Oh how we do love pasta in my family! This recipe is another positive result of throwing together ingredients that I had available. I always keep sausage in my freezer (I buy the most delightful sausages at the local farmer’s market) and I certainly always have pasta around. The kale was the wildcard- I had made a chopped kale salad (yum!) and had leftover kale. I also had mushrooms that needed to be used, and they were a nice addition, as were the chick peas (my daughter and I both love them). I made this with regular sweet Italian sausage, but you could certainly use hot Italian sausage (or a combination of both would be great), or you could use turkey or chicken sausage. There are also such a great variety of sausage flavors available, that you could really get creative. This is a super easy fast dish to put together, great for a weeknight dinner; plus the leftovers are great for lunch.
- 1 Lb. Sausage – casing removed
- 4-5 Cloves Fresh Garlic – finely chopped
- 4 Cups Kale (or other dark green leafy vegetable) – thick stems removed
- 1/4 Cup White Wine (optional – if omitting, add extra chicken stock)
- 1/2-3/4 Cup chicken Stock (or broth)
- 3 Tomatoes, seeded and chopped
- 1 Cup Mushrooms – sliced
- 1 Cup Chick Peas
- 3/4 -1 Lb. Pasta (Penne, Rigatoni, or a hearty noodle of your choice)
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. In a large saute pan, cook sausage over medium heat (breaking up sausage into bite size chunks); transfer sausage to a paper towel lined plate and set aside. Cook garlic in pan with remaining sausage drippings until softened and fragrant but not browned. Add mushrooms and saute until mushrooms just begin to become tender. Add kale, stock and wine. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. In the meantime, add pasta to boiling water and cook according to directions – when cooked to al dente, drain and set aside. After kale and other ingredients have simmered for about 10 minutes, add tomatoes, chick peas, and cooked sausage to pan. Simmer for another 2-3 minutes just until tomatoes start to become tender. Add pasta to pan, toss until all ingredients are well incorporated. Serve immediately garnished with Parmesan cheese.