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Feeding my kids isn’t always easy. I could say they aren’t picky about what they eat, but I’d totally be lying. One meal that has always been a hit with them however, is polska kielbasa from Hillshire Farm. We typically keep things simple and just heat it over the stove and dip in some ketchup. But when I was asked to make something with their smoked sausage, a very similar product, I thought it would be fun to change things up a bit. This Smoked Sausage Penne Pasta is a simple meal loaded with a flavor that isn’t too spicy for the kids. I love all the fresh vegetables!
Virtually any fresh vegetables would taste great in this dish including broccoli, cherry tomatoes or even asparagus. I went with sweet peppers, red onion and mushrooms. Feel free to change up the vegetables to suit your own tastes.
- 3 cups uncooked penne pasta pasta
- 14 oz package Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage, cut into ½-inch slices
- 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
- 1½ cups sliced red onion
- 2 large sweet bell peppers (red, yellow or orange) cut into strips
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 5 teaspoons minced fresh basil or 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
- ¼ cup fresh parmesean cheese
- Cook penne past according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat.
- Saute sausage, mushrooms, onion, peppers and garlic and until vegetables are tender.
- Drain pasta and add to the sausage mixture.
- Add basil, salt and pepper. Gently toss and heat through.
- Sprinkle with fresh parmesan .
- Serve immediately.
If you are looking for a recipe that you can get on the table in under 30 minutes, this is smoked sausage with penne pasta is a great option. It is filling but not heavy, flavorful but not spicy. The smoked sausage makes for a great family meal is a nice alternative to chicken.
If you are looking to lighten this recipe up, consider using a substitute product from Hillshire Farm made with turkey, such as turkey kielbasa and use a whole grain pasta. You can also cut the olive oil and parmesean cheese amounts in half.
If you want more dinner time inspiration, check out the Sausage So Simple tumbler page from Hillshire Farm where you’ll find great recipe ideas and chef tips!