Prep/Total Time: 50 minutes Makes: 6 servings
1/2 pound fresh kielbasa or Polish sausage links
1/2 pound Italian sausage links
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
3-1/2 cups beef broth
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 cup apple juice
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
4 ounces uncooked spiral pasta
1 . In a large saucepan, cook sausages over medium heat until a thermometer reads 160°. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings. Cut sausages into 1/2-inch slices; set aside.
2 . In the drippings, saute onion and pepper until crisp-tender. Stir in the broth, tomatoes, apple juice, parsley, garlic, basil, oregano and sausages. Bring to a boil; add pasta. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until pasta is tender.
Cool and freeze in freezer containers for up to 3 months.
To use frozen stew: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Transfer to a saucepan; add water to thin if necessary. Cover and cook over medium heat until hot and bubbly, stirring occasionally.