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"Kielpasta" (Kielbasa Pasta)

Easy weeknight dinner of sautéed kielbasa and vegetables tossed with penne or farfalle pasta in a light olive oil and garlic sauce
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course, Pasta, Reheats Well
Cuisine American, Italian, Mediterranean
Servings 6
Calories 609 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb dried medium-sized pasta (penne, farfalle/bowtie)
  • 1 lb kielbasa (pre-cooked), sliced into 1/4" thick coins
  • 1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 bell peppers, preferably different colors, sliced
  • 8 oz cremini mushrooms, sliced optional
  • 1 diced zucchini, green or yellow optional
  • 1.5 Tbsp garlic, freshly minced (3-4 large cloves)
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil more to taste
  • 2 Tbsp freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh oregano (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh basil optional
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Turn large pot of water on high to boil. Once boiling, salt water and add pasta. Cook according to package directions and drain, reserving 1/2c pasta water. 
  • Turn large sauté pan to medium heat. Once hot, drizzle 1 T olive oil in pan. Wait 30 seconds and add sliced kielbasa. Sauté until nice color is achieved. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • Drizzle 1 T olive oil in pan. Wait 30 seconds and add sliced onion. Sauté while stirring occasionally for approximately one minute. Add sliced bell peppers along with a pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper. Sauté for two minutes and push onions and peppers towards edges of pan. Add mushrooms if using. Sauté until slightly tender, approximately five minutes. Add zucchini if using and salt again to taste. Saute three minutes or until zucchini are tender. 
  • Add kielbasa back to pan with sautéed vegetables. Turn heat down to low. Add garlic and herbs, stir for 30 seconds. Taste and season again. 
  • Add 1/4 c pasta water to sauté pan, more if needed. Stir. Add cooked, drained noodles to pan and mix ingredients well. Top with freshly grated parmesan cheese, taste one more time, and serve.

Notes

This dish requires approximately 30 min of active cooking time, between prep and adding/stirring ingredients. It keeps well in the refrigerator or freezer and reheats beautifully. 
Keyword dinner, farfalle, kielbasa, kielpasta, light, onions, pasta, penne, peppers