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Pasta with Sausage and Kale

I used Palmini Pasta made with hearts of palm to make a low-carb version of this favorite recipe for Pasta with Sausage and Kale! And this post has instructions to make it with regular pasta too, so use whichever you prefer for this tasty pasta dish. 

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Pasta with Sausage and Kale finished dish shown in two serving bowls with Parmesan

Years ago I came up with a recipe for Pasta with Sausage and Kale that was so good I declared it to be one of the best things I’d ever made with kale. But even though it had a lot of sausage and kale and not much pasta, it wasn’t going to work for anyone who’s following a low-carb diet.

Then in January of this year a reader named Danielle wrote to me about a new product called Palmini Pasta and I was intrigued! I decided to test out the low-carb pasta on a recipe I knew I already liked, and when we tested this recipe with Palmini Hearts of Palm Linguini, Kara and I absolutely loved it! Since then I’ve made a few other tasty recipes with this amazing low-carb pasta, so stay tuned for more recipes to come!


Palmini Hearts of Palm Linguini in can

What is Palmini Pasta?

Palmini Pasta (affiliate link) is a relatively new type of low-carb pasta made from hearts of palm. The pasta options are Linguini, Angel Hair (which is actually more like thin spaghetti), and Lasagna. The same company also makes low-carb rice and low-carb mashed potatoes from hearts of palm, which I am looking forward to trying. Kara and I have been having fun experimenting with the Palmini pasta products, and we really like the flavor of them. (And for anyone who might be wondering, this company hasn’t sent me any merchandise or paid me to feature their products.)

Why is this recipe a good way to use Palmini Pasta?

One thing people may have an issue with about the Palmini Pasta is the price; definitely it’s a lot more expensive than regular pasta. That’s why we’re working on developing some recipes like this one, where there are a lot of other ingredients in the dish to spread out the pasta. This Pasta with Sausage and Kale makes six servings from one can of Palmini Linguini, which makes it a lot more affordable.

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

Palmini Pasta with Sausage and Kale process shots collage

How to make this recipe:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. (IF MAKING WITH PALMINI PASTA) Drain the Palmini Pasta into a colander placed in the sink and rinse well with cold water.
  2. (IF MAKING WITH REGULAR PASTA) Cook pasta until barely al-dente, following package directions. Save 1/2 cup pasta cooking water, then drain pasta.
  3. Heat 1 T olive oil in a large heavy frying pan, squeeze sausage out of casings, and cook until sausage is nicely browned, breaking apart with a turner as it cooks. Remove sausage to a bowl.<
  4. While the sausage is cooking, wash kale leaves and shake dry. Cut out the inner ribs, then pile up a stack of leaves and then chop them, continuing until you have chopped all the kale. (Sorry, missed taking photos of the chopped kale.)
  5. In same large frying pan, put the 3 T olive oil, garlic, and hot pepper flakes and cook until you can barely start to smell garlic.
  6. Then add chopped kale and cook 2-3 minutes, turning over several times, until kale is all wilted.
  7. Add chicken broth, ground fennel, cooked sausage, and drained Palmini pasta to the kale and turn heat to low. Let this simmer about 8 minutes, or until the Palmini Pasta seems tender when you test a piece.
  8. (If you’re using regular pasta, let the other ingredients cook a few minutes before you add the pasta. Then gently mix the cooked pasta into the sausage/kale mixture, and cook 4-5 minutes. Add as much pasta cooking water as you think you need for it to be moist.)
  9. Add the Parmesan cheese and serve pasta hot, with extra Parmesan cheese to add at the table if desired.
  10. This will keep well in the fridge for a few days, no matter which type of pasta you use.

close-up photo of Pasta with Sausage and Kale with Palmini Pasta, in two serving bowls with parmesan

More Recipes with Sausage and Kale:

Instant Pot Sausage and Kale Soup
Low-Carb Sausage and Kale Mock Lasagna Casserole 
Sausage, Kale, and Mozzarella Egg Bake

Pasta with Sausage and Kale finished dish shown in two serving bowls with Parmesan

Pasta with Sausage and Kale

Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

I used Palmini Pasta to make a low-carb version of this favorite recipe for Pasta with Sausage and Kale! The recipe still has instructions for the original version with Rotini Pasta too, so choose whichever one you prefer.

Ingredients

  • 19.5 oz package hot turkey Italian sausage
  • 1 bunch kale (see notes)
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 3 T + 1 T olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)
  • one 14.5 oz. can reduced-sodium chicken broth (see notes)
  • 1 tsp. ground fennel
  • one 14 oz. can Palmini Hearts of Palm Linguini (or use 12 oz. Rotini Pasta to make with regular pasta)
  • 1/2 cup coarsely grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving

Instructions

  1. (IF MAKING WITH PALMINI PASTA) Drain the Palmini Pasta into a colander placed in the sink and rinse well with cold water.
  2. (IF MAKING WITH REGULAR 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.
  3. Heat 1 T olive oil in a large heavy frying pan, squeeze sausage out of casings, and cook until sausage is nicely browned, breaking apart with a turner as it cooks. Remove sausage to a bowl.
  4. While the sausage is cooking, wash kale leaves if needed and shake dry (they don’t need to be perfectly dry.) Cut out the inner ribs if they're thick. Then pile up a stack of leaves and then chop them, continuing until you have chopped all the kale.
  5. In same large frying pan as you cooked the sausage, put the 3 T olive oil, garlic, and hot pepper flakes. Turn heat to medium-low and cook until you can barely start to smell garlic. (Don’t let the garlic brown.)
  6. Then add the chopped kale.  Cook kale and garlic 2-3 minutes, turning over several times, until the kale is all wilted.
  7. Add chicken broth, ground fennel, cooked sausage, and drained Palmini pasta to the kale and turn heat to low. Let this simmer about 8 minutes, or until the Palmini Pasta seems tender when you test a piece.
  8. (If you're using regular pasta, let the other ingredients cook a few minutes before you add the pasta. Then 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.)
  9. Add the Parmesan cheese and serve pasta hot, with extra Parmesan cheese to add at the table if desired.
  10. This will keep very well in the fridge overnight, no matter which type of pasta you use.

Notes

We used about 8 cups of chopped kale. You can also use baby kale, which won't need to be chopped.

Nutritional information is for the dish made with Palmini Pasta.

Recipe originally created by Kalyn with Rotini Pasta. Updated in 2021 to a version with Palmini Low-Carb Linguini.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 280Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 4.6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13.5gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 941mgCarbohydrates: 5.9gFiber: 1.8gSugar: .6gProtein: 26g

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.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions: 
Pasta with Sausage and Kale with Palmini Pasta would be suitable for any low-carb diet plan, including Keto. The Palmini Pasta should be fine for any phase of the original South Beach Diet, but even with turkey Italian Sausage, this recipe is probably a bit high in fat for South Beach.

Find More Recipes Like This One:
Use Pasta Recipes for more ideas like this one. Use the Diet Type Index to find more recipes suitable for a specific eating plan. You might also like to Follow Kalyn’s Kitchen on Pinterest to see all the good recipes I’m sharing there.

Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was first posted in 2011 using Rotini Pasta. It was updated in 2021 with a new low-carb version using Palmini Pasta.

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    58 Comments on “Pasta with Sausage and Kale”

  1. Melissa, so glad you liked it!

  2. Hi Kalyn. 🙂 I made this last night with just a few tweaks (a bit more of almost all the ingredients) and we loooooved it. I cannot wait to eat my leftovers for lunch today. Thanks a bunch for the awesome recipe!

  3. Thanks for the pasta recipe. The dish looks very colorful and delicious.

  4. Sandy, so glad you enjoyed it!

  5. Glor recommended this recipe on her blog and it did not disappoint! Thanks so much for the recipe, it was delicious… we have found a new favorite in kale!

  6. Mike, I'm reading these in reverse order in e-mail! I think goat cheese sounds great in this.

  7. Grace, glad you liked it. I don't think I've seen that type of black kale.

  8. I made this recipe last night and it was delicious. Next time I make it I will make homemade hot italian sausage and I think I would substitute 1/2 of the chicken stock for heavy cream. I think that would be wonderful. I used a kale that I'd never seen before – black kale (broad flat leaves), as well as the regular curly kind. Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. Yum. Looks simple and delish! I might add some goat cheese. Really a perfect combination of ingredients.

  10. Glor, so glad you enjoyed it as much as I did!

  11. We just finished eating this … what can I say, another keeper! It was loved by everyone! Thanks for such great recipes.

  12. Jamie, I cut my kale in the garden much smaller than the kale you get in the store so that's why it's smaller, curlier, and lighter. It's also more tender when you cut it young.

  13. Mmmm I love kale but I just don't cook with it often enough. It's delicious and so healthy! But funny your kale looks smaller, paler and curlier than the kale I am used to seeing. Why?

  14. Thanks for the nice feedback Jen. I look forward to hearing how that works. I would love to have some of that in the freezer myself.

  15. Thank you, Kalyn. I'll follow your advice, make a batch to freeze and will let you know how it turns out. (No doubt fab–I've never had a clunker from this site!)

    Best, Jen from NYC (anonymous poster from 3:57)

  16. BTW, if you were making the sausage/kale mixture to freeze, I might not cook it down quite so much; then you could do that when you cook the pasta. Love to hear how this turns out if you try it!

  17. I'm not really sure how this will freeze, because there's not a lot of liquid in the sauce. It will definitely keep in the fridge for several days though. I think you could make the sausage/kale mixture and freeze that; then cook the pasta when you want to serve it.

  18. This looks incredible. I'd love to do some batch cooking and make a bunch for work lunches. Do you think it will freeze well?

    Thanks for another great recipe!

  19. Cooking Creation, now I am thinking about making it again! Hey, it's kale, right?

    Jackie, that's a good idea to make two pans of it. You could use mild sausage and just put a little more red pepper in the adult version. Yes, I have made kale chips and posted a recipe for Roasted Kale Chips with Sea Salt and Vinegar. I do like them a lot!

  20. Hi,

    This dish looks delicious but I'd probably have to substitute sweet or mild sausage since I have small children or prepare both mild & spicy separately as my husband and I would love the hot one!

    You probably have heard of a super simple snack you can make with Kale – Kale chips. If not, just spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and place dry pieces of kale on sheet. you can spray them as well if you like and likely sprinkle with sea salt. Then bake to desired crispiness. It's a beloved, healthy snack in our home. Only I have to make like 5 pans because they get gobbled up pretty quickly 🙂