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.
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!
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
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!
*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.