Kielbasa with Creamy Mustard Pasta

Kielbasa with Creamy Mustard Pasta2Ingredients

8 oz. penne or other short pasta

1 tablespoon cooking oil

14 oz. Kielbasa, sliced in ¼ inch disks

½ cup sliced green onions

¼ cup dry white wine or chicken broth

1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

¼ cup butter

½ cup half and half

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

 

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to packaged directions.
  2. Heat cooking oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the sliced kielbasa and cook until it starts to crisp up on each side.  Remove from the skillet onto a paper towel-lined plate.  Drain the extra grease from the skillet.
  3. Return the skillet to the stove. Add the onions and wine/broth, letting it bubble and loosen the brown bits from the bottom of the skillet.  Add the thyme and stir until the liquid is almost evaporated.
  4. Add the butter. Once it is melted, add the half and half and mustard.  Bring it to a simmer and let it thicken a little before adding the Parmesan cheese.  Stir until the cheese is melted and the mixture coats the back of a spoon.
  5. Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and stir to coat the pasta.
  6. To serve, either mix the kielbasa into the pasta or top each serving of pasta with some sausage

 

Yield:  4-6 servings

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Recipe - Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole2This recipe uses leftover chicken and ham.

Ingredients

1 lb. pasta (penne is suggested; rotini was used in the photo)

1 cup cubed leftover cooked chicken breast

1 cup leftover cooked and cubed ham

1 1/2 cups milk

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

2 tablespoons dried minced onion

2 cups Swiss cheese, shredded

Salt and pepper to taste

A pinch of cayenne pepper

1 cup Panko bread crumbs

1/2 cup butter, melted

 

Directions

1. Cook pasta in salted water until al dente (follow package directions). Drain and return to pot.

2. Add chicken and ham. Toss to combine.

3. Preheat the broiler.

4. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine the milk, cream cheese and minced onion over low-medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until is becomes a smooth sauce (about 15 minutes).

5. Stir the milk mixture into the pasta.

6. Add the Swiss cheese. Stir. Season with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper.

7. Transfer the pasta mixture into a baking dish and top with Panko crumbs.

8. Pour melted butter over the crumbs.

9. Broil until golden brown ( approximately 4 minutes).