This Kielbasa Pasta is a quick and easy weeknight dinner that you’re going to want to put on repeat.
With hearty pasta, smoky Polish sausage, and an assortment of fresh veggies, it’s a complete meal that gets ready in about 30 minutes!
Pasta is one of our go-to ingredients when we want a quick and easy, yet totally satisfying dinner. From the light and fresh Pasta and Peas, to the rich and decadent Gigi Hadid Pasta, there’s so much you can do with a box of pasta.
This time around we decided to go beyond the typical Italian flavors and give our meal a smoky spin.
Why this Recipe Works
- Flavor Harmony: The kielbasa sausage provides a robust, smoky flavor that pairs beautifully with the sweetness of the bell peppers and the freshness of the basil. The Italian seasoning adds depth, while the crushed red pepper offers a subtle heat, creating a well-rounded taste profile.
- Texture Contrast: The combination of tender pasta, crisp-tender bell peppers, and slightly caramelized sausage offers a delightful variety of textures, making each bite interesting and satisfying.
- Ease of Preparation: This recipe is relatively simple and quick to prepare. Most of the ingredients are cooked in one skillet, which not only makes for easy cooking but also simplifies clean-up. Perfect weeknight dinner option!
- Nutrition Balance: There’s a good balance of carbohydrates from the pasta, proteins from the sausage, and vitamins and minerals from the vegetables. It’s a wholesome meal that covers various nutritional bases.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
- Pasta – You can use any type of pasta, but our preference here is a short tubular shape like penne or rotini. Linguini or fettuccini also work great here.
- Kielbasa Sausage – The star of the show. As it’s already cooked, all it needs is a quick browning to add to the depth of flavor. Be sure to check out our collection of favorite Kielbasa recipes!
- Aromatics – Onion and garlic. For a milder flavor, shallots can be used in place of the onion.
- Bell Peppers – Any color of bell pepper works well in this recipe. Go with a mix for flavor variety. Today we used red and yellow.
- Tomatoes: Fresh tomatoes are ideal, but canned diced tomatoes can also be used.
- Italian Seasoning – If you don’t have Italian seasoning, you can make your own blend using dried basil, oregano, rosemary, and thyme.
- Crushed Red Pepper – This is optional and can be adjusted according to how spicy you like your food. It can also be omitted entirely for those who prefer no heat.
- Chicken Broth – Use any of your preferred brands, or use a substitute like Better than Bouillon.
- Fresh Basil – If fresh basil isn’t available, dried basil can be used, but it should be added during the cooking process rather than as a garnish. As dried is more potent, you would want to use considerably less. Alternately, you could use fresh parsley.
Kielbasa Pasta Recipe
1. Cook the pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta to al dente according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
2. Brown the sausage: While pasta is cooking, brown the sausage on both sides, then remove to a plate.
3. Create the sauce: Sautee the onion for 5 minutes, then add garlic and crushed red pepper for a minute. Add tomato and Italian seasoning. Cook for 4-5 minutes, until tomatoes start to break down. Slowly pour in chicken broth, stirring to deglaze the pan. Add peppers and sausage, and simmer for 5 minutes.
4. Finalize the dish: Toss in cooked pasta along with fresh basil leaves. Serve immediately.
- Add More Protein: Either chicken or shrimp would be a great addition to this dish, complimenting the kielbasa nicely.
- Veggie Boost: Add more veggies for extra bulk and nutrition. Think mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant, spinach or broccoli.
- Make it Creamy: Add in half cup of heavy whipping cream at the end of cooking time. It’s great!
- Cheesy Pasta Bake: After tossing everything together, sprinkle with cheese (like mozzarella and/or parmesan), and bake until bubbly and golden.
Leftovers and Storage
This Polish sausage pasta is great as leftovers for the next few days. Store it in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
Reheat leftovers in the microwave or on stovetop over medium heat, with a splash of water or olive oil if it has dried out.
Tips for the BEST Polish Sausage Pasta
- Quality Ingredients: Start with high-quality kielbasa sausage for the best flavor. Fresh, ripe vegetables also make a significant difference in taste.
- Pasta Perfection: Cook the pasta al dente so it retains some bite. This prevents it from becoming too soft when tossed with the other ingredients.
- Sausage Searing: Brown the kielbasa well in the skillet. This caramelization adds depth to the overall flavor of the dish.
- Watch the Garlic: Be careful not to burn the garlic, as this can introduce a bitter taste.
- Spice It Right: Adjust the crushed red pepper according to your heat preference. Remember, it’s easier to add more spice than to take it away.
- Deglaze Thoroughly: When adding chicken broth, scrape up all the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. These bits are packed with flavor.
- Fresh Herbs Finish: Add fresh basil at the end of cooking to preserve its flavor and vibrant color. Fresh herbs add a burst of freshness that dried herbs can’t match.
Delicious, nutritious, and ready in 30 minutes… that’s our Kielbasa pasta! Grab some Polish sausage on your next trip to the grocery store, and whip up this great dinner in no time.
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- 8oz dried pasta
- 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
- 14oz kielbasa sausage, sliced
- ½ small onion, sliced
- 2 bell peppers, sliced (any colors you prefer)
- 3 large garlic cloves, sliced
- 1 pound fresh tomatoes, diced
- 2 tsp Italian seasoning
- ½ tsp crushed red pepper
- ½ cup chicken broth
- 1 cup fresh basil
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta to al dente according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
- While pasta is cooking, heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and sauté until browned on both sides, about 5 minutes total.
- Add onion and sauté for 5 minutes.
- Add garlic and crushed red pepper, cook for 1 minute.
- Add tomato and Italian seasoning. Cook for 4-5 minutes.
- Slowly pour in chicken broth, stirring to deglaze the pan. Add peppers and sausage, and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Toss in cooked pasta along with fresh basil leaves.
- Serve immediately.
- Leftovers can be refrigerated for 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave or on stovetop over medium heat.
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 531Total Fat 37gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 24gCholesterol 73mgSodium 1177mgCarbohydrates 33gFiber 3gSugar 8gProtein 18g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
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