This Italian Sausage Kale Pasta features mushrooms and is cooked in a tomato based sauce. It’s a comfort food at its best, but kale also brings a bunch of benefits making it healthy at the same time!
Remember that kale craze that spread like wildfire among food bloggers few years ago? EVERYONE was making recipes with kale: soups, stews, salads, smoothies, and the list goes on and on. I hated it. No, not the kale itself. You can’t close your eyes to all the health benefits it comes with. I hated the fact that out of nowhere one veggie was getting all the attention while other, also super healthy ones, were undervalued. But… I will be frank with you. Despite the hatred, I jumped on that kale train because of two reasons:
I wanted to find out what’s so magical about this leaf cabbage
My readers asked for kale recipes on the blog
That’s how I ended up making these three recipes with kale, and I won’t lie – I loved every one of them.
Especially I enjoyed kale in various pastas. I made quite many of them during the last few years, they just didn’t make the blog. However, today I tried a completely new combination and it was SO GOOD I just can’t (it would be a crime) not to share it with you, guys! Meet this scrumptious Sausage Kale Pasta with mushrooms and plenty of tomatoes. A total winner!
First of all, let me say that I adore Italian sausage. Spicy, sweet, or any other type, it doesn’t matter. I love all of them. Italian sausage is a frequently used ingredient in my pastas. I like to mix it up: one day I use chicken, the other day it can be ground beef or pork, the third day I go with a sausage.
But you know what? I always say that you have to keep trying different things to keep it interesting. Not only in food, in our every day life too. That’s why when I saw a bunch of the beautiful kale leaves at the farmers market yesterday, I immediately thought about adding them to my sausage pasta. I have never tried it before. It appeared, that I am not the first one (what a surprise) who thought about such a combo. People make pastas with sausage and kale, so this combination seems to be working well!
This sausage kale pasta also features mushrooms which are a fantastic addition to this dish. Oh and don’t forget about a big can of tomatoes! All the ingredients combine to create an unforgettable experience to your taste buds. I can’t even imagine a person who wouldn’t love this pasta. Seriously, I can’t. Make it and please tell me in the comment section below if you liked it!
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pound Italian sausage casings removed
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1/4 pound button mushrooms sliced
- 1 can peeled 28oz or 800ml, crushed tomatoes
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 bunch of kale about 4 cups, stems removed, chopped
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 1 pound farfalle pasta
- grated Parmesan cheese for sprinkling
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
In another large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook until golden, breaking it into bite-sized pieces. Remove the sausage from the pot using a slotted spoon and set aside.
Add the onion and garlic to the same pot and cook for few minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes more, until onions and mushrooms begin to brown. Add the canned crushed tomatoes with all the juice, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and the sausage.
Meanwhile, blanch the kale in the salted boiling water for 5 minutes. Remove it using a slotted spoon and add straight to the mushroom-tomato-sausage mixture. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Lastly, stir in the heavy cream and remove from heat.
While the sauce is simmering, cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain, add to the sauce and toss to combine.
Sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top and serve. Enjoy!
Adapted from Everyday Pasta: Favorite Pasta Recipes for Every Occasion by Giada De Laurentiis