Penne with Sausage, Red Pepper and Kale

A dusting of grated cheese never hurt

A dusting of grated cheese never hurt

This is a really simple one-dish dinner. I liked the way the kale did not lose its crunch during the cooking process like spinach or other greens. Any sausage will work, as long as it is not breakfast sausage. The spice in an Italian one is the best.

Penne with Sausage and Kale

  • 1 lb whole wheat penne
  • 2 Italian sausage
  • 2 cups kale leaves chopped into small pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper diced fine
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Cook pasta to al dente in boiling salted water. Strain, reserving 1 cup pasta water. In a large saute pan heat olive oil and fry garlic until fragrant, about a minute. Cut sausage from casing and brown over medium heat breaking up the chunks. Add red bell pepper and cook until soft. Add kale leaves and cook until they turn dark green, about 2 minutes. Add reserved pasta water and deglaze pan. Add cooked pasta, toss to coat in sauce and season with salt, pepper and parsley. Serve hot.

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22 Responses to Penne with Sausage, Red Pepper and Kale

  1. A_Boleyn says:

    Looks like a great weeknight dinner to make with a few odds and ends.

  2. Looks GREAT! This would easily go vegetarian…and I can make the sausage as a side for Jake to add on top of his! And this is going on the list for later this week…

  3. Love the one-pot-wonders…and kale is great when added to dishes since you’re right, it holds up so well. YUM!

  4. sallybr says:

    Very nice take on pasta & sausages! Hubby is the one who normally does this type of meal for us, but not in a million years he would think of adding kale… 😉

  5. ChgoJohn says:

    I never think to use kale like this but you’re right. It would “work” much better than spinach here. Gotta try this!

  6. My kids love pasta and I think adding Kale to it is a great idea

  7. Good, hearty winter pasta:-)

  8. I like the bright colors in your pasta.

  9. theveryhungrybookworm says:

    Yum! We had something similar the other night, but with prosciutto instead of sausage 🙂 happy stomach…

  10. theveryhungrybookworm says:

    Yum! We had something similar the other night, but with prosciutto instead of sausage 🙂 happy stomach…

  11. Kale & Sausage are a great combination of ingredients and perfect for a February meal. Good Recipe.

  12. Tammy says:

    This is one of my favorite meals and I agree, love the spice of an Italian sausage.

  13. windykitchen says:

    Ooh good one. I love using sausage in one-dish meals like this — I think it has so much more flavor than ground beef or turkey.

  14. Eva Taylor says:

    Kale does have a lovely texture that even cooking can’t take away. The sausage sounds very delicious in this recipe. The colours are quite lovely too.

  15. egg me on says:

    The spice in an Italian one IS the best. Looks great, man!

  16. Lovely, I’m thinking chorizo too….!

  17. TasteFood says:

    Mmmm – this is my kind of dinner.

  18. Love the pops of red from the bell pepper.

  19. laurasmess says:

    Oh yum…. I haven’t tried kale in pasta before but I’ve seen two similar recipes over the past two days – I think it must be a sign! Definitely going to try your recipe… with the extra cheese!

  20. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Kale is always good. (Use Dreamfields Brand pasta if you are cutting carbs.)

  21. petit4chocolatier says:

    Refreshing and delicious!

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