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Pasta with Italian Sausage, Kale and Mushrooms

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 -8 servings 1x

Description

This delicious Pasta with Italian Sausage, Kale and Mushrooms is full of big savory flavors, it’s easy to prepare, and can be made vegetarian if you’d like!


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Ingredients

  • 1 pound uncooked pasta (I used campanelle)
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound Italian sausage (traditional, chicken or Field Roast*), sliced into rounds or crumbled
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 pound (16 ounces) baby bella or white button mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 bunch fresh kale, roughly chopped (coarse stems removed)
  • 8 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly-sliced (or minced)
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine**
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • lots and lots of Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta in a large stock pot of generously-salted boiling water al dente according to package instructions.   Then reserve about 1/4 cup of pasta water on the side for later.  Drain the pasta, and set it aside.
  2. Meanwhile, as the pasta water is heating and the pasta is cooking, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat.  Add the Italian sausage and sauté, flipping and stirring occasionally, until the sausage is browned and crispy on both sides.  Transfer the sausage to a separate plate with a slotted spoon, and set aside.
  3. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons oil to the pan (or add less oil if you’re using traditional sausage that left behind grease after cooking), and add the mushrooms.  Sauté for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until browned.  Then add in the kale and garlic, and sauté for 3-4 minutes more, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is fragrant and the kale is softened.  Add in the white wine and crushed red pepper flakes, and stir to combine.  Simmer for 1 minute.
  4. Combine the cooked pasta with the mushroom mixture and sausage, and toss to combine.  Stir in some of the reserved pasta water if you’d like a slightly more saucy pasta.
  5. Serve immediately, garnished with lots of Parmesan cheese.