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Penne, Italian Sausage & Kale

Servings: 6 servings


  • 1/2 pound whole grain penne pasta dry
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound spicy Italian ground sausage
  • 2 tablespoons garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion chopped
  • 3/4 cup water divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 6 cups fresh baby kale chopped thin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  • Cook pasta according to package directions and drain.
  • Preheat a large sauté pan on medium-high heat. Add olive oil and sausage to pan and cook through, breaking sausage into small pieces.
  • Reduce heat to medium. Add kale, garlic and onions; cover and cook until kale is tender, about 12-15 minutes. Stir periodically.
  • Add cooked pasta, butter, lemon juice, basil, salt and pepper, mix well. Cover and cook on low for about 5 minutes.