Next, add dried elbow macaroni, marinara sauce, and water:
Bring to boil; reduce heat to simmer. Simmer, covered, for about 20 minutes until macaroni is tender, occasionally stirring. Add half and half, sprinkle with cheese, and mix everything well. Remove from heat, cover and let it sit for about 2 minutes or until the cheese melts:
Your pasta is ready to serve: only 45 minutes from start to finish!
Mac and Cheese with Sausage and Bell Peppers (30-Minute, One-Pan Recipe)
- 1 lb pork sausage
- 2 bell peppers diced
- 8 oz elbow macaroni uncooked
- 18 oz marinara sauce
- 18 oz water
- ⅓ cup half and half
- ⅓ cup mozzarella cheese
- In a large skillet cook sausage on medium heat, until meat is brown. Drain off fat.
- Add diced bell peppers, dried elbow macaroni, marinara sauce, and water. Bring to boil; reduce heat to simmer. Simmer, covered, for about 20 minutes until macaroni is tender, occasionally stirring.
- Add half and half, sprinkle with cheese, and mix everything well. Remove from heat, cover and let it sit for about 2 minutes or until cheese melts.
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This was so easy and fast to make and the best part...my family loved it! It will be a regular meal at this house!
Sandy, thank you for taking the time to share such a positive comment - it made my day! 🙂
I made this tonight and it was a huge hit! The teenager ate seconds, so this will make it into our rotation! When I make this again for more people I will do more than the double batch I made tonight.
Suzyn, I am so glad you tried this recipe and loved it! 🙂 Thank you for the comment and 5-star review - I really appreciate it! 🙂 🙂
Can you freeze this after cooking?
I would cook this recipe but not add the cream and cheese if you would like to freeze it. When you thaw this, reheat this on the stove top until hot, then add the cream and melt the cheese. Otherwise, the cheese-based cream sauces don't freeze well and lose their texture.
I’ve made this recipe multiple times and would sometimes substitute certain ingredients but it still came out so good. I love it
Nyesha, I am so glad you've enjoyed this recipe. Thank you so much for taking the time to share such a positive comment! 🙂
This is a family favorite. I make this all the time. Only thing I do different is I use great value mushroom spaghetti sauce (its my familys favorite) instead of marinara. Then I add a can of mushrooms. Thank you!!
Jill, I am so happy this recipe is one of your favorites! Thank you for such a positive comment! 🙂