$5 Dinner: Cheesy Pasta with Kielbasa

I still had some Kielbasa left from a previous week’s sale, so I decided to try a new dish tonight. Here is my rendition of Cheesy Pasta with Kielbasa:


1 16 oz. package pasta of your choice

1 lb. Kielbasa

1/2 c. chopped onion

1/2 c. zucchini (or veggie of your choice)

1/2 c. frozen peas

1/2 c. sliced mushroom (fresh or canned)

1 T. oil (preferably olive oil)

1/2 t. red pepper flakes

2 cans diced tomatoes

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 t. chopped fresh basil or 1 t. dried basil

Salt and pepper to taste

1.5 cups milk

1 T. cornstarch

1 c. sharp cheddar cheese

Parmesan cheese (for topping)



Cook pasta according to package directions.

Heat oil in a large skillet. Add Kielbasa, onion, zucchini, frozen peas, mushrooms, red pepper flakes, diced tomatoes, garlic, and basil. Heat through.

Mix cornstarch with milk; stir until well blended.

Slowly add milk to Kielbasa mixture and heat until boiling. Lower heat and simmer 5 minutes.

Add cheese and stir until melted.

Top with Parmesan cheese and serve!

(My three year old helped make the biscuits: he had fun cutting them into animal shapes.)

This meal cost me less than $5, thanks to sales and coupons.


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