Day 81 of 365 – Kale, Sausage and Pasta


Bowtie Pasta with Spicy Sausage and Kale

inspired by Everyday Italian by Giada de Laurentis


  • 1 bunch of kale, stalks trimmed and torn into bite size pieces
  • 12 ounces mini bow tie pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound spicy Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Bring a large pot of water to boil.  Add the kale and cook until crisp-tender, about 1 minute.  Strain the kale, reserving all the cooking liquid.  Set the kale aside.  Cook the pasta in the same pot of boiling water until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes.  Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.

Meanwhile, in a large, heavy skillet, heat the oil over a medium flame.  Add the sausage and cook, breaking up with a spoon, until the sausage is brown and juices form, about 8 minutes.  Add the garlic and red pepper flakes, and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Add the kale and toss to coat.  Add the pasta and enough reserved cooking liquid, 1/4 cup at a time, to moisten.  Stir in the Parmesan cheese, salt to taste, and pepper into the pasta mixture.  Transfer to pasta bowls and serve.