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30 Minute Cheesy Kielbasa Pasta

This recipe for Cheesy Kielbasa Pasta features delicious smoked sausage, tender rigatoni noodles, and a savory cheese sauce. It’s done in 30 minutes in one pan so you can get dinner on the table in no time!

Cheesy kielbasa pasta in black skillet with wooden spoon and bowls of pasta surounding.

When 5 o’clock rolls around sometimes the last thing I want to do is spend an hour in the kitchen cooking over a hot stove.

It’s nights like these that I’m especially grateful for quick and easy dinners!

Like this cheesy kielbasa pasta dish.

This recipe works because it’s:

  • A one-pan meal. You’ll only need a large skillet to make the entire dish.
  • Done in under 30 minutes!
  • Great for any taste buds. The mild taste of the sausage and the extra cheesiness on the pasta will please even the pickiest of palates.
  • Just a few ingredients. Only 8 to be exact.
  • So easy to make. Let your kids help brown the kielbasa, add the pasta, and sprinkle the cheese.

This recipe was adapted from Inspirational Momma.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Kielbasa pasta ingredients including shredded cheese, milk, broth and sausage on white table.

SLICE 16 ounces of kielbasa sausage into even-sized circles.

SPRAY a large skillet with cooking spray and cook kielbasa and 1 tablespoon of onion powder over medium until the sausage is lightly browned.

Browned kielbasa in black speckled skillet with bowls of cheese and uncooked noodles surrounding.

ADD 1 (14 ounce) can of chicken broth (about 2 cups) and 8 ounces of uncooked rigatoni pasta to the skillet and stir to combine.

BRING the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium.

CAREFULLY remove a few tablespoons of the warm broth from the pan and slowly whisk them into 1/2 cup of milk. When the milk is warm, add it to the skillet.

Uncooked rigatoni noodles, cooked kielbasa sausage, and broth in large black skillet.

SIMMER the mixture for about 15 minutes or until pasta is thoroughly cooked. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

REDUCE the heat to low and stir in 1 cup of shredded Colby jack cheese until melted. Sprinkle an additional 1/2 cup of cheese on top.

Shredded cheese on top of steamy kielbasa pasta in skillet with wooden spoon.

Recipe Tips and Substitutions

Two white bowls filled with kielbasa pasta next to gold utensils, skillet, and towel.

There are several substitutions you can make to this recipe to suit your personal tastes/what you have on hand:

  • Switch out the kielbasa for a turkey sausage, andouille, or a hot smoked sausage.
  • Try one of these chicken broth substitutes.
  • Use any type of medium-length pasta like rotini or penne.
  • Add some extra creaminess by using half and half instead of the milk.
  • Any shredded cheese will do like cheddar or a Mexican blend.

The mixture will combine best if you use a full-fat milk like whole milk. The less fat you have in the milk, the more likely it is to curdle in the pan. And don’t forget the step to temper the milk to help avoid curdling too.

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Kielbasa rigatoni pasta with melted cheese in large skillet surrounding by stack of plates and towel.

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FAQs

I followed the directions but the pasta isn’t getting soft. What did I do wrong?

Here are some things to check next time you make the recipe:

-Between the milk and the chicken broth, you’ll need 2 1/2 cups of liquid. This amount ensures all of the pasta is covered and can cook properly.
-You’ll only want to use 8 ounces of pasta, which is usually half a box. -The pasta needs to cook for at least 15 minutes to soften. It may take longer depending on your stove and pan.

If you follow all of those directions and the pasta still isn’t softening, it’s fine to add a little more liquid (water or broth) and let it simmer until the pasta is the doneness you like.

I hope your family loves this cheesy kielbasa pasta recipe! If you make it, be sure to take a picture and tag me on Instagram with @ashcroftfamilytable and use the hashtag #ashcroftfamilytable!

 

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Pan full of kielbasa and noodles.

30 Minute Cheesy Kielbasa Pasta

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This recipe for Cheesy Kielbasa Pasta features delicious smoked sausage, tender rigatoni noodles, and a savory cheese sauce. It's done in 30 minutes in one pan so you can get dinner on the table in no time!

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces kielbasa sausage
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 (14 ounce) can chicken broth (about 2 cups)
  • 8 ounces uncooked rigatoni pasta
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1½ cups shredded Colby jack cheese, divided

Instructions

  1. Slice kielbasa sausage into even sized circles.
  2. Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and cook kielbasa and onion powder over medium heat until the sausage is lightly browned.
  3. Add chicken broth and uncooked rigatoni pasta to the skillet and stir to combine.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium.
  5. Carefully remove a few tablespoons of the warm broth from the pan and slow whisk into the milk. When the milk is warm, add it to the skillet.
  6. Simmer the mixture for about 15 minutes or until pasta is thoroughly cooked. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Reduce the heat to low and stir in 1 cup of the shredded cheese until melted. Sprinkle an additional 1/2 cup of cheese on top.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 472Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 1188mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 21g
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Lindsay

Wednesday 15th of September 2021

My picky 6 year old recently discovered she LOVES keilbasa after trying it at CostCo. I found this recipe and made it tonight and WOW. All 4 of us cleaned our plates and the 6 year old AND the 8 year old both agreed that it was the yummiest! Thank you for a great recipe that will be in regular rotation in my house!

Jessica Ashcroft

Thursday 16th of September 2021

That makes me so happy Lindsay! So glad your kiddos loved it!

Michelle

Monday 6th of September 2021

Pasta not softening

Jessica Ashcroft

Tuesday 7th of September 2021

Hi Michelle,

I'm sorry that happened! Here are some things to check next time you make the recipe:

-Between the milk and the chicken broth, you'll need 2 1/2 cups of liquid. This amount ensures all of the pasta is covered. -You'll only want to use 8 ounces of pasta, which is usually half a box. -The pasta needs to cook for at least 15 minutes to soften.

If you follow all of those directions and the pasta still isn't softening, it's fine to add a little more liquid (water or broth) and let it simmer until the pasta is the doneness you like.

Hope that helps!

Michelle

Monday 6th of September 2021

Followed directions but pasta not something up

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