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This is especially good to make when apples are in season and at the peak of their flavor, and it features a favorite food pairing: sweet-tart apples with cheddar cheese.
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- nonstick cooking spray
- 8 ounces dried rigatoni pasta or 8 ounces penne pasta
- 2 cups milk (not fat-free)
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup shredded cheese (4 ounces)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon bottled hot pepper sauce
- 3 medium fuji or jonathan apples, cored and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (you want a fine-grained apple in order to avoid the apples getting too mushy when cooked)
- 8 ounces cooked kielbasa, halved lengthwise and sliced 1/4-inch thick
- 1 medium green onion, thinly sliced
- 1Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 2-quart baking dish or casserole with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
- 2Cook pasta according to package directions in a large saucepan. Drain and return to saucepan; set aside.
- 3Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan whisk together milk and flour. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 1 minute more. Remove from heat. Stir 1/2 cup of cheese, salt and hot pepper sauce into the milk mixture until smooth.
- 4In the large saucepan toss together the cooked pasta, apples, kielbasa and cheese sauce. Transfer to prepared baking dish; cover with foil.
- 5Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Uncover and carefully stir pasta mixture. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and the green onion. Bake 10-15 minuted more or until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbly. Remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
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Nutritional Facts for Kielbasa and Apple Pasta Bake
Serving Size: 1 (409 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 651.1
- Calories from Fat 266
- Total Fat 29.6 g
- Saturated Fat 13.0 g
- Cholesterol 120.3 mg
- Sodium 1164.1 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 72.2 g
- Dietary Fiber 5.3 g
- Sugars 16.2 g
- Protein 25.3 g