Kale and Sausage Pasta

Kale & Sausage Pasta

This Kale and Sausage Pasta is one of those super satisfying pasta dishes. It feels rustic and homey. The spice from the sausage is deliciously offset by the earthiness of kale and mushrooms. And of course there's perfectly cooked au dente pasta, and a dusting of cheese to make this a hearty and delicious meal, any time of year, but especially when it's cold and dark outside.

Kale and Sausage Pasta with Mushrooms
Kale and Sausage Pasta with Mushrooms

What's Cavatappi?

Pasta is the ultimate carb craving satisfaction, in my books. You can use any pasta shape for this kale & sausage pasta. I'm using one of my favourites, cavatappi, a spiral shaped, ridged macaroni. Cavatappi is the Italian word for corkscrew, which perfectly describes the spiral shape of these noodles. Besides being a fun shape, this pasta, with it's hollows and ridges, it good for holding onto sauces. I love to use it for makingย Creamy Stove Top Mac & Cheese, but it also works well for this kale and sausage pasta recipe.

Measuring Pasta

Speaking of pasta, do you always cook too much? It's hard to gauge how much dried pasta to cook, and I find it better to cook more so that there's enough. Usually that means more than enough. But, rest assured, I have a solution to this pasta problem. I found this very handy guide on She Knows, which I thought I would share with you:ย A Simple Guide for Measuring Pasta Serving Sizes.

Nutritious Kale; A Perfect Add In

I'm discovering a new love of kale in recipes other than salads and smoothies. Raw kale has an in your face, grassy bitterness. Which means that it's perfect in salads with a sweet component, like this Strawberry Kale Salad. But when it's lightly cooked, kale becomes sweeter and much more mellow. It's dense leaves stand up really well to cooking. Unlike, spinach, which is great for “sneaking in veggies” to almost any dish, because it all but disappears, kale is a feature in recipes. Add to that, the fact that kale is a nutrition powerhouse, and you can't go wrong.

Italian Sausage

Kale and sausage come together, along with mushrooms, in a tomato basil sauce, to make this delicious and hearty pasta dish. I'm using hot Italian Sausage, which gives the dish a bit of heat. You can use mild or sweet Italian sausage instead if you don't want any heat, and it will still be good.

Kale and Sausage Pasta with Mushrooms
Kale and Sausage Pasta with Mushrooms


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Kale & Sausage Pasta-
Kale & Sausage Pasta
Kale & Sausage Pasta
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Kale & Sausage Pasta
Kale and Sausage Pasta with Mushrooms
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
This easy Pasta with Kale and Sausage is a hearty and delicious weeknight dinner.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6
Calories: 671 kcal
Author: Colleen
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 cup chopped cremini mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound hot Italian sausage casings removed
  • 1 796 ml can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 400 ml can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 3 tbsp fresh basil chopped
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound cavatappi pasta
  • 4 cups kale leaves torn from stems and ribs
  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat
  2. Add onion, mushrooms, and garlic. Cook until onion is soft and mushrooms are brown, about 5 minutes
  3. Add sausage to skillet and cook, breaking up with a spoon, until browned, about 5 minutes
  4. Add crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes with juice, basil, salt and pepper to skillet
  5. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and allow to simmer
  6. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and cook pasta until au dente, about 8-10 minutes
  7. During the last minute of pasta cooking time, add kale to the pot to blanch
  8. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta cooking water, and drain pasta and kale
  9. Add the pasta and kale to the sauce, and toss to combine
  10. Thin sauce with reserved pasta water, if needed
  11. Remove from heat and serve hot, garnished with Parmesan cheese
Recipe Notes

This recipe freezes well. Allow to cool, and pack into an airtight container before freezing.

You can reduce the fat in this recipe by first piercing the casings, and boiling the sausage, then discarding the boiling water before removing the casings.

You can also substitute turkey or chicken sausage and some hot chili flakes to reduce fat and calories.

Use no salt added canned tomatoes to reduce sodium.

Nutrition Facts
Kale and Sausage Pasta with Mushrooms
Amount Per Serving
Calories 671 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 46%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 846mg 35%
Potassium 1174mg 34%
Total Carbohydrates 75g 25%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 10g
Protein 25g 50%
Vitamin A 97.9%
Vitamin C 91.5%
Calcium 17.3%
Iron 28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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16 thoughts on “Kale and Sausage Pasta

  1. I just got individual size cast iron pans!!!!! Yay! I love the rustic look and feel of this dish! Can’t wait to use my new pans and try it!

  2. Looks delicious and and tasty…
    Nice combination of kale with pasta sounds really awesome
    My relatives will love this pasta dish …
    Im making this for sure
    Thanks for such a lovely recipe

  3. This looks absolutely divine! I love the addition of the bright kale – this is sure going onto my meal planning list this month!

  4. I always have the same issue with cooking pasta. I never know how much is the right amount! My hubby has the knack for it so it had become one of his few kitchen duties. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  5. I LOVE cavatappi! I used to work at a restaurant where they used it for their Mac &a Cheese and it’s the ultimate comfort food noodle to me! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

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