I love kielbasa! I prefer it over sausage and try to incorporate into my recipes when I can. This Skillet Kielbasa Mac and Cheese Penne is a spin off of my Spicy Kielbasa Pasta, it’s a great option if you don’t want the extra spice. This is perfectly creamy and the Panko breadcrumbs give just the right amount of crunch! If you prefer sausage or that’s the only thing you have, you can absolutely substitute that for the kielbasa. The great thing about this is that it’s one pan and low prep so you can get it on the table quickly and clean up will be a breeze!
1 kielbasa link, cut into slices
3 cups water
1 lb uncooked penne
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 cup whole milk
3 cups shredded cheddar
1) In a cast iron skillet, brown kielbasa over medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
2) In the same skillet, add water and bring to a boil. Add pasta, cover, lower to medium heat and cook for 10 minutes while pasta cooks, stirring frequently.
3) In small bowl, whisk milk and cornstarch. Gradually add to pasta, mix and cook till thickened, about 2 minutes.
4) Remove from heat and add cheese and kielbasa. Stir until well blended. Sprinkle the top with Panko and serve.