Sauteed chicken sausage, apples and peppers in a pan.
45 Minutes or Less - Chicken - Pasta

Chicken Sausage and Apple Rigatoni

Last updated on August 6, 2022 by Liza Hawkins

Chicken sausage and apple rigatoni takes about thirty minutes from start to finish, which means it’s a snap to pull together on a busy weeknight! And, with fall right around the corner, busy weeknights are about to be status quo.

Ahhhh, fall. Apple “everything” is about to be in the air: apple scented candles, apple cider, homemade slow cooker applesauce, apple pie, etc. Pretty soon the leaves will turn brilliant sunset shades and evenings will start getting crisp and cool, even though the sun still warms the day.

It’s a phenomenal time of year; one of my absolute favorites!

Sauteed chicken sausage, apples and peppers in a pan.


Though many of the recipes I make with apples are sweet (like apple cinnamon cheesecake bars or apple bread), apples also make a great addition to savory meals and they pair wonderfully with meats like pork and chicken.

In this simple stove top rigatoni recipe, the chicken sausage goes well with gala apples. If you don’t have those, there are plenty of other apples that would work, too.

Here’s a quick run-through of how I pull the recipe together. If you’re eager to get straight to the recipe card, click the “jump to recipe” button at the top, or scroll down a little toward the bottom.

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Diced apples on a cutting board with onions.

First, I rough chopped the apples, and onions and peppers into bite sized pieces, leaving my apples unpeeled. If you prefer no peel, go ahead and remove them!

I seared the chicken sausage in a hot pan with olive oil so the links were browned on all sides … all perfectly crispy and juicy.

Seared chicken sausage in a skillet.

Once done, I let the sausages rest for a few minutes on a plate, and then I sauteed the apples, onions and peppers in the pan juices and pasta water.

After a few minutes I sliced the sausages and they went in, too, followed by a quick toss with the rigatoni.

Sauteed chicken sausage, apples and peppers in a pan.


I love the fact that this meal is pretty much ready in one single pan, aside from the pot I used to boil the rigatoni, and ready in under thirty minutes.

Plate of chicken sausage and apple rigatoni, ready in under thirty minutes.

Sauteed chicken sausage, apples and peppers in a pan.
Yield: 4

Chicken Sausage and Apple Rigatoni

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Chicken sausage and apple rigatoni takes about thirty minutes from start to finish, which means it's a snap to pull together on a busy weeknight!


  • 8 ounces dried rigatoni
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 package chicken sausage links
  • 1 bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 gala apples, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup pasta water
  • 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup parmesan (for garnish)


  1. Set a large pot of water with 2 tablespoons of salt to boil on the stove. Add the rigatoni and cook it for 10 minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water, then drain your rigatoni.
  2. Meanwhile, add the olive oil to a large skillet and warm it over medium-high heat. Add the sausages, searing them for 1-2 minutes on each side until they're browned evenly. Remove them to a plate to rest.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium, and add the apples, peppers and onions. Sprinkle them with 1 teaspoon sea salt, the garlic powder, pepper and red pepper flakes, and saute them for 5 minutes or until everything begins to soften.
  4. Slice the sausages, and toss them with the veggies in the skillet. Pour in the chicken stock and the pasta water, increase the heat to medium-high to bring it to a simmer. Add the cooked rigatoni and parsley to the skillet and toss them with the apples, veggies and sausage, and continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes.
  5. Serve with crusty bread and parmesan.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 309Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 972mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 15g

Hi, I'm Liza — a self-proclaimed word-nerd who loves getting lost in whimsical stories and epic movies. I have laid-back, practical attitude towards life and am always on the hunt for good eats, easy recipes, binge-worthy shows, relaxing road trip destinations, the perfect fizzy gin cocktail, and time to finish my novel!