Turkey Sausage and Kale Pasta

Turkey Sausage and Kale Pasta from Order in the KitchenHey guys!  Again please forgive my absence!  A lot has happened in the last few weeks!  I signed up for a freaking FULL marathon.  Like a crazy person.  I’m still trying to watch what I eat and come up with healthier things to eat.  This is certainly a good one and I’ll be using it again.  My favorite part is that it’s a one-pan wonder (except for the pot you have to use for cooking the pasta…but the rest can all be done in a single frying pan).  Read on for the Verdict to see more about how much I liked this recipe, and how my co-workers liked it as well!

Turkey Sausage and Kale Pasta

Turkey Sausage and Kale Pasta
 
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The Elements
  • 1 box whole wheat pasta shells (or other kind of pasta that holds sauce well, so not noodles, but things like rigatoni, shells, penne, etc.)
  • Approximately 2 tsps of Olive Oil
  • 1 package (5 links) of turkey sausage, Hot Italian (if you don’t like ithot, go for the mild Italian…you can find these at any grocery store)
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 bunch kale–remove stems, roll up two to three pieces, then slice as thinly as you like–for this dish I say thinner is better
  • 1 large pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 can of San Marzano Crushed Tomatoes
Procedure
  1. In a large fry pan over medium heat, drizzle a little olive oil in the pan, so it isn’t dry.
  2. Sear the turkey sausage for a few minutes on each side, then remove, and slice into approximately 1-inch slices (let’s be real, I did not measure them, just use your best judgment).
  3. Put the sausage pieces back into the same pan and then add in the onion.
  4. Meanwhile, put water on to boil, and then cook the pasta according to instructions.
  5. Cook this until the sausage and onions are caramelized and the sausage is cooked all the way through… I didn’t really time this part, sorry, you again need to use your judgment but I would say it took between 15-20 minutes.
  6. Stir occasionally to ensure that the onions don’t burn.
  7. Once you are fairly confident that the sausage is mostly cooked, add the kale on top and let it wilt a bit.
  8. After the kale has wilted a bit, use tongs to stir it with the sausage and onion.  Sprinkle with salt & pepper and add in the red pepper flakes (not toooo much, because remember we used the Hot Italian sausage!) Mix it all up real nice!
  9. Serve over the pasta!
 

Turkey Sausage and Kale PastaThe Verdict:
So easy, and very delicious!  Because the sausage is turkey sausage and the pasta is whole wheat, this is a fairly healthy pasta dish.  Not using a jarred sauce, and simply using canned tomatoes and then adding your own flavors eliminates a lot of additives and imparts a more natural flavor.  The turkey sausage is high in protein but low in calories and carbs.  The kale is an awesome leafy green that is hearty enough to allow you to have a smaller portion for dinner.  The whole wheat pasta provides whole grains and fiber.  All in all, very healthy and delicious.  I even brought the rest of it to work today (because I had a LOT left over) and everyone loved it…even my friend who didn’t think she liked whole wheat pasta!  Highly recommend!