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Sausage and Kale Pasta

This Sausage and Kale Pasta is a cozy, Earthy recipe that's full of beautiful flavor. And it only takes about 30 minutes to make!
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Course: dinner
Cuisine: American, Italain
Keyword: fall pasta dish, penne pasta, Sausage and Kale Pasta, Sausage Penne Pasta
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Author: Rachel


  • 1 box penne pasta
  • 1 package of sweet or mild Italian Sausage, sliced For those buying from a butcher you can get 5-6 links.
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 3 cloves grated garlic
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 3 ears corn, with the kernels sliced off Roughly 1 cup
  • 1/2 cup pasta water
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3-4 cups of chopped kale, ribs removed
  • 1/2 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup chopped basil
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Additional basil and parsley for topping
  • Optional: Red pepper flakes
  • Additional salt for salting pasta water


  • Add extra virgin oil to a large pan on the stove and heat through. Once heated, add in slices of Italian sausage. Cook for about 6 minutes depending on thickness, 3 minutes per side over medium flame.
  • In another large pot add water and salt and bring to a boil. When boiling, add the pasta and cook according to package directions.
  • Once the sausage is cooked, remove it from the pan and set aside.
  • Turn heat to low and add in shallot and garlic and continue to stir frequently until they start to caramelize.
  • Add in the butter and stir frequently, scraping the brown bits as you go.
  • Add in fresh corn and cook for about 2 minutes.
  • Add in the pasta water.
  • Add the sausage back into the pan
  • Add the Kale to the pan. Work little by little if you need to as the kale begins to wilt.
  • Add in the chicken broth and continue to stir.
  • Add the noodles to the pan and mix to coat. Cook for about 3 more minutes.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Remove everything from the pan and add it to a large bowl. Add in the Parmesan and mix thoroughly.
  • Add in the parsley and basil and mix through.
  • Top with additional basil, parsley, salt and pepper and red pepper flakes. If you are serving individually, you can do this in each individual bowl. Enjoy!