One Pan Kielbasa and Pasta Dinner

Serves: 4-5            Prep Time: 10-15 minutes             Cook Time: 15-20 minutes

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On a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being the easiest to make I’d rank this about a 3 or 4. You just cut up all the ingredients, boil the pasta and then sauté them all together. I love easy recipes but I also love simple and delicious recipes and this is just one of them. It’s truly an all family favorite and that is so hard to achieve to get everyone on the same page for meals. Also, if there’s any ingredients that you don’t like you can always substitute them with your favorite meat or veggie but use the same cooking methods.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole link of kielbasa sausage, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 lb (8 oz) of pasta, choose your favorite (I used whatever I had in my pantry but bowtie is usually our favorite)
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • salt
  • ground black pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil for pasta boil
  • chili pepper flakes

I started a pot to boil the pasta in and added salt and drizzled some EVOO into the pot. Later we’ll use some of this pasta water for flavoring into the pan so save it. Boil the pasta according to the package instructions.

Then, sauté the kielbasa until it is browned and set aside in another plate.

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Then I used PAM cooking spray to coat the pan and turned the stove to medium heat and added the vegetables in and sprinkled the mixture with salt and pepper.

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After about 2-3 minutes and before they were done cooking I added the minced garlic. This was all done before my pasta was done cooking so I set the pan aside. Once the pasta was done cooking I put the sauté pan back on the stove and added back in the kielbasa. I spooned in the cooked pasta into the vegetable and kielbasa pan and used a ladle to spoon in some pasta water. I then added in the butter and some chili pepper flakes and let everything cook for about another 2-3 minutes until everything was well mixed. I don’t add too much chili pepper flakes because my kids can’t eat spicy yet but just a very small amount is enough to enhance the flavor without making it too spicy.

I served this with Pillsbury baked croissants, this is my secret weapon to help make my kids eat pasta with veggies! We also use it as bribery to get them to eat it before we give them the croissant. I had turned on the oven when I started the pot to boil the pasta and then put them in the oven for 12 minutes and so they were baking while I was cooking.

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Needless to say, everyone happily ate their dinner without complaining, except for the fact that they wanted more croissants!

Notes: By the way, I saved the other half of the bell peppers and chopped them into small pieces for another dish, fried rice dinner for the next night.

 

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