I came up with this pasta recipe to incorporate kale into our diet. My husband had thirds the first night I made it and he is not a fan of kale (or anything green). Even the kids loved it! Enjoy.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook gemelli at a boil, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes.

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  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add tomato, onion, and garlic; saute for 3 minutes. Pour in chicken broth and scrape the bottom of the pan to deglaze browned bits. Add kale and cook, tossing occasionally, until wilted and tender, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  • While kale is cooking, reserve 1/2 cup pasta water, and drain pasta. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly with a whisk, for 1 minute. Pour in milk slowly while whisking vigorously to smooth lumps. Season with salt and pepper and continue to cook until mixture begins to bubble and thicken, 7 to 10 minutes. Add reserved pasta water to reach desired consistency as needed. Remove sauce from heat.

  • Pour sauce into sausage mixture, add drained pasta, and toss to evenly coat. Serve warm topped with Parmesan cheese.

Cook's Note:

Cook pasta according to individual package instructions, minus 1 minute of the designated cooking time.

Nutrition Facts

458 calories; 23.5 g total fat; 52 mg cholesterol; 457 mg sodium. 45.8 g carbohydrates; 17.6 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
11/04/2019
Hubby and I enjoyed this. I used Italian turkey sausage and orzo since that's what I had on hand. I only had 4 oz. of pasta and that was plenty for the dish I wouldn't use the full amount listed in the recipe because we prefer things a bit saucier. I also didn't need the reserved pasta water; next time I would just add extra milk if needed. Kale is a bit tough and even though I cooked it longer than stated I would cook it even longer next time to help reduce the chewiness. But this was a nice one-dish meal. The combination of flavors was really good. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/04/2019
Hubby and I enjoyed this. I used Italian turkey sausage and orzo since that's what I had on hand. I only had 4 oz. of pasta and that was plenty for the dish I wouldn't use the full amount listed in the recipe because we prefer things a bit saucier. I also didn't need the reserved pasta water; next time I would just add extra milk if needed. Kale is a bit tough and even though I cooked it longer than stated I would cook it even longer next time to help reduce the chewiness. But this was a nice one-dish meal. The combination of flavors was really good. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2019
To be honest I didn't think this would be that good. I had most of the ingredients and I needed something that was fast not spicy (husband) and would use some of the kale I had in the fridge. I made some changes based on groceries on hand. I used 1# Johnsonville sweet Italian bulk sausage subbed mini penne for gemelli used 1 can of evaporated 2% milk and used garlic granules in place of fresh. It turned out waaay better than I had hoped though I used only 1/2 of the cooked pasta there was just not enough sauce for all of it. Also didn't have a fresh tomato so I drained a can of diced tomatoes and used 1/2 in place of the tomato. Though some of the recipes I've tried lately were duds this was worth my time and I will make it again so thanks for the post. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2020
My husband and I both loved this recipe! It’s a keeper. I doubled it and added a little italian seasoning and red pepper flakes but otherwise followed as written. I usually don’t choose recipes with so few reviews but I wanted to use up some kale and it sounded great. Try it! It’s great! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/04/2019
Hubby and I enjoyed this. I used Italian turkey sausage and orzo since that's what I had on hand. I only had 4 oz. of pasta and that was plenty for the dish I wouldn't use the full amount listed in the recipe because we prefer things a bit saucier. I also didn't need the reserved pasta water; next time I would just add extra milk if needed. Kale is a bit tough and even though I cooked it longer than stated I would cook it even longer next time to help reduce the chewiness. But this was a nice one-dish meal. The combination of flavors was really good. Read More