I came up with this recipe for Turkey Kielbasa with Bell Peppers, Onions and Penne Pasta several years ago and it’s been a family favorite ever since. You only need a few ingredients and the key is to crisp up the sausage casings. It’s unbelievable how much flavor this extra small step adds.
I start with some turkey kielbasa sausage. I love the flavor of kielbasa and I don’t miss anything when I use the turkey variety, so that’s always my first choice.
I slice the kielbasa on an angle and then heat up a little bit of olive oil in a deep skillet and crisp up both sides of the sausage casings. The bits of flavor left in the bottom of the pan add a lot of flavor to the veggies and sauce and the flavor of the kielbasa is highlighted when you brown the casings. Trust me, you don’t want to skip this step!
I take the kielbasa out of the pan and drain it on a paper towel to remove the excess oil. Then, I place chopped green bell pepper, red bell pepper, yellow onion and some garlic into the pan and sauté until softened. I add some dried Italian seasoning toward the end as well as some salt & pepper for extra flavor.
For the sauce, I just add some white wine, chicken stock and a little bit of extra olive oil. Super simple! When the sauce is combined, I add the sausage back into the pan as well as the cooked pasta. To top everything off, I finish the dish off with some fresh parsley and 3 cheese blend.
This is a highly requested dish in the family and it’s well-balanced, simple and the ingredients are very inexpensive. I hope you will give it a try! If you make it at home, be sure to tag #ketchumkitchen so that I can see your creation.