Quick Kielbasa and Peas Pasta

I have completely fallen off the blogging map. I’d like to say that I really don’t have time for this anymore, but to be honest, I could be taken the time to write more. See, when I had to change jobs recently, it opened up a ton of free time for me. That time, however, has been put to use advancing Andy and my company and spending more time with Andy to strengthen our relationship. That should be a good thing, right?

Well, it is, and it isn’t. You see, I love writing. I’ve been carrying notebooks around with me lately just to jot thing down. And I haven’t been taking good care of us for dinner lately with all this new business stuff taking over our lives. Andy and I have been so consumed that I’ve given in to those frozen quick meals. Not a great alternative when fresh food is available. But when you know you have a case of candles to make, wooden signs to paint, and wooden teethers to cut and sand, time is precious.

So on Saturday, we sat down and actually made a grocery list and then planned out our dinners for the week. We haven’t done that in months! Monday was tacos, but last night I made this pasta dish with kielbasa and peas. I didn’t make the sauce from scratch, but I did take the time to revive the Prego sauce I bought. Baby steps, folks, baby steps.

Quick Kielbasa and Peas Pasta

1 link of Kielbasa, cut into 1/2″ slices
1 cup of frozen peas
1 jar of Prego Roasted Garlic Parmesan
Fresh ground pepper
Cayenne pepper
Sea salt
1/2 pound of linguini, cooked and drained
Olive oil
Fresh grated Parmesan, optional

In a large sauce pan, add 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil to the pan. Heat on medium. When pan is warm, add kielbasa. Saute until meat is browned, stirring occassionally. Add 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne to meat, stir to combine. Cook for another 2 minutes.

Add Prego, 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt, 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper, and frozen peas to the pan. Continue stirring to combine. Cook until peas have thawed, about 8-10 minutes.

In a large bowl, add cooked pasta and sauce mixture. Combine everything until pasta is completely coated. Top with freshly grated Parmesan if desired. Serve and enjoy.

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