Pasta with Sausage and Kale
This Pasta with Sausage and Kale also has garlic and red pepper flakes bumping up the flavor, and this might be the tastiest thing I’ve ever made with kale! And I’ve updated the recipe to use a lot more sausage and kale and less pasta, so it’s a more carb-conscious dish!
I couldn’t stop eating this Pasta with Hot Italian Sausage, Kale, Garlic, and Red Pepper Flakes, so I’m posting the recipe right away as a Public Service Announcement for anyone who has kale in their garden or CSA box. I devoured this for lunch two days in a row, and I’m pretty sure I would have eaten it again the next day but my brother Rand stopped by and I gave him the leftovers.
The recipe started as nothing more than an idea inspired by a huge bunch of kale I trimmed from my plants and some of my favorite turkey Italian Sausage that needed to be used. I looked at a few recipes that with kale and Italian sausage before deciding to make pasta, and then just made up the recipe as I went along.
If you don’t have kale you could also make this with arugula, spinach, or chard, but the way the kale became tender and sweet in this dish will probably make a kale convert out of you if you’re not sure whether you like it! (Note: In 2020 I updated this recipe to use more sausage and kale so make it a more carb-conscious dish.)
How to Make Pasta with Sausage and Kale:
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- I originally just used three sausage links, but now I’d use the whole 19.5 oz. package of my favorite turkey Italian Sausage for this recipe. Saute the sausage in a tiny bit of olive oil until it’s nicely browned.
- In a very large frying pan put the olive oil, six large cloves of coarsely chopped fresh garlic, and some red pepper flakes. Turn on the heat and cook just until you can start to smell garlic. (Don’t let the garlic brown.)
- Then add one pound of very thinly sliced kale leaves or baby kale.
- Saute the kale with the garlic, turning it over a few times until all the kale is wilted.
- Then add the browned sausage to the pan with 2 cups of homemade chicken stock (or use a can of chicken broth.) Turn to low and let it simmer gently while you cook the pasta.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and then cook the pasta according to package directions and drain, saving 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water. (Use any kind of whole wheat, gluten-free, or regular pasta of your choice. I’d pick a shape like this or a short pasta like penne.)
- Gently combine the drained pasta with the kale/sausage mixture, adding as much of the reserved pasta cooking water as you want to get the amount of moistness you prefer.
- Then mix in the coarsely grated Parmesan cheese and serve the pasta hot, with extra cheese to add at the table.
- This kept overnight in the fridge very well and I just reheated it in the microwave in a glass dish covered with a paper towel.
More Tasty Recipes with Kale:
- 19.5 oz package hot turkey Italian sausage
- 16 oz. kale leaves, thinly sliced (see notes)
- 6 large garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
- 3 T + 2 tsp. olive oil
- 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)
- 2 cups homemade chicken stock (see notes)
- 12 oz. Rotini pasta (see notes)
- salt for pasta cooking water (at least 1-2 tsp. salt)
- 1/2 cup coarsely grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
- Heat the 2 tsp. olive oil in a small frying pan, squeeze sausage out of casings, and cook until sausage is nicely browned, breaking apart with a turner as it cooks.
- While the sausage is cooking, wash kale leaves and shake dry (they don’t need to be perfectly dry.) Pile up a stack of leaves and then thinly slice them crosswise, continuing until you have sliced all the kale.
- Slice the garlic cloves and then coarsely chop.
- In a large heavy frying pan (big enough to hold all the pasta when it’s cooked) put the 3 T olive oil, garlic, and hot pepper flakes.
- Turn heat to medium and cook until you can barely start to smell garlic. (Don’t let the garlic brown.)
- Then add the thinly sliced kale. Cook kale and garlic 2-3 minutes, turning over several times, until the kale is all wilted.
- Add chicken stock or broth and cooked sausage to the kale and turn heat to low. Let this simmer while you cook the pasta.
- Fill a medium-large pot half full with water, add a generous amount of salt, and bring the water to a boil.
- Add pasta, stir, lower heat, and cook until barely al-dente, following package directions for cooking times. Save 1/2 cup pasta cooking water, then drain pasta.
- Gently mix the cooked pasta into the sausage/kale mixture, adding as much pasta cooking water as you think you need for it to be moist enough. (I used about half the water.)
- Then mix in the Parmesan cheese and serve pasta hot, with extra Parmesan cheese to add at the table.
- This kept very well in the fridge overnight. I reheated it in the microwave in a glass bowl covered with a paper towel.
You can also use baby kale, which won't need to be sliced. Just use 1 can chicken broth if you don't have homemade chicken stock. Use your favorite whole wheat, gluten-free, or regular pasta in a shape like this.
Recipe created by Kalyn with inspiration from many recipes she saw online.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 304Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 746mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 24g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
If you’re making Pasta with Sausage and Kale for phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet, use hot turkey Italian sausage and whole-grain or low-carb pasta. This isn’t a terribly low-fat dish due to the sausage, olive oil, and Parmesan so I would limit it to a moderate portion size with a big green salad on the side. This would be too high in carbs for most low-carb diet plans, but I’ve updated the recipe to be a version with more sausage and kale and a lot less pasta for a much more carb-conscious dish.
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