Once a week. That’s how many times we requested for mom to make this dish as kids. I took her recipe with me when I left the house. I make it for guest all the time. Jeremy won’t let me make it when it’s just us around, or he’ll eat the entire dish. It’s a “man thing”, he says. This was the very first meal I cooked for Jeremy. I’m pretty sure it was on the night he said “I love you”. Maybe it was the pasta or maybe it was me? I’ll never know…and he’ll never tell.
This recipe is also simple and inexpensive to make. I won’t tell you it’s healthy, because it’s absolutely not. You can make a healthy version easily with ingredient swaps, but this is a “treat yo self” kind of meal. It’s been approved by friends, guest, boyfriends, dads, kids, and dogs. You won’t have many leftovers, as it is hard not to go back for seconds. Fixing this dish is a great way to trick people into thinking you are a great cook. Before I learned how to cook, I used this recipe as my cover and it worked! 😉
- 2 Large Bell Peppers (Washed & cut into strips)
- 1 Large Vidalia Onion (Washed & cut into strips)
- 1 Box Penne Rigate Noodles
- Jar 25.5 + Oz Garlic Roasted Spaghetti Sauce (I use Muir Glen)
- Package Mozzarella Cheese
- 2 Cups of Sliced Polska Kielbasa
- 1 Cup Shredded (Not Grated) Parmesan Cheese
- Tbsp Dried Basil
- 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Boil noodles and drain water.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a frying pan cook kielbasa in olive oil over medium-high heat.
- When the kielbasa starts to brown, remove from the pan and do not clean.
- Add peppers and onions to the frying pan, saute them in the same oil used for the kielbasa. This will give the vegetables the perfect flavor.
- Mix spaghetti sauce, sauteed onions, peppers, kielbasa, and Parmesan cheese with the boiled noodles.
- Spray a large oven-safe dish with organic cooking spray and add the pasta.
- Sprinkle basil on top.
- Top the pasta dish with the bag of mozzarella cheese.
- Bake until the cheese is fully melted and slightly browned.
Serve with garlic bread & Ceasar salad!