Thursday, March 20, 2014

Sausage and Kale Pasta (Throwback Thursday)


My son absolutely adores pasta and sausage.  I wanted to add a little bit of greenery to it to make it extra yummy and healthy.  Kale is always in my fridge since I use it in so many dishes so it was easy to decide what to add to this pasta dish.   He loved it and requested the leftovers for his lunch the next day. He's so funny because every time I make a pasta dish it becomes his new favorite pasta.  Then I get asked for about a week when I will make it again.  Since this dish was so easy and full of nutritious kale, I will definitely make it for him very soon.

1 box fettuccine, linguine or spaghetti pasta cooked to al dente in well salted water
1lb Italian sausage (crumbled without casing)
2 cups of shredded kale (no stems)
1 medium onion chopped
1/8 tsp grated nutmeg
2 cloves garlic grated
red chili flakes to taste
1/4 cup chicken stock (or water and chicken bullion)
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt and black pepper to taste

Note: Save 1 cup of starchy pasta water if needed. 

 Brown sausage in a pan with some olive oil.  Then add onions and garlic and saute for a few minutes.  Next add basil, oregano, red chili flakes, nutmeg, salt and black pepper.

Then add chicken stock and chopped kale.

Add cooked pasta and toss with Parmesan cheese. If pasta seems dry add some the starchy pasta water to make creamier. Taste for seasoning then serve hot.  Enjoy.

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