Friday, October 17, 2014

Chicken Sausage and Wilted Kale Pasta


A delicious and easy pasta dish made with chicken sausage, kale and apple cider vinegar.
Chicken Sausage and Wilted Kale Pasta
Chicken Sausage and Wilted Kale Pasta

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Sundays are lazy days at my house this time of year. Sundays are reserved for football, food and much needed
down time before starting another work week. Last Sunday I had not planned my game day menu ahead of time and had to come up with something from what I had on hand. I live about twenty minutes from the nearest grocery store, a forty minute round trip was not on the agenda on lazy Sunday. Not to mention that would require me changing from my beloved yoga pants and tee shirt into attire that would make me presentable in public.

So after rummaging through the kitchen,I pulled together the ingredients for this chicken sausage and wilted kale pasta. I had some beautiful kale, fresh from the garden, that a friend had given me the day before. I usually keep pasta and canned tomatoes on hand for quick meals and occasions such as this. You learn to keep a well stocked pantry when there isn't a grocery store right around the corner! 

This dish came together in thirty minutes with minimal clean up. Talk about a great lazy day dish, this is at the top of the list. We also had leftovers for the next night which I put into a casserole dish, added a layer of mozzarella cheese to the top and baked until warmed through. Perfecto!

Chicken Sausage and Wilted Kale Pasta
Chicken Sausage and Wilted Kale Pasta
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Chicken Sausage and Wilted Kale Pasta


16 Ounces Chicken Sausages – Cut into half moon slices*
16 Ounces Pasta – I used Penne
8 Ounces Kale – I stemmed and tore into smaller pieces, you could definitely use more if desired
1 Can Diced Tomatoes - Do not drain
3 Garlic Cloves - pressed or finely chopped
1 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
1/2 Cup Water
1 Chicken Bouillon Cube
2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
Salt and Pepper to taste, if desired
Parmesan or Mozzarella Cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.

To a large pot add water and bouillon cube on medium heat. Once bouillon cubes starts to dissolve, add garlic and red pepper flakes.  Let simmer together for five minutes add kale, tomatoes and chicken sausages. Cover and heat through until kale starts to wilt about ten minutes on medium heat. Add cooked pasta and apple cider vinegar and stir to mix thoroughly. Serve topped with parmesan or mozzarella cheese.


*I used chicken sausages that were flavored with thyme and sage, they added quite a bit of flavor here. I would recommend using the herbed chicken sausages if you can find them. If you can't find the herbed chicken sausages, you may want to consider adding a half a teaspoon to a teaspoon of dried sage and thyme to this dish. Depending on your tastes for these herbs.


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17 comments:

  1. Oh, I love chicken sausage.
    Annamaria

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    1. I do to Annamaria, thanks for visiting!

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  2. G'day! Looks yum and thanks for sharing at our #SayGdayParty
    Please make sure to revisit if you haven't already to Say G'day to the hosts and another person at the party!
    Cheers! Joanne @ What's On The List Pinned

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  3. This looks like a wonderful dish that hits all the recipes notes, healthy, colorful, yummy and easy! I will give your creation a try.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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    1. Hi Susan, I hope you do get a chance to try it, you will enjoy. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. This is the type of pasta dish that I love. Sounds like it was easy to make and delicious. Plus I love the colors of this dish.

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    1. Hi Dawn, easy and delicious is my favorite. Thanks for visiting!

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  5. This recipe also looks so delicious! And again with quick and easy:) I'm not big on kale but I'm sure this would be great with spinach!

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    1. Hi Adrian, spinach would be a great substitute for kale. Quick and easy food could be my motto! Thanks for visiting!

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  6. I love kale...and pairing it with the yummy other ingredients make it even better!

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    1. I love kale too, by itself or paired! So nutritious as well! Thanks for visiting!

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  7. I really like incorporating kale into pasta or potato dishes. This is a great way to do it! Thanks for sharing it with Hump Day Happenings.

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    1. Thanks Jenna, I have never tried kale with potatoes. Hmmm maybe I will give that a test run! Thanks for visiting!

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  8. Oh, I love dishes that are quick and easy to make and taste delicious too. Winner!!

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning. This was one of our readers favourites this week and will be featured next week!

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    1. Thanks Catherine, always happy to link up at Marvelous Monday at Smart Party Planning. So glad to be featured, thank you for the opportunity!

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  9. Chicken sausage is one of the best ;)



    I would have to cut a few things, but I could eat this chili! Whoop!!

    Thanks for linking up with us last week at Teach Me Tuesday. We very much appreciate having you. Hope to see you again this week. Starts Monday evening @ 8pm CST.

    Have a great week!!

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