Healthy Creamy One Pot Pasta is one of my absolute favorite meals. Spicy Italian chicken sausage, brown rice pasta and the creamiest sauce. Everything is cooked in one pot, so it could not be easier to make. On the table in under 20 minutes, this recipe is guaranteed to be a favorite.
Ingredient Notes and Health Benefits:
Brown Rice Pasta: A great source of minerals and fiber. It’s also gluten free and I find it to digest much more easily in comparison to wheat pasta. Trader Joe’s has one I really like.
Spicy Chicken Sausage: A great source of protein and it gives this recipe so much flavor. You can also use pork sausage.
Reduced Fat Coconut Milk: I love using coconut milk instead of cream. It makes the pasta just as “creamy” but has so many fewer calories.
Fresh Garlic: High in vitamin c, b6 and manganese. Garlic is so flavorful and so healthy.
Red Bell Pepper: High in vitamin A, C and fiber.
Fresh Basil: High in vitamin K, manganese, iron, vitamin A, and vitamin C. I love the smell of fresh basil and it adds a lot of flavor and color to this pasta.
How to Make Healthy Creamy One Pot Pasta
Spicy Italian chicken sausage, brown rice pasta and the creamiest sauce. Sounds like heaven, right? The best part is everything (even the pasta!) is cooked in one pot. This makes it easy to cook and even easier to clean up.
1st Step: In a large pot, place olive oil, red pepper and onion. Cook for 2 minutes or until the veggies have started to soften
2nd Step: Add sausage, garlic, red chili’s, salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes, breaking up the meat as it cooks.
3rd Step: Add pasta, water, wine and sauce. Cover and bring to a boil. Simmer on medium heat for 7-10 minutes.
4th Step: Stir in coconut milk, basil and parmesan cheese.
That’s IT! Top with extra basil and parmesan and you’re good to go!
Meal Prep and Reheating
This recipe is perfect for meal prep. Place the pasta in a microwave safe container (I prefer glass) and store in the fridge for 2-3 days. To reheat, simply place in the microwave on medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Check out these other Chef Nat one pot recipes One-Pot Creamy Sicilian Gnocchi and One-Pot Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta.
1 tbsp olive oil 1. In a large pot, place olive oil and add red bell pepper and onion. Cook for 2 minutes.
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 yellow onion, diced
5 hot chicken sausages
1 tsp red chili flakes
5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
16oz brown rice fusilli
25oz arrabiata sauce
1/4 cup white wine
4 cups water
7oz low fat coconut milk
1/2 cup fresh basil
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
2. Add sausage, black pepper, salt, red chilis and garlic. Cook for 5 mins, breaking up meat as it cooks.
3. Add pasta, sauce, water and wine. Cover, bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Simmer for 7-10 minutes.
4. Stir in coconut milk, parmesan cheese and fresh basil.
5. Serve into bowls and sprinkle with extra parmesan and torn basil. Enjoy!
1 tbsp olive oil
1. In a large pot, place olive oil and add red bell pepper and onion. Cook for 2 minutes.