Penne with Kale and Sausage


Yesterday was sunny and warm, and I loved the brief break from cold weather.  But this morning I woke up this to another freezing Dallas morning.  I haven’t stopped moving for a minute either, rushing from work meetings to a teacher parent conference.  I found myself getting home and craving a comforting winter meal that didn’t take long to prepare. This one dish penne hits the spot.  I created the simple kale and sausage penne for news anchor Shelly Slater when she asked me to help create some healthful and easy dinners.   It’s creamy and hearty and combined her family’s favorite things, sausage, kale and pasta.  With a little sprinkling of parmesan and a squeeze of lemon juice I transformed her children’s cravings into a dish the whole family could enjoy.  The best part is, in addition to being healthy, it takes 10 minutes to make.


Penne with Kale and Sausage


  • 56 sausages, sliced vertically into bite size pieces
  • 1 bunch Dino kale, washed, stemmed and chopped (or 1, 5oz box of washed and stemmed baby kale)
  • 1, 8 oz box penne pasta (I use De Boles Multi grain penne for this recipe because it has rice, quinoa and amaranth, which is healthy and full of protein and fiber for growing bodies)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 4 tbsp grated parmesan
  • splash of cream (optional)


  1. Place water to boil for pasta.
  2. Before it comes to a boil, add a generous pinch of salt.  
  3. Add pasta.  
  4. Meanwhile, in a large frying pan set to medium heat, ad the olive oil.  Add the sliced sausages and fry until they begin to brown, then flip them.  
  5. Once they are browned on all sides, add the garlic clove and sauce for just a few seconds before adding the kale.  
  6. Add lemon juice and one ladle full of the pasta cooking water.  Stir and wilt the kale.  
  7. At this point the pasta should be ready, so drain the water and add the pasta to the frying pan.  
  8. Add the splash of cream, if you’re using it, and sprinkle with half of the grated parmesan. Turn off heat, transfer the pasta to a large bowl and sprinkle with remaining parmesan.
  9. Enjoy!

Keywords: penne, sausage, pasta, kale

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