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Tuesday, October 01 2013

cheddar cheese and cubed apple complement the spicy kielbasa in this saucy casserole recipe.



Kielbasa and Apple Pasta Bake
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Servings: 8
Prep Time: 25 mins
  • 1    pound   rigatoni
  • 2    tablespoons   olive oil
  • 1    large  onion, sliced
  • 1/4   cup   all-purpose flour
  • 1      quart milk
  • 1      block (10 ounces) extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (3 cups)
  • 1    teaspoon   hot-pepper sauce
  • 1    teaspoon   salt
  • 1    package  fully-cooked kielbasa (14 ounces), sliced into 1/4-inch-thick coins
  • 3      Fuji apples, cored and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2      scallions, thinly sliced
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat oval 10-cup baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
In large deep pot of lightly salted boiling water, cook rigatoni until al dente, firm but tender, following package directions. Drain.
Meanwhile, in large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in flour; cook 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk. Bring to boiling, stirring continuously; boil until thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from heat.
Set aside 1 cup cheese for topping the casserole. Stir the remaining 2 cups of cheese, the hot-pepper sauce and salt into milk mixture until smooth.
In pasta cooking pot, toss together pasta, cheese sauce, kielbasa and apples. Spoon into prepared baking dish, mounding slightly. Cover.
Bake in 350 degree oven, covered, for 30 minutes. Uncover. Stir rigatoni mixture. Sprinkle top with reserved cheese and the scallions. Bake until cheese is melted, about 10 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Makes 8 servings.

nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 485, Fat, total (g) 20, chol. (mg) 54, sat. fat (g) 11, carb. (g) 56, fiber (g) 4, pro. (g) 20, sodium (mg) 5
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