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Polish Pasta Casserole Recipe

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Bring a taste of Eastern Europe to your dinner table with this hearty and comforting Polish Pasta Casserole. Featuring smoked Polish sausage, tangy sauerkraut, and creamy Swiss cheese, this dish is sure to be a family favorite.

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Polish Pasta Casserole is a delicious fusion of classic Polish flavors with a comforting pasta bake. This dish combines smoked Polish sausage, tangy sauerkraut, and creamy Swiss cheese in a rich, mustard-infused sauce. Perfect for a cozy family dinner, this casserole is easy to prepare and sure to please everyone at the table.

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups uncooked short pasta, such as penne or fusilli
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 (16 oz) jar sauerkraut, rinsed and well-drained
  • 1 1/2 lbs smoked Polish sausage or kielbasa, sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 3 cups Swiss cheese, grated and divided
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

Step 1: Cook the Pasta

  1. Boil Pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions until al dente. Drain and set aside.

Step 2: Prepare the Sauce

  1. Melt Butter: In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  2. Make Roux: Add the flour to the melted butter and whisk continuously for about 1-2 minutes to form a roux. It should be slightly golden but not browned.
  3. Add Milk: Slowly pour in the milk, whisking constantly to avoid lumps. Continue to cook and whisk until the mixture thickens and comes to a simmer, about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Add Sour Cream and Mustard: Stir in the sour cream, Dijon mustard, and garlic powder until well combined.
  5. Season: Season the sauce with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Step 3: Assemble the Casserole

  1. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Combine Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked pasta, sauce, sauerkraut, sliced sausage, and half of the grated Swiss cheese. Mix well to combine.
  3. Transfer to Baking Dish: Pour the mixture into a greased 9×13-inch baking dish and spread it out evenly.
  4. Top with Cheese: Sprinkle the remaining Swiss cheese and chopped green onions over the top of the casserole.

Step 4: Bake the Casserole

  1. Bake: Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the casserole is bubbly and the cheese is melted and golden brown.
  2. Cool Slightly: Let the casserole cool for a few minutes before serving.

Cook Notes and Variations

  • Cheese Options: You can use Gruyère or a mix of Swiss and mozzarella cheese for a different flavor profile.
  • Vegetable Additions: Add sautéed mushrooms or bell peppers for extra vegetables and flavor.
  • Spicy Version: Add a pinch of red pepper flakes or a chopped jalapeño for a spicy kick.
  • Breadcrumb Topping: Sprinkle breadcrumbs mixed with a bit of melted butter on top before baking for a crunchy crust.

Keto and Low-Carb Versions

Keto Version:

  • Pasta Substitute: Use low-carb pasta or spiralized zucchini noodles (zoodles) instead of traditional pasta.
  • Flour Substitute: Use almond flour or coconut flour for the roux.
  • Milk Substitute: Use heavy cream instead of milk for a richer, low-carb sauce.

Low-Carb Version:

  • Pasta Substitute: Use a low-carb pasta alternative or cauliflower florets instead of traditional pasta.
  • Sauerkraut: Ensure your sauerkraut is low in added sugars.

Polish Pasta Casserole is a delicious and comforting dish that combines the flavors of smoked sausage, tangy sauerkraut, and creamy Swiss cheese in a rich, mustard-infused sauce. This casserole is perfect for family dinners, potlucks, or any occasion where you want to serve a hearty and satisfying meal. Enjoy the unique blend of flavors that will transport your taste buds straight to Eastern Europe.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I use a different type of sausage?

A: Yes, you can substitute the Polish sausage or kielbasa with other smoked sausages or even chicken sausage if you prefer.

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Q: How do I store leftovers?

A: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving.

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Q: Can I make this casserole ahead of time?

A: Yes, you can assemble the casserole (without baking) and store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Bake it just before serving.

Q: Can I freeze this casserole?

A: Yes, you can freeze the unbaked casserole. Wrap it tightly with plastic wrap and aluminum foil and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before baking.

Q: What can I serve with this casserole?

A: Serve this casserole with a simple green salad, crusty bread, or roasted vegetables for a complete meal.

Enjoy making and savoring this Polish Pasta Casserole, a unique and comforting dish that’s sure to become a favorite in your recipe collection!

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