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posted by Michelle Gothon Aug 18, 2016 (updated Mar 11, 2024)

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Use extra or leftover grilled bratwurst to make this creamy, easy bratwurst pasta made with rigatoni pasta! Ready in about 30 minutes and perfect for a quick weeknight meal.

Bratwurst is not something I grew up eating. Surprising, considering my German heritage! It just wasn’t something that my Mom fixed, whether it was a grilled bratwurst on a bun, or a more creative recipe like this bratwurst pasta.

When I married my husband, he quickly discovered that brats weren’t in our regular summer grilling rotation and petitioned me to start buying brats.

“Thank you for this!! I made it tonight and it was a huge hit. Easy, quick, and tasty. I think this will be a household staple recipe now.”

-Sally
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My husband’s family boils their brats in beer to keep them nice and juicy, and then throws them on the grill to finish them. This method keeps them nice and juicy.

“Turned out amazing! Used whole wheat spaghetti noodles as that’s what I had on hand and added some southwest chipotle seasoning to it to add more of a kick! Possibly one of my new favorites!”

-Lacey, Pinterest User
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“5 stars. Simple to make and very pleasant flavor. Will make again.

-Valerie, Pinterest User

Sometimes, I have leftover brats in the fridge from grilling them or making Oven Roasted Bratwurst with Peppers and Onions or Delicious Beer Brats with Red Pepper Relish. You can always put a leftover brat on a bun, but we wanted to do something different with them.

And other times, we buy a pack of brats and then we get rained on, so we can’t grill them like we had planned!I created this easy bratwurst pasta recipe with those extra leftover brats in mind!

“So good! Spicy and delicious! We’ll definitely make again 😁”

-Lisa, Pinterest User
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Brats are made for grilling, but all good cooks need a backup plan! This pasta is slightly reminiscent of my creamy Cajun pasta, using many of the same spices you find in creole pasta dishes.

I used rigatoni pasta, but you could truly use whatever pasta you had on hand.

As always, treat this recipe as a base for your creativity! Here are some suggestions for additions:

  • Add mushrooms to the skillet along with the cooked, sliced bratwurst.
  • Add fresh herbs towards the end of the cooking time; oregano, basil, parsley and thyme are wonderful additions.
  • Add diced vegetables (zucchini and yellow squash are great) when you return the cooked bratwurst to the pan.
  • Add 1/2 of a diced yellow onion. Allow to sauté for 2-3 minutes before returning the cooked bratwurst to the skillet.
  • Garnish with shredded mozzarella or grated parmesan cheese.

Remember, I used rigatoni pasta for this recipe, but using whatever type of pasta you have on hand is a GOOD idea and great way to manage your pantry!

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Easy Bratwurst Pasta

Yield: Serves 5

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Use extra or leftover grilled bratwurst to make thiscreamy,easy bratwurstpasta made with rigatoni pasta! Ready in about 30 minutes and perfect for a quick weeknight meal.

Ingredients

For the sauce:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 14.5 ounces diced tomatoes with garlic and onion
  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  2. In a large skillet, sauté the bratwurst sausage on medium high until cooked through, about ten minutes.
  3. Slice the cooked sausage into bite-sized pieces and return to the skillet.
  4. To the skillet, add cream cheese and diced tomatoes, then reduce heat to low. Stir constantly until cream cheese melts.
  5. Add chicken broth and spices into skillet, stir until well combined.
  6. Add cooked pasta to skillet, stir to coat the pasta with cream sauce.
  7. Serve warm.

Notes

If your bratwurst is already cooked, congratulations! You get to skip Step #2 and save some time.

If you don't have bratwurst, consider substituting pre-cooked smoked sausage. Just slice it and move on to step #2!

If you are worried about the spice level, please completely omit the cayenne pepper!

I have started using this pasta recipe for leftover pot roast, too! Just substitute shredded leftover pot roast for the bratwurst and heat in the skillet.

Nutrition Information

Yield 5Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 674Total Fat 44gSaturated Fat 19gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 21gCholesterol 114mgSodium 1450mgCarbohydrates 47gFiber 5gSugar 6gProtein 23g

The nutrition for this recipe is calculated by an app, and may be incorrect.

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  1. Mollie D Reply

    Looks damn good. We always make a whole package because we love the leftovers (brats and eggs after a night of beers is amazing)

  2. Abeer Reply

    That looks like a fun event for foodies and your pasta made me soooo darn hungry! hahah

  3. Michelle De La Cerda Reply

    What an amazing weeknight meal especially with back to school coming up.

  4. Joanie @ ZagLeft Reply

    I’ve got a package of bratwurst in my fridge right now, what a great way to enjoy it.

  5. Amanda | The Chunky Chef Reply

    My Dad loves brats, so I’ll have to make this for him!

  6. Melanie | Melanie Makes Reply

    Living in Wisconsin for seven years, we always looked forward to Brat Fest each Memorial Day – delicious!

  7. Jessica @ Sprinkle Some Sugar Reply

    This looks so hearty and delicious!

  8. Dee Reply

    I loved this. So easy and delicious. My kids even ate it!!

    • Michelle

      That makes me SO happy! Thanks Dee!

  9. Heather Reply

    If I made this early, would it heat up okay in the oven or dry out? I want to make this for a church potluck but am not sure if it can be made in the morning and kept warm in the oven? Any advice is appreciated, thanks!

  10. Christina Reply

    Looks delicious! I was wondering if I can use leftover grilled brats in this recipe. Have you tried this and does it taste ok? Would I just microwave them before adding to pasta? Thanks for sharing!

    • Michelle

      Yes, you can! I would just add them to the skillet for a few minutes at first, remove them, then add them again to the pasta at the end to make sure they’re still warm! Microwave is fine too if it speeds things up for you! This pasta is so good, I hope you enjoy!

    • Teresa

      @Christina,
      So, I’m a few years late 😆, but yes! I’ve used grilled brats for this recipe. Still delicious!

    • Michelle Goth

      Yes, grilled brats are awesome in this recipe!

  11. Candi M Garland Reply

    I made this but used teaspoons instead of tablespoons for the seasonings and it was perfect! Everyone wanted more! Will have to double it next time!

    • Michelle

      Thanks for letting me know, Candi!

    • martha

      I have to share this and laugh at myself some more. Using my major reading skills, as I looked over the comments fairly quickly, I had to read this one twice because I thought that it said “I made this but used tampons instead of….”! For someone who had early menopause over 12 years ago, the tampon thing was really alien to me! I’m glad that I reread!

      I’m thinking about using this recipe tonight and using seasonings minus tampons ( I don’t have any anyway!) It looks good, and right now there’s not much in the way of food that looks appetizing to me. I hope to finish my whole serving. I don’t know if anyone sees this since it’s been four years since the first post.

    • Michelle Goth

      LOL! Candi! You made my day. I’m literally laughing out loud in my kitchen right now. I hope that you enjoy a whole serving of this pasta! It’s definitely a fav favorite. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  12. Barbara Montag Reply

    Oh wow we would all love this – thanks for the recipe!

  13. Dr ROK Reply

    This stuff is great! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Michelle

      So glad you liked it! Thanks for taking the time to let me know!

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  15. MarieAnn Evans Reply

    Johmsonville should love you! Made this( ‘did leave out the cayenne pepper-we’re sissies!)and it was TERRIFICLY TASTY!!

    • Michelle

      LOL okay you are amazing! Thanks for the awesome feedback and making me laugh today!

  16. Belles Reply

    Just threw this together with some leftover brats at 11 at night to take for lunch at work tomorrow. It came together crazy-fast and it’s delicious! Can’t wait for lunchtime!

    • Michelle

      Oh, you made my day! So glad it came together easy for you and will be a yummy lunch! 🙂

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  20. Teresa Burch Reply

    This recipe is awesome. I made it tonight but added some changes. I added steamed broccoli and green chili (I’m from New Mexico green chili in everything) to the sauce, sprinkled with cheese and baked at 350 for 30 minutes. Make sure your noodles are al dente because they cook more in oven. Yummy and easy…

    • Michelle Goth

      Teresa- LOVE this adaptation! I spent a few weeks in Santa Fe for work and I now love green chiles in everything too. Sounds AMAZING!

  21. Janice Simmons Reply

    Made this for supper – rates a 12! I precooked brats. Cooked chopped onions, fresh mushrooms and garlic in butter. When brats cooked – slice and add to other pan along with can of Rotel tomatoes with chilis. Cube cream cheese into that pan an DC add chx broth. Cook rotini in hot water from brats – drain add to skillet. Top with mozzarella. Yum

  22. C Reply

    Wow…. incredible dish! Will definitely make again

    • Michelle Goth

      Hooray! So glad you liked it. Thanks for letting me know!

  23. Maria Reply

    I’m going to try this! We are quarantining and bought fresh brats from a local restaurant. I was googling easy brat recipes and found this. It sounds delicious and I’m sure it will be! Thanks for sharing!!

    Maria

    • Michelle Goth

      I hope that you enjoy this pasta! It’s always one of my top recipes, good luck!

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  25. Rosailia Waubanascum Reply

    I have a big family to cook for and me and my daughter found this when looking for a easy bratwurst recipe to make one night . And ever since we have made it part of our family meals. They love it so much we never have any leftovers .

    • Michelle Goth

      Rosailia, you made my day! I’m so glad this recipe has become part of your family meals!

  26. Sally Reply

    Thank you for this!! I made it tonight and it was a huge hit. Easy, quick, and tasty. I think this will be a household staple recipe now.

    • Michelle Goth

      Sally, this is awesome feedback! Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know. So glad your family loved it.

  27. Meg Reply

    This was an easy, excellent dish. Family loved it and we have put the recipe in the keep file. I made it with bow tie pasta since it was what I had. Very good!

    • Michelle Goth

      Wonderful! Thank you for letting me know, Meg!

  28. Annie Reply

    Trying this for dinner. My sauce was a little this so added some corn starch to thicken it.

  29. Tricia Reply

    Thanks for the recipe it is delicious! I used tomatoes with green chiles because that’s all I had on hand. I also added grilled asparagus. It turned out great!

    • Michelle Goth

      Ooo, thank you for letting me know it worked great with tomatoes with green chiles! That will definitely help other readers that have those on hand! Glad you loved it!

  30. Nicolette Reply

    I have to say, as easy as the bratwurst in pasta recipe was it was mighty, mighty tasty. The only issue, I have light weights in my family who can’t handle the spice. I’m going to really enjoy my meal and left overs!!! Thank you!

    • Michelle Goth

      Haha!!! You can always douse yours with red chili pepper flakes after it’s done! So glad you liked it! 🙂

  31. Smitty Reply

    WOW, this is a terrific dish. Made it for the first time about six months ago, and it went over so well it’s now a staple. We’re also convinced we could do this as a seafood dish, with crawfish and/or shrimp. Thanks for putting it out there for us to find!

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  33. Peggy Reply

    I am so excited to finally find recipes from someone who actually has a spice rack!!! I cook with no less than 6 herbs and spices ever. Can’t wait try this recipe. I will let you know how it turns out.

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  35. Nanette Fraser Reply

    This was fantastic, thank you!

    • Michelle Goth

      So glad you liked it! 🙂 Thanks for letting me know.

  36. Alison Reply

    should I drain the tomatoes?

    • Michelle Goth

      No! No need to drain them, add them juice and all!

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  40. Greg Reply

    It was quick and easy! The WHOLE family loved it! Thanks for making a delicious dinner easy!

  41. Lucy Reply

    Love it! Hubby likes very spicy dishes so I added half a brick of pepper jack cheese and he was in heaven! Thanks so much for this recipe. It’s a keeper!

    • Michelle Goth

      Lucy, thanks so much for letting me know! Glad you loved it!

  42. Dorothy Reply

    Talk about an easy, delicious dinner!! It is a little spicy so cut back on the cayenne if you don’t like spice! Even our 7 month old couldn’t get enough. We added black beans too which was delicious!

  43. Teresa Reply

    Okay this was a hit! My hubby and son LOVE brats and they both loved this dish equally. I ended up caramelizing half an onion, and braising it with the brats with a can of beer (in true Wisconsinite fashion). When I added the sliced brats back into the pan, I added 3 minced cloves of garlic instead of the called for garlic powder- and I subbed out a whole fresh tomato for the can of diced tomatoes. This was soo delicious!!

  44. Deanna Holt Reply

    This brat pasta is really flavorful. It has some heat (but not too much) The recipe states that it yields 4 servings but depending on how much you can eat it’s more realistically 6 servings and that’s with larger portions. It’s been in our meal rotation for a while now but I just got around to leaving a review

    • Michelle Goth

      Hey Deanna- Thanks for letting me know! My husbands a big eater, so I think my portions are always a little skewed. 😉 Glad you all love it and work it into the rotation!

  45. Pauline Reply

    The flavor of this was so good, but mine ended up being very soupy, not creamy. Any ideas where I went wrong?

    • Michelle Goth

      Hi Pauline! I’m sorry to hear that! My first thought is maybe too much chicken broth (on accident), or, the sauce may have needed a bit more time to simmer? As it simmers, the liquid evaporates and thickens up!

    • Sarah

      That happened to me, too! I think the amount of veggies I added released a lot of liquid. I simmered for more than 10 min until I got the consistency I wanted.

      Delicious!

  46. Drew Senesac Reply

    Excellent dish! Spicy cream sauce is perfect! I’ll make it all the time!

    • Michelle Goth

      Drew, I’m so glad you loved it. Thanks for letting me know!

  47. Julie Reply

    This was amazing! We had a whole deer processed into brats and they are so dry they are almost inedible by themselves. I mixed them into this recipe and it made them delicious!

    • Michelle Goth

      This is high praise! 🙂 Thank you Julie!

  48. Letitia Reply

    Looks good. We have brats left over from a brat fry that I need to use.

    Side note: Fridays in Wisconsin are Fish Fry’s not brat fry’s. 😉

    • Michelle Goth

      Hope you enjoy it!

      And, thanks for setting me straight! 🙂 I’ve fixed.

  49. Deborah Reply

    I’m getting ready to make this and the “brats” my husband took out for me this am are actually mild Italian sausages….do you think this will work???

    • Michelle Goth

      Hi Deborah- Oh yes, definitely! It will be delicious with Italian sausage. Good luck!

  50. DeAnna Cushinery Reply

    It was a big hit but a little too spicy. I think next time I’m going to cut the cayenne in half or add more cream cheese to cut the heat.

    • Michelle Goth

      Thanks for the feedback, DeAnna! Yes, cutting the cayenne in half or omitting totally should get that spice level down for you.

  51. DeAnna Cushinery Reply

    I’ve made this several times and all a big hit. Has anyone tried this with sour cream instead of cream cheese?

    • Michelle Goth

      Deanna, I’m so glad you loved this! I haven’t tried it with sour cream but generally sour cream can be a 1 to 1 sub for cream cheese. I would worry a little about the sour cream separating if you get the heat up super high, so maybe heat on low instead, or add towards the end of the cooking process?

  52. Joanne S Reply

    I am making up a bunch of freezer meals for my son and wife who are expecting their first child soon. My son LOVES brats and I was going to try this. Has anyone froze this recipe for reheating?

    • Michelle Goth

      That is so kind of you! I think it would work since you can freeze cream cheese – I would guess they may want to add some liquid (chicken broth, water) when reheating to help it loosen back up!

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  54. Amanda Reply

    I added velvetta cheese with the cream cheese and Tony’s seasoning it was awesome. I couldn’t find tomatoes with onions so I sautéed some with butter and garlic. Thank you for this recipe

    • Michelle Goth

      Hi Amanda! So glad it turned out for you! Your additions sound delish.

  55. Scott H Reply

    I do not typically comment on recipes, but because this one has become such a family favorite I wanted to compliment you on it. The recipe is easy, with few ingredients and is a fantastic comfort food!! I make it as written. My adult children request it routinely (easy to make, but not easy enough for them to make it!! LOL…”never as good as Dad’s!”). In fact, I am making a double batch today to drop for two of them and their families locally. Thx again for sharing!

  56. Dena Foreman Reply

    Making this right now yummy

  57. talligirl Reply

    Was looking for something to do with left over brats. DELICIOUS!! Used rotelle tomatoes and bow tie pasta. Will definitely make this again!

    • Michelle Goth

      Yay! I’m so glad you loved it! It’s one of our faves.

  58. Lindsay Reply

    Loved this recipe! We didn’t have any cream cheese, but had half a tub of left-over, shredded parmesan and a couple slices of pepperjack that we used instead. Also added spinach. Served over gluten free penne. Delicious!

  59. Krysteigh M. Reply

    This is absolutely fantastic! Thank you so much for the recipe 😁

    I’m not a big fan of leftover grilled brats, or at least I wasn’t before. But this is a game changer (or after-game changer). Delicious!!!

  60. Maria B Rugolo Reply

    Great recipe!!! I used a 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper. I will cut it back to a 1/4 next time. This is a very flavorful dish and having brats already cooked made it even easier. A definite keeper!

  61. Gary Reply

    make a double batch! My two teenage grandsons will eat the entire pan an ask for more. This is delicious!

  62. Sheila Reply

    Added this new recipe to my all-time favorite pasta recipe collection. So yummy and easy to make. The kids loved it my husband loved it too!

  63. Keith Moser Reply

    I had some frozen Costco brats that needed to be eaten and this recipe came up on a quick search. I left out the cayenne since my 5yo doesn’t like spicy things (I worried even the paprika might be too much!) and couldn’t find tomatoes with garlic and onions (only basil, garlic & oregano). I thought about adding some dried minced onion while in the grocery store (but completely forgot when I cooked it).

    This turned out fantastic! My 5yo said the sausage (or probably the paprika) was “a little bit spicy” but she still liked it and ate a whole bowl! Even my 3yo ate nearly a whole bowl of it! Definitely printing this out to make again!!

    • Michelle Goth

      Keith, thank you for the awesome feedback! I’m so glad your family enjoyed the brat pasta! 🙂

  64. Jennifer Hollowell Reply

    I make this with Italian sausage and it’s SO SO good!!!!!

    • Michelle Goth

      That sounds amazing!!! Will try out italian sausage next time we make it!

  65. Kristen Reply

    Im so excited to make this!!!!! Thank you for the recipe.
    Do you think dairy free sour cream would work in place of the cream cheese (my hubbie has dairy allergy)

    • Michelle Goth

      Hi Kristen! Yes, I do think it would work! I would just add it at the very end of the cook time, maybe over low heat (or no heat) to make sure it doesn’t separate on you!

  66. Carol M. Reply

    What a great recipe and so easy to make. Thanks so much. I will definitely be making this again!

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