Kielbasa Pesto Pasta with veggies by : Kristin B.

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 I've been going through recipes lately trying to come up with new ideas. I always try make the meal by the recipe the first time so that I can determine my true thoughts on it. But the next time I make it I usually end up making some changes.  About the only thing I do not keep in any recipe is onions, while I love them my husband cannot eat them. But if you enjoy them by all means add them.

  It's funny how after awhile you feel like your eating the same meals day in and day out. My goal is to share some of the meals we have so that others can change up their routine too. One thing with most anything I cook is that almost all my recipes are budget friendly, and don't require much time to prepare. While I love cooking with three kids I don't have huge amounts of time to spend in the kitchen. I work hard to come up with meals my family enjoys that are within my budget.
   So this next is one is new I just made  it a few days ago, it's also quick. Cooking time is 30 min or less. Now I have never made pesto this way before, and I was super happy with it! I made it a few hours before I was planning to cooking dinner so it could set in the fridge. Since I used dry herbs I wanted them to have time to reconstitute in the Olive oil. Obviously based on your family size you can adjust amounts.


The first part is how to make Pesto. You can use fresh herbs I just didn't have any. I don't have a food processor or blender but you could certainly use those. I have a magic bullet which worked fine.

3 teaspoon dried basil
1- 1 1/2 spoonful chopped garlic (I buy chopped garlic in the jar and keep in fridge)
2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3-4 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
Handful or two of fresh spinach
Olive oil (I used extra virgin olive oil)

First put all dried herbs in and blend they will become a fine powder. Next add garlic, fresh spinach, and Parmesan blend together. Add a few drizzles of oil and blend. Continue to add oil until you reach the desired consistency. I made more of a paste. This is something you can adjust amounts based on your personal tastes. I added spinach because I had some left but you could leave it out.
Here's a picture of how it looked.







       Kielbasa Pesto Pasta with veggies

2 packages polish kielbasa sliced
1 lg bag pasta of your choice(or two small bags)
Pesto sauce (homemade or store bought)
Frozen broccoli & cauliflower

 1. Place sliced kielbasa in frying pan and cook until browned. The pan will darken as it browns, you can add a little water to the pan it will give them a blackened look. I drained grease off a couple times and added just a touch of water a couple times until it was to my liking.




2. While cooking meat boil water for pasta and cook as directed on package.
3. Cook frozen veggies. (I use a microwave steamer)
4. Drain pasta put back in pan, add browned kielbasa and stir. Add pesto a spoonful at a time and mix together until evenly coated. Add as little or as much as you like.




Dinner is done. Serve with veggies on the side or mix them in. This could easily be a one pot meal.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did. :)
Here's a picture of the finished meal. I forgot to include veggies in picture but kept them on the side.




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