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Easy Kale + Sausage Pasta

  • Author: Emily Dingmann
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: pasta, dinner
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Italian


In this easy kale + sausage pasta recipe, hot Italian sausage is used for flavor and kale brings some green nutrients to the mix. Sprinkle with a bit of parmesan and a drizzle of good olive oil – it’s all you need!


  • 1 bunch kale (I like lacinato/dino)
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 lb. raw Italian sausage (about 3 links, casing removed)
  • 3/4 lb. whole wheat fusilli pasta
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan
  • salt and pepper
  • extra parmesan, olive oil and red pepper flakes for serving


  1. Wash kale. Remove stems and thinly slice.
  2. In a large pot, bring water to boil.
  3. When water boils, add pasta and cook according to directions, until al dente.
  4. While pasta cooks, heat large skillet and add oil to pan.
  5. When oil is hot, add garlic and sausage.
  6. Cook for about 3 minutes, breaking up sausage with spatula.
  7. Add kale and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Turn heat down to low.
  8. When pasta is done cooking, reserve 1 cup cooking liquid and drain.
  9. Add pasta to skillet, along with reserved cooking liquid and parmesan.
  10. Stir together until liquid has evaporated.
  11. Season with salt & pepper to taste.
  12. Drizzle with olive oil and extra parmesan if desired.


  • Serving Size: 4 servings
  • Calories: 564
  • Sugar: 4 grams
  • Fat: 22 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 61 grams
  • Fiber: 9 grams
  • Protein: 28 grams
  • Cholesterol: 34 mg

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