Penne with Vegetables and Kielbasa

Quickly sauté frozen sugar snap peas, toss with cooked penne pasta, then blend with a cheesy cream sauce studded with sausage.

  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 0 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

6
oz. (2 cups) uncooked penne (tube-shaped pasta)
1
medium red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
1
small onion, cut into thin wedges
1
(9-oz.) pkg. Green Giant™ Frozen Sugar Snap Peas
1/2
lb. smoked turkey kielbasa, sliced
1/2
cup milk
8
oz. pasteurized prepared cheese product (from 16-oz. box), cubed
  • 1 Cook penne as directed on package. Drain; cover to keep warm.
  • 2 Meanwhile, heat 12-inch nonstick skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat until hot. Add bell pepper, onion and sugar snap peas; cook 4 to 5 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender, stirring frequently. Drain, if necessary.
  • 3 Reduce heat to medium. Add kielbasa, milk and cheese to vegetables. Cook over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes or until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth, stirring constantly.
  • 4 Add cooked penne; stir gently to coat. Cook 1 to 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally.

Expert Tips

Kielbasa, also called Polish sausage, is smoked pork sausage. The ring or links are about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. This recipe calls for turkey kielbasa, smoked turkey sausage which contains about 2/3 less fat than regular smoked sausage.

Substitute 2 cups of fresh sugar snap peas for the frozen sugar snap peas.

Use smoked all-vegetable protein sausage instead of the turkey kielbasa.

Use Mexican-flavored cheese product instead of the regular cheese product.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 1/2 Cups
Calories
470
(
Calories from Fat
170),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
19g
19%
(Saturated Fat
10g,
10%
),
Cholesterol
75mg
75%;
Sodium
1600mg
1600%;
Total Carbohydrate
48g
48%
(Dietary Fiber
4g
4%
  Sugars
13g
13%
),
Protein
27g
27%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
52%;
Vitamin C
70%;
Calcium
34%;
Iron
18%;
Exchanges:
3 Starch; 1 Vegetable; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.