Kielbasa Pasta Salad

This is one of our family's favorites. I don't know if it's the kielbasa or what, but there are no complaints. I like to eat mine served on a bed of romaine lettuce, though my kids think it ruins the pasta salad that way. We eat it warm, so there's no need to chill. In fact, I think I like it warm better than cold and leftover. I'm thankful it is something I can make without heating up my kitchen too much. It makes a lot so it's good to serve when you've got a large group.  I made it today for a homeschooling year-end celebration. Thanks to Steph Murata for giving me the idea to share it here. Bon appetit! Kielbasa Pasta Salad

16 oz. spiral pasta, cooked and drained

1 link kielbasa, cut into slices and then quartered

¼ cup shredded (not grated) fresh Parmesan (though in a pinch, I’ve used the grated kind—it does have a stronger flavor)


Mix the following three ingredients together:

1 packet dry Italian dressing mix

1 cup mayonnaise

3 Tbsp. cider vinegar

 In a large mixing bowl, combine cooked pasta, kielbasa pieces, shredded Parmesan and dressing. Toss to coat. Serve immediately. Serves 12.

A copy of the recipe in pdf form along with options and ideas on how to use this recipe with your kids can be found here.