It’s cold and rainy here in So.Cal, so I was in the need of some comfort food. I wanted to use up some Kale and so here’s what I came up with… Let me know what ya think!
Winter Kale Pasta W/ Turkey Sausage
Yield: Serves 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
- 1 lb. of whole grain pasta
- 3 links hot turkey sausage, removed from casings
- ½ red onion, chopped
- 4-5 cloves of garlic
- Pinch of red pepper flakes
- 2 bunches of kale, stemmed and chopped
- 1 cup of chicken stock
- 1-2 tbsp of white whole wheat flour
- A cup of reserved pasta water
- ½ cup dried cherries
- ¼ cup pine nuts
- A handful of crumbled feta
Cook pasta according to the package, reserving one cup of pasta water.
Heat a large non-stick Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add sausage and break up with a spatula. Allow sausage to cook for about five minutes or until it is no longer pink.
Push sausage to one side and add one teaspoon of olive oil along with the onions, garlic, red pepper flakes, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Combine sausage with veggies and cook for another three to five minutes.
Add kale and chicken broth to the pot, cover and turn the heat up. You’ll let this cook about five minutes or so, until all the kale has wilted down.
In the meantime, whisk the flour with a ½ cup of pasta water. You want to play with this a little, adding some more water and flour until you have a thick, creamy, consistency.
Once the kale is wilted pour the “sauce” in and stir it all together. Stir in the cherries and the pine nuts.
Serve topped with crumbled feta… Enjoy!!
Nutrients per 1/6th of recipe; Calories: 511; Total Fat: 14.4g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Cholesterol: 32mg; Sodium: 483mg; Carbohydrate: 70.7g; Dietary Fiber: 14.1g; Sugars: 7.8g; Protein: 27.2g