Creamy Kielbasa Pasta

When I was young, our family owned a bed and breakfast. Not only did we own the place, we ran the place. I started my employment there as a dishwasher. I would bus tables at events, moved up to a housekeeper, and eventually worked the front desk.

My mom made breakfast for the guests every morning. She had always been a phenomenal cook, and I still distinctly remember many of the dishes she made there. I’m sure many of the guests do too. Why am I reminiscing about the bed and breakfast today? Kielbasa. One of the infamous breakfasts by mom made was a thick french toast made from french bread with with peaches, and a homemade peach glaze sauce. Whenever she would make it, she would serve it with some Kielbasa sausage. Everything about the taste, and the smell of Kielbasa transports me back to the inn all those years ago.

Today was no exception. There was something about the stormy, cold air had the comfort of Kielbasa and pasta calling my name. Another reason it kept coming to mind was that it was meal share. This means that I cook for 16 rather than just our 5.  I typically shop the sales when I’m deciding what to make. Sausage and pasta are usually easy on the wallet. This recipe, in particular, is under $10 meal.  Can I just say, I LOVE when the food I am really really craving is on sale?!? Kielbasa was on sale! Hallelujah! It was a sign that Creamy Kielbasa Pasta would be on the menu.  Thus, my singing praises for a sale on sausage. 🙂

There are so many ways you can incorporate Kielbasa links into a dish. It is so versitile. You can go Italian, Mediterranean, straight up CHEESE. Plus, it’s packed with protein so you can fill up those hungry tummies. kielbasa-sausage
I was feeling like something creamy with a bit of a kick. My mind kept going back to peppers. Because there are too many tiny mouths eating the food on meal share days, I can never go too spicy,  so I decided to counteract the spice with some sweet peppers. Sounds like an oxymoron, I know, but it did the trick! This new pasta recipe was a hit. It was a perfect balance of seasoning and spice. Here’s how I made it.

Creamy Kielbasa Sausage Pasta

2 1/2 c. reduced sodium chicken broth

1 can diced tomatoes with green chilis

1 – 2 Tbs. olive oil

1 diced sweet onion

1 diced orange bell pepper

1 diced yellow bell pepper

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 packages smoked kielbasa sausage, cut into 1/2 inch slices

1 14.5 oz box of bowtie pasta

1 c. heavy cream

3-4 green onion chopped

Directions:

In a very large skillet, brown the kielbasa slices on medium heat. Don’t crowd the pan, and keep them moving. It is better to do a couple of batches to make sure they brown evenly. When kielbasa are evenly browned, remove the kielbasa and set aside.

Reduce your heat to medium/low. In the same skillet add olive oil. When hot, add diced onion, peppers, and garlic to the skillet, and cook for about 3 minutes.

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Add broth, tomatoes, cooked kielbasa, and bowtie pasta and heavy cream to the skillet. Cover and continue to cook on medium low heat, stirring occasionally for about 20 – 25 minutes or until the sauce thickens.

Just before serving, garnish with chopped green onion. kielbasa-pasta   Let us know if you like this Creamy Kielbasa Sausage Pasta as much as we do! .

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