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Tagliatelle with Kielbasa Onions and Tomatoes

Patricia Reitz

Tagliatelle with Kielbases Onions and Tomatoes - ButterYum

Tagliatelle with Kielbases Onions and Tomatoes - ButterYum

I'm so happy to be able to share this accidental family-favorite pasta dish with you.  It came about in the usual way - I had no idea what to make for dinner, but I needed to get something on the table and the only thing I had in the fridge was a ring of Kielbasa.  I honestly didn't expect us to like it as much as we did, but we devoured it so I quickly jotted down the recipe so I could make it again and again. The sauteed Kielbasa adds a bit of smoky flavor to the sauce while the caramelized onions add a little sweetness - throw in a little garlic and tomato, boil up some pasta, and you've got yourself one fabulous meal.  If you don't try any other recipe on my blog, try this one - I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Tagliatelle w/Kielbasa Onions and Tomatoes

serves 4-6

Printable Recipe


  • 1 pound Polish Kielbasa, cut into coins
  • 1 medium onion, "frenched" (sliced from pole to pole)
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes (chopped, diced, pureed all work too - I've even used Ro-tel tomatoes)
  • salt and pepper to taste (careful - Kielbasa can be salty)
  • 1 pound tagliatelle pasta, cooked al dente in well salted water


  1. Heat a very large skillet over medium-high heat.  
  2. Saute Kielbasa in batches until well caramelized on both sides (we like lots of brown color); remove from pan and reserve fat.  
  3. Lower the heat to medium and in the same skillet, saute the onions in the rendered Kielbasa fat (my Kielbasa didn't render a lot of fat so I had to add a touch of olive oil to my pan), stirring frequently until they're translucent and begin to caramelize, about 15 minutes.  
  4. Add the minced garlic and stir for a minute, then add the tomatoes and return the sauteed kielbasa to the pan.  
  5. Simmer uncovered for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Serve over pasta.  

Alternate slow cooker instructions (to feed a crowd, double the recipe):  place sauteed kielbasa, caramelized onions, garlic, and tomatoes in slow cooker; cook on high for 1 hour or low for 2-3 hours.  Stir in pasta just before serving.  Hint: I cook my pasta in advance, drizzle with a little olive oil and toss it well so each piece is coated, then let it cool completely and transfer it to a large zipper bag until I need it.