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Sausage and Kale Spaghetti Recipe

A quick and easy meal is always the goal on a weeknight and this sausage and kale spaghetti recipe fits the bill. All you need is some good sausage, spaghetti, kale and peppers to make this easy dish. I used hot Italian sausage and have used lamb sausage for this dish before. The sausage is a nice break from ground beef because of its delicious and unique flavor.

Sausage and Kale Spaghetti Recipe

I really love how this dish comes together with the different textures of ingredients. You could use spinach in place of kale but I like the bite that kale provides when its not overcooked. Peppers are a well known accompaniment to sausage so adding them to this dish was a no brainer. I did not go heavy on seasonings since the sausage is already packed with flavor. Just some garlic, salt and pepper will do the trick.

Sausage and Kale Spaghetti Recipe

Noticed how I mentioned a good sausage in the beginning of this post. The reason is that sausage is not recommended in most diets especially the Paleo diet, but since I am not a believer in restrictions, I suggest being very picky with your sausage. Some sausages are packed with meat fillers and lots of fat which I try to stay away from. I have decided to share some good tips for picking a good sausage that you may find helpful.

How to choose a good sausage

  1. Choose a sausage with at least 85% meat and less than 5% saturated fat.
  2. Stay away from sausage that contains additives and preservatives like sulphur dioxide
  3. Avoid sausage with very high sodium content.
  4. Always check what kind of meat is the sausage. Sometimes the front of the package may say chicken sausage but contains chicken and pork or other kinds of meat.
  5. Avoid sausage with fillers like maize, maltodextrin, hydrolysed vegetable protein and more. Fillers are used to add more weight to the sausage.

It will be very hard to find a sausage like this but they certainly exist. I usually get mine at Whole Foods and they are worth the extra 2 or 3 bucks.

Let me know if you try this Sausage and Kale Spaghetti Recipe, you can shoot me direct message or tag me on Instagram. I am always looking forward to hearing from you. If you are in need for another weeknight recipe inspiration, you may also check out my Pan Seared Salmon with cucumber dill sauce recipe

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Print Recipe
Sausage and Kale Spaghetti Recipe
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1 box spaghetti
  • 5 Italian sausages
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper sliced
  • 1/2 large yellow pepper sliced
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 5 cloves fresh garlic
  • 4 cups roughly chopped kale
  • 1 medium yellow onion sliced
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1 box spaghetti
  • 5 Italian sausages
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper sliced
  • 1/2 large yellow pepper sliced
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 5 cloves fresh garlic
  • 4 cups roughly chopped kale
  • 1 medium yellow onion sliced
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees on bake and place sausage in the oven to cook.
  2. Cook spaghetti per package instructions for about 12 minutes and set aside when cooked.
  3. While spaghetti and sausage are cooking. Slice peppers, onions, then mince tomatoes and garlic in a food processor.
  4. Remove sausage from oven cut into small pieces and cook till browed in a hot wok with olive oil. About 5 minutes.
  5. Add onions, peppers and kale to sausage and cook for about 3 minutes then add tomatoes and garlic mix.
  6. Add beef broth, cover and cook for another 5 minutes and serve.

Pappardelle with Homemade Basil Pesto Sauce

Homemade basil pesto sauce is something that I have always wanted to make but for some reason I never got to make it until a few weeks ago when I needed something different for Saturday dinner. You are probably wondering why I would need to make my own sauce instead of buying a bottle at the store . Well, this is one of those sauces were homemade is so much better. The fresh basil and garlic really beats garlic and basil that has been sitting around for a while or has been mixed with all sorts of preservatives.

Pappardelle pasta with homemade basil pesto sauce

When you make the homemade basil pesto recipe below you may find yourself with leftover sauce depending on how much you add to your pasta. The beauty of this sauce is that it can be used in different ways and I am sharing 3 of my favorite ways to use the leftover sauce right here.

3 Ways to use leftover Homemade Basil Pesto Sauce

  1. As a salad dressing: Add more olive oil and create a tasty salad dressing. I like to drizzle it over fresh tomatoes and mozzarella cheese for a non traditional Caprese salad. You can also slice cherry tomatoes in half and mix with basil pesto for a easy tomato salad.
  2. As a sandwich spread: Mix with mayonnaise or even use by itself to spread on slices of bread for a yummy Italian pesto sandwich. I like to make my sandwich with slices of roasted chicken or salami, fresh tomato slices, arugula, red onion, mozzarella cheese with the basil pesto on toasted bread.
  3. Add to your veggies: Mix leftover pesto sauce with roasted, steamed or fresh veggies for more flavor. I also love to add leftover sauce to zoodles for a yummy pasta alternative. See my post on how to make zoodles here.

A great trick for storing leftover pesto is to freeze it, it keeps very well in the freezer. Pour pesto sauce in a ice tray, wrap with cling wrap or a zip log bag and put in the freezer. Whenever you need some you can just pop a cube out as you would with ice and voila.

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Print Recipe
Pappardelle pasta with homemade basil pesto sauce
Pappardelle pasta with basil pesto sauce
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1 8oz package Pappardelle pasta
  • 2 cups fresh basil packed
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2/3 cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1 8oz package Pappardelle pasta
  • 2 cups fresh basil packed
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2/3 cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Pappardelle pasta with basil pesto sauce
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta per package directions, drain and set aside.
  2. In a large food processor, mix pine nuts, garlic, basil and pulse until finely chopped
  3. Add 1/2 the olive oil and pulse again till mixture is smooth then add the rest of the olive oil, cheese, salt and pepper. Mix till well combined.
  4. Add 2/3 of the the pesto sauce to hot pasta and serve immediately. Place remaining pesto sauce in a small bowl and set at the table for those who need extra sauce.
Recipe Notes

I used pappardelle pasta for this dish however you can use any other pasta like spaghetti or orzo.

You can also change the consistency of the sauce by adding more or less olive oil.

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