Rice Cooker Pasta And Kielbasa Sausage

The rice cooker is a marvel of technology. Yes, it cooks perfect rice, but, with a little imagination, you can also use it to cook just about anything else you can think of. This  is a recipe that I adapted to make in the rice cooker. Before, you had to use three cooking utensils to make this dish. You had a pot for the pasta, a pot with a steamer for the broccoli, and a saute pan for the sausage.  The rice cooker is ONE pot.

I use the Wolfgang Puck Rice Cooker (s). I have three and absolutely love  them. They come with the steamer inserts. They usually have different sizes. They come in 5 cup, 7 cup and 10 cup capacities.  I have two 7 cups and one 10 cup and that covers most of what I need. Just be sure to check the capacity to make sure you get  the size that’s best for you.

Quick, hearty and easy are the words to describe this recipe.

8 Ounces Pasta
5.3 Ounces  Beef Polish Kielbasa, Cut In 2″ Pieces
2 Cups Broccoli Flowerettes
1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1/2 CupWater

1 Put the pasta, water and heavy cream in the rice cooker and press the start button.
2 While the pasta is cooking, put the Kielbasa pieces in the steamer basket on top of the pasta.
3 Cook until the pasta is done. Time will vary according to pasta type. I usually use fettuccine, shells or penne.
4 Add the broccoli flowerettes to the sausage and steam for 2 more minutes or just until they turn bright green.
5 When the pasta is done, add the Kielbasa and broccoli to the pasta and toss to coat them with the cream.

Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 serving
Percent daily values based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients.

Amount Per Serving
Calories   491.06
Calories From Fat (46%)   223.76
% Daily Value
Total Fat 25.13g   39%
Saturated Fat 11.65g   58%
Cholesterol 92.87mg   31%
Sodium 915.31mg   38%
Potassium 229.64mg   7%
Carbohydrates 47.93g   16%
Dietary Fiber 1.36g   5%
Sugar 0.03g

Sugar Alcohols 0.00g
Net Carbohydrates 46.57g
Protein 18.63g   37%
MyPoints 11.6

Cooking Tips
Make sure the sausage is the fully cooked variety. You can use any type of sausage you prefer.