Kielbasa and Apple Pasta Bake

Recipe by TasteTester


  • 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)
  • 12
    teaspoon salt
  • 12
    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


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 2-quart baking dish or casserole with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions in a large saucepan. Drain and return to saucepan; set aside.
  • Meanwhile, 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.
  • In the large saucepan toss together the cooked pasta, apples, kielbasa and cheese sauce. Transfer to prepared baking dish; cover with foil.
  • Bake 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.