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Kielbasa and Peppers

Written By: Chris - Oct• 01•15

Kiełbasa is one of those items that I go in spurts of preparing, but when I do – I wonder why I don’t make it more often!  It’s a type of Central European sausage, which is also called Polish sausage.  It can be bought in most major grocery store chains and is either unsmoked (“fresh”) or fully or partly smoked.  I picked some up when our local CUB had it on special recently.  I prefer the “Eckrich” brand that is smoked naturally with hardwood and crafted with just the right blend of spices for a truly rich, savory taste.  I have prepared it on on the grill before, but recently came up with this colorful and really flavorful dish based on ingredients that I had on hand.  It was wonderful!   

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Ingredients: 

1 Onion, sliced
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Kielbasa
1 1/2 Red Bell Pepper, sliced
1/2 Orange Bell Pepper, sliced
2 Jalapeno Peppers, sliced small
2 Garlic Cloves, pressed
2 Cups Fresh Spinach and Arugula blend
1/2 Cup Basil
1 Cup Grape Tomatoes
3/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese, shredded
1 Cup Fresh Mozzarella, cubed
Salt and Pepper, to taste
Angle Hair Pasta (I used homemade that was dried, but any of your favorite pasta will work)

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While you caramelize the onion in a little olive oil, chop the peppers and slice the sausage.

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Add the Kielbasa slices to the onions and heat over medium high heat to brown somewhat.

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Add the sliced peppers, toss and cover to cook until slightly soft.

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Chop the spinach and basil and halve the tomatoes before adding them to the other sauteed ingredients.

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Meanwhile, cook pasta until al dente.

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Add the spinach and tomatoes to the sausage pepper mixture and cover to wilt it for about three to five minutes.

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Cube the fresh cheese and add a drizzle of olive oil to the bowl for tossing.  Combine the cooked pasta with all of the ingredients with the cheese and season with salt and pepper.

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Toss with the cheese.  The heat will melt it somewhat, making it soft and delicious!

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We paired this meal with a wonderful MTGA Merlot, which is made by the son of a friend of ours; who are both wine makers in the Conn Valley area of Napa.

Enjoy!
Cheers!!
~Chris

 

 

 

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