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Sausage and Kale Pasta with Mushrooms

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!

This Sausage Kale Pasta, featuring mushrooms, is a comfort food at its best, but the addition of the almighty kale makes it healthy at the same time! | yummyaddiction.com

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!

This Sausage Kale Pasta, featuring mushrooms, is a comfort food at its best, but the addition of the almighty kale makes it healthy at the same time! | yummyaddiction.com

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.

This Sausage Kale Pasta, featuring mushrooms, is a comfort food at its best, but the addition of the almighty kale makes it healthy at the same time! | yummyaddiction.com

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, featuring mushrooms, is a comfort food at its best, but the addition of the almighty kale makes it healthy at the same time! | yummyaddiction.com

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! This Sausage Kale Pasta, featuring mushrooms, is a comfort food at its best, but the addition of the almighty kale makes it healthy at the same time! | yummyaddiction.com

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Sausage and Kale Pasta with Mushrooms
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 -6
Author: Yummy Addiction
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. While the sauce is simmering, cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain, add to the sauce and toss to combine.
  6. Sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top and serve. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes
Adapted from Everyday Pasta: Favorite Pasta Recipes for Every Occasion by Giada De Laurentiis

 

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20 Comments

  • Reply
    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
    July 20, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    This is my kind of comforting dish. I love how you have added some kale to give it a bit of a veggie boost.

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      Jovita
      August 7, 2016 at 8:15 am

      One of the best pasta dishes I made lately 🙂

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    Cookilicious
    July 20, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    loved your pictures..droolworthy! Would love to make a vegetarian version of this recipe!

    • Reply
      Jovita
      August 7, 2016 at 8:15 am

      I’m glad you liked it!

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    Tara
    July 20, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Such a gorgeous pasta! Love the use of kale.

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      Jovita
      August 7, 2016 at 8:23 am

      Thanks for stopping by to comment, Tara! 🙂

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    Jessica {Swanky Recipes}
    July 20, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    I always have kale on hand and still love to add it to a majority of dishes. I can’t wait to try this sausage and kale recipe!

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      Jovita
      August 7, 2016 at 8:26 am

      You will love it, Jessica! 🙂

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    Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche
    July 20, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    I adore kale! I often throw a handful in with pasta, but I love the idea of that tomatoey sauce too. Looks delish!

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      Jovita
      August 7, 2016 at 8:27 am

      This pasta tastes as good as it looks, Becca! 🙂

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    Razena | Tantalisemytastebuds.com
    July 21, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    I avoided using kale for the longest time and didn’t particularly like the chewiness of the mature leaves… but since I came across baby kale I’m a convert and absolutely love your idea of using it in pasta…

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      Jovita
      August 7, 2016 at 8:28 am

      Razena, it’s really tender when cooked 🙂

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    Kylee from Kylee Cooks
    July 21, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Almost a one-pot dish, I’m in! This looks really good, and easy enough I could make on a weeknight. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Jovita
      August 7, 2016 at 8:31 am

      It’s really easy and quite quick to make, Kylee. I made it few times on weeknights already 🙂

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    Diana
    July 21, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    I have never had kale pasta before, but this looks very interesting and tasty!

    • Reply
      Jovita
      August 7, 2016 at 8:34 am

      You have to try it Diana, because it’s fantastic 🙂

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    Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry
    July 21, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    I would never have thought of adding kale to this dish, but what a great idea, adding extra vitamins

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      Jovita
      August 7, 2016 at 8:37 am

      I added kale to the pasta for the first time in my life and I am so happy I did it 🙂

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    GiGi
    July 22, 2016 at 4:00 am

    I mean, I wouldn’t at all say NO to this, that’s for sure!

    • Reply
      Jovita
      August 7, 2016 at 8:39 am

      Who can say no to this beauty! 🙂

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