Kielbasa & Peppers with Ziti

Prep: 5 minutes; Cook: 15 minutes; Serves: 4

1/2 box ziti pasta
2 tablespoons salt for the pasta water (optional)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 14-oz. package Polska Kielbasa
1 green bell pepper, chunky diced
1 medium onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon dried parsley
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup pasta water

Add the olive oil to a large skillet and preheat it over medium-high heat. Set a large pot of salted water to boil - then add the ziti and cook until it's just al dente, about 9 minutes. 

While the pasta's cooking, add the kielbasa link to the preheated skillet and brown it for 3 minutes on both sides. Remove it from the skillet and slice it into bite sized chunks. Reduce the skillet heat slightly and add the peppers, onions and garlic - sauteing until the onions get translucent, about 5 minutes.

Add the cooked ziti and the kielbasa into the skillet, along with the Parmesan, parsley and pasta water. Toss to combine, and continue cooking for another minute or two.

Serve with a warm loaf of crusty Italian bread.
(a)Musing Foodie / January 2012