Monday, February 7, 2011

Kielbasa and Apple Pasta Casserole…

I haven’t posted a recipe in well over two years, but I did a bit of cooking when I was in the states over the holidays AND took pictures; so here you go. 

You’ll need:
Rigatoni, Olive Oil, Onion, Flour, Milk, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Hot Sauce, Salt, Kielbasa, Apples, and Green Onions. 
Preheat your oven to 350ยบ and spray a 13 X 9 inch pan with cooking spray.  Cook the Rigatoni in a large stock pot until al dente and drain.

While the pasta is cooking, heat oil in a large pot over a medium-high heat.  Add onion and cook until softened. 
Stir in flour and cook 1 minute.  Gradually whisk in the milk and bring to a boil, stirring continuously.  Boil until thickened, about 1 minute and then remove from heat.
Set aside 1 cup of the cheese for the top of the casserole.  Stir the remaining 2 cups of cheese, the hot sauce and salt into the milk mixture until smooth.

Slice the Kielbasa into ¼” pieces…
…and toss together with the Rigatoni, cheese sauce, and apples.  Spoon into 13 X 9 inch pan…
…and cover with foil.  Bake for 30 minutes. 

Uncover and stir.  Sprinkle the remaining cheese and green onions on top and bake an additional 10 minutes, uncovered.
Let stand 10 minutes before serving and enjoy!

Kielbasa and Apple Pasta Casserole

Ingredients:
1 lb. Rigatoni
2 Tab. Olive Oil
1 Large Onion
¼ Cup Flour
4 Cups Milk
3 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese (I prefer extra sharp)
1 Teas. Hot Sauce
1 Teas. Salt
2 Packages Fully-Cooked Kielbasa, sliced into ¼” pieces
3 Apples, cored and cut into ½” cubes
2 Green Onions, thinly sliced

Directions:
Heat oven to 350°.  Coat 13 X 9 inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Cook Rigatoni in a large stock pot until al dente and drain.

While pasta is cooking, heat oil in a large pot over a medium-high heat.  Add onion and cook until softened.  Stir in flour and cook 1 minute.  Gradually whisk in the milk, then bring to a boil, stirring continuously.  Boil until thickened, about 1 minute and then remove from heat.

Set aside 1 cup of the cheese for the top of the casserole.  Stir the remaining 2 cups of cheese, the hot sauce and salt into the milk mixture until smooth.

In the pot you cooked the pasta in, toss together Rigatoni, cheese sauce, Kielbasa and apples.  Spoon into 13 X 9 inch pan and cover with foil.

Bake in oven for 30 minutes.  Uncover and stir.  Sprinkle top with remaining cheese and green onions.  Bake an additional 10 minutes, uncovered.  Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

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6 comments:

Bama Cheryl said...

Wow, Lin, that looks YUMMY! Will have to give it a try now that my husband will eat things like kielbasa again!

Blondefabulous said...

Nice!

LceeL said...

Like #2 son used to say when he saw food he wanted - he'd point and say, "summa dat, pweeeeeeeese."

Life with Kaishon said...

This sounds so delicious. YUM! : ) Maybe I will be brave and try to make it for supper tomorrow!

Coal Miner's Granddaughter said...

Oh, wow. I'm going to have to fix this and try it with whole wheat pasta. Yum!

Nej said...

We have two different prints by that artist in our house. One in the kitchen and one in the dining room!!! :-)

That dish looks marvelous!!!!