Italian Sausage and Kale Pasta

This Italian sausage and kale pasta is packed full of onion, tomato, kale, sausage and basil. It’s the perfect weeknight dish and ready in just 30 minutes.

This Italian sausage and kale pasta is packed full of onion, tomato, kale, sausage and basil. It's the perfect weeknight dish and ready in just 30 minutes.

Last weekend I went and seen The Fault in Our Stars.

Good lord. Major cry fest.

I’m all for sad movies. I’m all for romance movies that end in something tragic {Hello Nicholas Sparks!} but I’m never emotionally prepared. It’s like every bad thought I have ever had just comes to the surface and I’m the girl sitting in the movie theater openly weeping.

Weeping, people. Weeping.

Luckily there were also quite a few 13 year old girls crying along side of me. But still, when your 32 and having an emotional breakdown in a theater it just feels out of place. I almost wonder if the 13 year olds are thinking “Geez look at that old lady. She needs to get her shit together.” 

This Italian sausage and kale pasta is packed full of onion, tomato, kale, sausage and basil. It's the perfect weeknight dish and ready in just 30 minutes.

So what does a girl do when she is emotional drained? Well, I can tell you what she doesn’t do – cook something complicated.

After a good cry {women, you know what I’m talking about!} I’m usually tired but starving at the same time. Since my personal chef has yet to move in {dreams…} I’m forced to whip up something for myself. This pasta dish is one of those dishes that is hearty, filling and fast to make. Plus I usually have everything on hand.

I thought about calling this dish “one pot” but really you need two pots since you gotta cook the pasta. So really cleanup is two pots. That’s it. Plus you get a dish that is packed full of sausage, kale, tomatoes, garlic and basil. Fresh basil in the summer is the best thing ever.

If only I could grow the stuff without it dying on me. I swear my thumb is black.

This Italian sausage and kale pasta is packed full of onion, tomato, kale, sausage and basil. It's the perfect weeknight dish and ready in just 30 minutes.

Looking for even more pasta dishes? Try my creamy sausage mushroom fennel tortellini, chicken bacon pumpkin gnocchi or my spicy penne alla vodka.

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Italian Sausage and Kale Pasta

This Italian sausage and kale pasta is packed full of onion, tomato, kale, sausage and basil. It's the perfect weeknight dish and ready in just 30 minutes.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound pasta
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 pound ground Italian sausage, spicy or sweet
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, more will be needed later
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh basil

Directions:

Fill a large pot with water and set over high heat. Once the water is boiling add in a heavy pinch of kosher salt and pour in pasta.

Cook the pasta according to box directions, drain, add back to the pot, drizzle with a little olive oil and stir in 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Set aside until you are ready to combine with the meat mixture.

While the pasta is cooking start making your sausage mixture.

In a large skillet add Italian sausage and cook until no longer pink.

Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to the sausage pan and add in onions and tomatoes. Sauté for a few minutes until the onion and tomato starts to soften.

Add in kale and sauté until the kale is soft. Add garlic to the pan and cook for 30 seconds until the garlic is fragrant.

Pour in pasta and stir to combine. If the mixture is dry drizzle on a little more olive oil and stir in basil. Sprinkle the top with remaining Parmesan cheese and serve hot.

This Italian sausage and kale pasta is packed full of onion, tomato, kale, sausage and basil. It's the perfect weeknight dish and ready in just 30 minutes.

32 Responses to “Italian Sausage and Kale Pasta”

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    How to Philosophize with Cake — June 18, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Looks delicious! Such an easy and comforting meal. 🙂

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    Kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox — June 18, 2014 at 8:31 am

    I’m a sucker for anything having to do with sausage….this looks fantastic! I can’t wait to try it!

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    Stephanie @ Back For Seconds — June 18, 2014 at 8:31 am

    I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I did read the book. Ugh. So sad.
    I have been trying to eat more kale and this looks like a great way to do that!

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    Brenda@SugarFreeMom — June 18, 2014 at 9:09 am

    I love Italian sausage and kale is a great green to add with it!

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    taylor @ greens & chocolate — June 18, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Love 30 minute meals that look as delicious as this!

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    Christine from Cook the Story — June 18, 2014 at 9:48 am

    I’m pretty sure this is the prettiest bowl of pasta I’ve ever seen!

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    Jenn @ Deliciously Sprinkled — June 18, 2014 at 9:56 am

    This looks delicious, I love easy, 30 minute meals! 🙂

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    Angie — June 18, 2014 at 10:27 am

    I’ve got a ton of baby kale in the fridge, and this looks like a great way to use it up!

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — June 18, 2014 at 11:50 am

    I want to stick my face right into that bowl!!

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    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — June 18, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    I love quick pasta dishes like this one – they are always my go-to on weeknights!

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    Paula - bell'alimento — June 18, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Winner winner pasta dinner.

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    Susan — June 18, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    I was weeping and by weeping I mean ugly crying when I finished reading the book. I don’t know if I can take the movie. Oh and you just made my go-to pasta dish.

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    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — June 18, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Glad you were too emotionally drained to cook because this dish was well worth the tears!

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    Regan @ The Healthy Aperture Blog — June 18, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    The only downside to seeing this after dinner, is I wish I’d had this instead 🙂

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    Marjory @ Dinner-Mom — June 18, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    You pasta look fresh and delish! The perfect comfort dish after seeing The Fault in Our Stars. I saw it with my daughters and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

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    Emily @ Life on Food — June 19, 2014 at 6:09 am

    I would be that woman in the theater too. I want every piece of this pasta dish. Yum!

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    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — June 19, 2014 at 10:14 am

    This would totally comfort me if I was an emotional wreck from the movie.

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    Angela {Mind Over Batter} — June 19, 2014 at 11:27 am

    I read the book and I had a base case of the ugly cry. I’m sure if I watch the movie I’m going to be THAT lady; the one you need to carry out. I’ve been trying to grow basil and its on life support. I forget to water it for days. I’m like the plant black widow. I shouldn’t even bother.

    Now this pasta! I think I want to move in with you. So beautiful and hearty… Mmm…

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    Rachel Cooks — June 19, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Love clean-out-the-fridge pastas like this!

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    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — June 19, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Whoa, that movie is on at our local theater. I think I will avoid it. Not into
    crying if I can avoid it. BUT I am into sausage. For some reason this looks sooooo appealing. My body or my mind—probably my mind—is craving pasta these days!

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    Shawn @ IWYD — June 19, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    This looks absolutely amazing! I love the addition of the kale!

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    valmg @ From Val's Kitchen — June 19, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    That looks delicious! And the fact that it’s easy to make makes it even better!

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    Jessica (Savory Experiments) — June 19, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Beautiful photos! I love how colorful this dish is and… it is making me hungry!

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    Kim Beaulieu — June 19, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Oh Brandy, this is freaking amazing. I want to swim in it. It’s perfection.

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    Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos — June 19, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    This pasta looks fantastic – love the flavor combos!

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    Katie — June 20, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Oh yeah I can’t watch any sad movies and I’m 3 months post partum! Lol I tear up at commercials! This pasta looks divine–all for simple!

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    Joanne — June 23, 2014 at 8:16 am

    I think I’ll be dragging my bestie to see that movie this weekend. And I’ll be sure to have a big bowl of this in the fridge for post cry-fest consumption!

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    Meredith in sock monkey slippers — June 23, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Great quick dinner!

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