One pot dishes are my favorite thing right now. I live in a budget-friendly apartment. I like it here. However my kitchen is very tiny. I have a 12 inch sink. A 10 inch toaster oven. 1 working range burner. Virtually no counter space. And the pies de la resistance? Only one outlet that can’t run two appliances at the same time without flipping a breaker.
So one-pot dinners have saved my life when it comes to feeding bigger groups of people healthy, home-cooked, budget friendly meals.
It helps that I like carbs. And cheese. Anything with white carbs and cheese is my friend. I would happily live off of baked ziti and take-out pizza for the rest of my life if I wasn’t afraid it would kill me.
So if you like carbs and cheese this is for you. With added delicious vegetables and the smokey flavour of kielbasa to make it healthy, filling and rich. The pasta will melt and the cheese will ooze and everyone will want more.
Smokey Sausage and Cheddar Pasta
Comfortably feeds four very-hungry teenagers. Costs $1.77/serving if you get organic kielbasa. Which is like $8+ saved compared to eating out!
You will need:
- 1 tbsp bacon grease (or olive oil)
- 1 sweet onion, diced (~1 cup’s worth)
- 3 vine-ripe tomatoes, diced
- 1/2 cup red bell pepper, finely diced or juliened
- 4 four-inch kielbasa links, sliced (~12oz.)
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup of milk
- 16oz. macaroni
- 1/2 tsp salt (more if you use olive oil)
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 2 cups sharp cheddar, shredded
- 1 pinch red pepper flakes
The Delicious Food
In a heavy-bottomed soup pan warm oil over medium high heat. Add onions, tomatoes, bell pepper and kielbasa. Saute until onions are fragrant and translucent. Toss garlic in and saute another minute, stirring frequently so it doesn’t burn.
Reduce heat to medium low. Add chicken broth, milk, pasta and salt. Bring to a low boil.
Reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, depending on how al dente you like it..
Check pasta for desired consistency. If it’s good, stir in cheddar and pepper flakes.
Serve warm and enjoy.