Pasta with Sausage and Kale

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June 22, 2010 by Sara Kreidler

We received a large bunch of kale this week from the CSA.  This recipe was a great way to use it up.

Adapted, barely, from Simply Recipes


  • 1 pound of kale, chopped (remove and discard center stem)
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/3 pound hot Italian sausage (loose, not in casings)
  • 1/3 pound sweet Italian sausage (loose, not in casings)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound shell pasta, cooked al dente
  • 1/4 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • Red chile flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large cast iron pot, cook kale in chicken stock for about 8 minutes.
  2. While kale is cooking, heat a pan over medium high and cook both types of sausage together until browned, using a spoon to break the sausage into bite sized pieces. Use a slotted spoon to transfer sausage to a plate. Add onions and garlic to the oil left behind in the pan from the sausage and sauté until soft.
  3. Add cooked pasta, kale, and sausage to the pan and toss to combine.  Transfer to a large serving bowl and top with Parmesan cheese and red chile flakes, salt and pepper.

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