This is certainly a far cry from any of my Vegan recipes I’ve shared, it’s full of yummy dairy & a little turkey kielbasa on the side. It is gluten-free & nut-free. This is definitely not a diet recipe, break out the sweatpants! I was really in the mood for something warm, filling & comforting! It’s Winter here & boy is it Winter here!! It’s cold, we’ve had a good amount of snow & to be honest I’m ready for Spring. I needed a meal that would feel like a warm blanket in front of the wood stove. So, here it is:
Ingredients: (Cheese sauce)
1 Cup finely shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
4 Tbsp. Organic unsalted butter
1 Tbsp. chopped Organic Cilantro
5-10 finely chopped organic cherry tomatoes (sneaking veggies into the kids, the blended so perfectly into the cheese)
2 Tbsp. Heavy whipping cream
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
dash of garlic sea salt
-Gluten-Free Pasta of choice
1 lb. turkey kielbasa
3 minced cloves of organic garlic
1 heaping Tbsp. brown sugar
3 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. fresh organic rosemary
4 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
First start your cheese sauce, throw sauce ingredients into a small sauce pan & cook slowly to melt everything down & get it creamy smooth. Set that to the side, you’ll warm it briefly once everything else is ready.
Boil your water for pasta & at same time start warming your saute pan for the kielbasa. Chop kielbasa into fairly small pieces, as you’ll be mixing this into the mac n’ cheese once it’s done.
I sprayed my pan for the kielbasa with a touch of cooking spray, then put in the kielbasa, the Dijon, the brown sugar, garlic, paprika & rosemary.
Once the pasta is ready, your kielbasa should be ready as well, drain pasta, set aside for just a moment, put the cheese back on the stove just to warm quickly, then pour over pasta. Add kielbasa to Cheesy pasta, only if desired. My boys did NOT want the kielbasa, but hubs & I loved it & enjoyed every single fragrant bite.
As always; Cook, Eat, Enjoy & Share!