One Pot Kielbasa Pasta

by Olivia
One Pot Kielbasa Pasta

This One Pot Kielbasa Pasta is a hearty and flavorful dish that’s perfect for busy weeknights. It’s made in just one pot for easy cleanup and is sure to be a hit with the whole family. Let’s get cooking!

Why You’ll Love This One Pot Kielbasa Pasta?

  • One Pot Wonder: Everything cooks in one pot, making cleanup a breeze.
  • Flavorful and Hearty: The smoky kielbasa, creamy sauce, and cheese make this dish incredibly satisfying.
  • Quick and Easy: Ready in just about 30 minutes, perfect for busy weeknights.
  • Versatile: Can be made with different types of sausage and pasta.

Ingredients For One Pot Kielbasa Pasta

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb smoked kielbasa or turkey/chicken sausage, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1.5 cups diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 8 oz dry pasta (small pasta like penne or rotini)
  • 1/2 cup milk or heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced scallions, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Heat the Oil:
    • Add olive oil to a 4-5 quart sauté pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Cook the Kielbasa and Onions:
    • Fry the smoked kielbasa and onions until the onions are soft and the kielbasa is browned.
  3. Add Garlic:
    • Add the minced garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  4. Add Broth, Tomatoes, and Pasta:
    • Add chicken broth, diced tomatoes (with juice), heavy cream, pasta, salt, and black pepper. Stir to combine.
  5. Simmer:
    • Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the pasta is tender and the sauce has thickened.
  6. Stir in Cheese:
    • Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in 1/2 cup of the shredded Cheddar cheese until melted and creamy.
  7. Top with Cheese:
    • Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese on top. Cover the skillet until the cheese is melted, spotty brown, and bubbly.
  8. Garnish and Serve:
    • Sprinkle with thinly sliced scallions before serving. Enjoy hot!

Notes:

  • Doubling the Recipe: If you’re feeding a larger group or want leftovers, double the recipe. It’s well worth it!
  • Pasta Choice: Use any small pasta like penne, rotini, or farfalle.
  • Extra Veggies: Add bell peppers, mushrooms, or spinach for extra nutrition and flavor.

 

One Pot Kielbasa Pasta

One Pot Kielbasa Pasta

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Variations:

  • Spicy Kick: Add red pepper flakes or use spicy kielbasa for a kick.
  • Different Cheeses: Try mozzarella, Monterey Jack, or Swiss cheese for a different flavor.
  • Vegetarian: Use vegetarian sausage and vegetable broth to make it meat-free.

Equipment:

  • 4-5 quart sauté pan
  • Wooden spoon or spatula
  • Measuring cups and spoons

Storage:

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until warmed through.

What to Serve with This One Pot Kielbasa Pasta?

This One Pot Kielbasa Pasta pairs well with a fresh green salad, garlic bread, or steamed vegetables.

Tips:

  • Even Slicing: Slice the kielbasa and dice the onions evenly for consistent cooking.
  • Simmer Gently: Maintain a gentle simmer to cook the pasta evenly without burning the sauce.
  • Adjust Seasonings: Taste and adjust salt and pepper to your liking before serving.

FAQ:

Q: Can I use a different type of sausage?

A: Yes, you can use any type of smoked sausage or even Italian sausage for a different flavor.

Q: Can I use milk instead of heavy cream?

A: Yes, you can use milk, but the sauce may be slightly less creamy. You can also use half-and-half for a creamier texture.

Q: Can I make this dish ahead of time?

A: Yes, you can make it ahead and reheat it, but the pasta may absorb more sauce and become softer. Add a splash of broth or milk when reheating to loosen the sauce.

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One Pot Kielbasa Pasta

One Pot Kielbasa Pasta

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This One Pot Kielbasa Pasta is sure to be a hit at your dinner table.

Ingredients

  • - 1 tbsp olive oil
  • - 1 lb smoked kielbasa or turkey/chicken sausage, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • - 1.5 cups diced onion
  • - 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • - 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • - 1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • - 8 oz dry pasta (small pasta like penne or rotini)
  • - 1/2 cup milk or heavy cream
  • - 1/2 tsp salt
  • - 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • - 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • - 1/3 cup thinly sliced scallions, for garnish

Instructions

1. Add olive oil to a 4-5 quart sauté pan over medium-high heat.
2. Fry the smoked kielbasa and onions until the onions are soft and the kielbasa is browned.
3. Add the minced garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
4. Add chicken broth, diced tomatoes (with juice), heavy cream, pasta, salt, and black pepper. Stir to combine.
5. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the pasta is tender and the sauce has thickened.
6. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in 1/2 cup of the shredded Cheddar cheese until melted and creamy.
7. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese on top. Cover the skillet until the cheese is melted, spotty brown, and bubbly.
8. Sprinkle with thinly sliced scallions before serving.

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