Vegetable Pasta with Turkey Kielbasa

Vegetable Pasta with Turkey Kielbasa

Simple and satisfying.

That is the perfect explanation for this dish.  Truly, it could be even simpler, because the pasta in this dish is superfluous.  Savory sausage, juicy brussel sprouts, crunchy carrots, soft beans…it really is enough.  However, if you love pasta, you can add it if you must.

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The only other thing I would change about this recipe, is that I would have cut the kielbasa into smaller pieces.  The larger pieces look nice, but I think smaller pieces would have spread throughout the dish a little more evenly.  Otherwise, I would not change a thing!

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The Recipe

Ingredients

1 c whole wheat penne, dry

1 Tbsp olive oil

dash garlic powder*

1 c great northern beans

6 oz frozen brussel sprouts, cut in half

1/2 c carrot, julienned

1/2 pkg turkey kielbasa

Servings: 4-5

Prepare the pasta according to package directions.  When the pasta is ready, drain and toss with the olive oil and garlic powder*.  Set aside.  While the pasta is cooking, slice the kielbasa diagonally into pieces and add to a skillet over medium heat.  Also add the carrot and brussel sprouts.  Cook until the brussel sprouts are heated through, and the sausage and carrots are beginning to brown.  Lower the heat to medium-low and add the beans and pasta.  Continue to cook until everything is heated through.  Serve and enjoy!

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*It depends on the type of kielbasa you use, whether you should add this garlic or not.  Some kielbasa are strongly flavoured, but mine was not.

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13 thoughts on “Vegetable Pasta with Turkey Kielbasa

  1. You could pack this one chilled in your lunch box 🙂 Always good to have other uses for kielbasa–especially something that celebrates it’s flavor, but isn’t too heavy.

    1. I almost did, except that I already had my lunch for the next day packed. By the time the next day came around, this dish was all gone. Yes, I have mixed feelings about kielbasa….it can be sooo good, and it can be sooo overwhelming.

    1. Thanks! For some reason, even though I love carbs in virtually every form (bread, crackers, etc) I am not a big fan of pasta. It’s ok. It is easy to cook with, so I do add it to a fair number of dishes.

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