Kielbasa Cabbage with Shell Pasta

Kielbasa Cabbage with Shell Pasta

This Kielbasa Cabbage with Shell Pasta is one of my favorite one-bowl meals.  There’s something about a one-bowl meal that makes it feel like comfort food, even if there’s no ooey gooey cheese.  Ha!

I make many one bowl meals.  Maybe because the clean up is almost done before we sit down to eat dinner, but also because I can be creative with the food I already have in my refrigerator and pantry.  I had everything I needed to make this kielbasa cabbage with shell pasta.

Maybe you live close to a grocery store and don’t mind a short trip to the market, but for me, it’s a 20 minute drive.  So I hate having to run to the store for that one item I need for a recipe.  So, I’ve learned to be really creative with what I already have.

A friend of mine opened my pantry once and she found it hysterical that I was so well stocked.  She asked what was I going to do with 5 cans of tomato sauce, 3 cartons of chicken stock, 5 boxes of different kinds of pasta, etc.  I didn’t know why she thought it was so funny because I have always kept my pantry stocked.  I’m ready for almost any recipe I want to make for dinner, and maybe a few quick desserts.

My freezer’s the same.  Our upright freezer was originally bought to store beef from our cows, but I always keep a variety of meat.  So, when I had a head of cabbage I wanted to use up, I checked the freezer and decided kielbasa would be perfect.

Rice would have been really good, but we just had a meal with rice so I chose shell pasta instead.  Now I needed something green.  Not only do I like to cook with color, but I’m a huge fan of veggies and green beans just seemed to be the perfect addition.  Of course, I had green beans in the freezer.  Ha!   So the kielbasa cabbage with shell pasta came together for our dinner.

This recipe freezes well, too.  So, make the entire huge pot and freeze the rest to re-heat on a night that you have little time to put a dinner on the table for your family.  Or, freeze in several smaller containers for individual servings.

Kielbasa Cabbage with Shell Pasta | Recipe

(Serves 8)

Ingredients:

16 oz. box of shell pasta
2 pkg. (2 lbs.) kielbasa
1 stick butter
1 large onion (chopped)
1/2 head cabbage (chopped)
16 oz. frozen green beans
salt and pepper (to taste)

  1. Cook pasta according to instructions on box.  Drain in colander and set aside.
  2. Grill kielbasa.  Let cool slightly then slice into bite size pieces.  (If you prefer not to grill the kielbasa, slice into bite size pieces then brown in a large pot.)
  3. Over a medium to med-low heat, add 1/2 of the butter to a large pot and add chopped onions.
  4. When onions have started to soften, add cabbage to the pot and cook until tender.  About 15 minutes.  Stir occasionally.
  5. Add remaining butter.  When it’s melted, add green beans.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then add pasta.  Heat thoroughly over medium low heat stirring occasionally.
  6. Serve this Kielbasa Cabbage with Shell Pasta in a soup bowl when all ingredients are heated.  Enjoy!

So, I’d love to hear about your pantries.  Do you have many cans or packages of things on your shelves?  Or, so you prefer to buy things as you need them?  Slid down to my comment section and let me know.

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