Penne With Sausage and Kale

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

Hearty ingredients load this quick Italian dinner with spicy, cheesy flavor. Adapted from

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Add garlic, onion and sausage, breaking up any lumps with a spoon, until browned, 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, blanch kale in a 6-quart pot of boiling salted water, uncovered, 5 minutes. Remove kale with a large sieve and drain. Return cooking water in pot to a boil, then cook pasta in boiling water, uncovered, until al dente. Reserve 1 cup pasta-cooking water, then drain pasta in a colander.
  3. While pasta cooks, add kale to sausage in skillet and sauté, stirring frequently, until just tender, about 5 minutes. Add broth, stirring and scraping up any brown bits from bottom of skillet, then add pasta and 1/2 cup reserved cooking water to skillet, tossing until combined. Stir in cheese and thin with additional cooking water if desired.
  4. Serve immediately, with additional cheese on the side.
Most Helpful

This was super delicious and fairly simple to make. I didn't have any sausage on hand, so I used chicken tenderloins instead and it was a perfect substitute. Any noodle choice will work- I'd skip long noodles like linguini or angel hair. I used farfalle noodles last time and plan on making this again tonight using different pasta again.

Whitney H. February 04, 2014

Excellent - this was a big hit. I made a few changes, using mushrooms that needed to be used up, sliced up some chicken-basil sausages - used some organic bagged cut kale, added lemon pepper and chopped garlic. Mr. Wonderful said: "put this in the rotation."

One Happy Woman January 07, 2014

I'm not much of a cook, but this was pretty easy and DELICIOUS. I had to look up online how to clean up the kale and blanch it (again, not much of a cook). I used "Chicken Fiesta" sausage and added some fresh ground pepper and a little salt. Otherwise I followed the recipe as is. My husband ate two big bowls, and told me he couldn't stop thinking about that dinner all the next day. :)

cerealfordinner May 15, 2012