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Sausage Macaroni Skillet

Evaporated milk and chili sauce lend a touch of creamy sweetness that kids of all ages will really go for in this comforting and hearty skillet meal. —Phyllis Schmalz, Kansas City, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    5 servings


  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped sweet red pepper
  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup chili sauce
  • 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • In a large skillet, cook the sausage, onion and peppers over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  • Add macaroni and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 7-8 minutes or until macaroni is tender. Stir in chili sauce and milk; heat through.
  • Remove from the heat. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 603 calories, 19g fat (8g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 1263mg sodium, 84g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 3g fiber), 26g protein.

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  • mln63
    Sep 9, 2015

    Not a fan.

  • Heidi_K1971
    Sep 17, 2014

    The nutritional facts need to be fixed. 1 serving may be 603 calories but this made far more than 5 cups of food. Family thought it was yummy and it was simple to throw together for a quick meal

  • hchambers
    Sep 17, 2014

    Easy and delicious for a busy night. I added some zucchini to mine as I had some I needed to use. I think this would work real well with ground beef as well.

  • GrammyGarl
    Jun 21, 2012

    Loved the simplicity and great outcome. I was distracted and added too much evapo milk so I put in a couple of slices of american cheese to compensate. Turned out very cheesy. I'll probably experiment with adding some other veggies, perhaps less chili sauce to cut down on sweetness a bit. Perfect recipe to make as is or tailor to suit different tastes. Thanks! :)

  • ehlertn
    Dec 12, 2011

    Very easy work-night meal! I used whole-wheat macaroni to add a little "healthiness" to the meal and cooked it for a couple minutes longer. I do love Italian sausage and these days, it's a bit less expensive than ground beef.

  • micheleclow
    Dec 6, 2011

    This is a very quick, easy and tasty dish. For those of you that didn't care for the evaporated milk, you can try regular milk.

  • jobr0501
    Feb 17, 2011

    This was delicious - I used hamburger instead of Italian sausage (only because I didn't have any sausage), and also omitted the onions. It was easy, quick and also great heated up for lunch today!

  • crystalcarreon
    Jan 27, 2011

    Such an easy, tasty recipe! The chili sauce adds such a perfect sweet taste. Also, One pan = less dishes = a very happy girl! However, I did change one thing. I am not a big fan of Italian sausage so I used ground beef and I think it still turned out delightful.

  • julsie27
    Nov 29, 2010

    Yummy! This was a great, quick work-night dinner. My husband couldn't get enough!

  • dempseypenn
    Oct 13, 2010

    My 14 year old daughther found this recipe in Simple and Delicious and wanted to try it. What a hit! She made it and we all loved it. This recipe is a keeper. I agree with the other reviews thinking that sweet and condensed milk as used instead of evaporated milk/