Kielbasa pasta with a mustard cream sauce is a comforting and hearty dinner. Sausage and mustard is a classic combination, and when you turn it into a cozy pasta dish, you get the familiar flavors served up in a new way.
This kielbasa pasta is definitely a once-in-a-while recipe, best served on a cold winter’s day when only something hearty and rich will do. It’s a recipe for mustard fans, otherwise known as those who like a heavy dose of tangy sharp Dijon. In this case, it’s offset by cream that turns it into a silky smooth mustard cream sauce that coats the pasta and complements the kielbasa.
How to Make It
Thanks to easy prep, you’ll have this pasta ready to serve in about 30 minutes. While the pasta cooks, sear the sausage and then make the sauce in the same pan. The flavor left by the sausage infuses the mustard sauce taking it to a delicious flavor level.
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Kielbasa with Creamy Mustard Pasta
Kielbasa and mustard is a classic combo and here I’ve turned into a cozy pasta dinner.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Saute
- Cuisine: American
- 8 ounces penne or other short pasta
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 14 ounces kielbasa, sliced
- ½ medium red onion, sliced thin
- ¼ cup dry white wine
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
- ¼ cup butter
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard (see note)
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta according to package directions.
- Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the sliced kielbasa and cook it until it starts to brown and crisp on each side, approximately a couple of minutes on each side. Remove the it from the pan.
- In the same pan, add the onions. Add the wine and, as it bubbles, scrape up the browned bits off the bottom of the pan. Add the thyme and stir it until the wine has mostly evaporated.
- Add the butter, and once it’s melted, add the cream and mustard and stir. Bring it to a low simmer for a few minutes or until it thickens. Add the Parmesan cheese and stir until the cheese is melted and the sauce coats the back of a spoon.
- Add the cooked pasta to the mustard cream sauce and stir to combine. To serve, either mix the sausage into the pasta or top each serving of pasta with some sausage.
Dijon has a bite and a little goes a long way for me, but if you would like it extra zingy consider increasing the mustard by a teaspoon or so.
- Calories: 650
- Sugar: 2.7g
- Sodium: 1285.5mg
- Fat: 40.5g
- Saturated Fat: 18.4g
- Unsaturated Fat: 3.8g
- Trans Fat: 0.2g
- Carbohydrates: 48.4g
- Fiber: 2.2g
- Protein: 23.3g
- Cholesterol: 120.5mg
Keywords: kielbasa recipe, kielbasa pasta
The nutrition is an estimate only. It was calculated using Nutrifox, an online nutrition calculator.
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- Pasta: You can use a different pasta shape for this recipe. I like penne (and usually have it on hand), but use what you have. Other short pasta shapes will work, or try it with spaghetti, linguine, or fettuccine.
- Onion: I like red onion, but white or yellow onion will work, too.
- Wine: The wine adds acidity (the alcohol cooks off), but you can use chicken stock, vegetable broth, or even water in its place.
- Fresh thyme: If you don’t have any fresh herbs, you can sub 1/2 teaspoon of dried herbs. Or, you can use fresh chopped parsley.
- Dijon: Any bold mustard will work well. Grainy brown mustard would work really well. Also, if you really love mustard, you might want to increase the amount in the recipe, as some other readers have mentioned in the comments.
This pasta is pretty rich, so a little goes a long way. Add some crusty bread and a crisp, lightly dressed green salad on the side to make it a special meal.
I think it’s best when it’s made while the sauce is creamy and velvety. That said, leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for several days. Just keep in mind the sauce won’t be as creamy when you reheat it.
I don’t recommend freezing the leftovers – the sauce will not hold up well.
This kielbasa with creamy mustard pasta is a delicious way to make a chilly, cold day a little cozier. I hope you love it ❤
Want more cozy dinner ideas? Check out my Comfort Food Recipes collection for more inspiration.
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This kielbasa pasta post has been updated from the archives. It was first published in January 2017.