Recipe – Rigatoni with Sausage and Kale



This is a recipe I saw featured on Weight Watcher’s website.  I’m planning on trying it this weekend.  I may substitute the rigatoni for whole wheat pasta.  I also think the turkey sausage could easily be replaced with veggie crumbles for a meatless meal.




We scraped up the browned bits of food in the pan with broth, to make a simple sauce that’s well-seasoned from the sausage.


2 cups uncooked rigatoni

1/8 tsp table salt, or to taste, for cooking pasta

8 oz uncooked turkey sausage(s), sweet Italian variety

2 cloves garlic, chopped

4 cups uncooked kale, roughly chopped into bite-sized pieces

1 cup canned chicken broth

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp table salt

1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano recommended


Cook rigatoni in salted water according to package directions.

Meanwhile, remove sausage from casing and cook in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, breaking up sausage as it cooks, about 3 minutes.  Add garlic, sauté for 2 minutes.  Add kale; cook, stirring frequently, until limp, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Add broth to skillet and scrape up browned bits on bottom of skillet with a wooden spoon; season with salt and pepper. Cover skillet and reduce heat to low; cook until kale is tender, about 5 to 10 minutes. Stir in rigatoni; heat through.

Sprinkle each serving with about 2 tablespoons of cheese before serving.

Yields about 1 1/2 cups per serving.

Posted on February 1, 2012, in Recipes and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Yummy! Thanks for posting this.

  2. hi there this looks like a nice recipe. Will try it out over the weekend. I’ve lost about 2kg and hope to lose a couple more. Thanks for sharing

  3. Just connected to your site via Dashboard. My wife and I love cooking with kale and this sounds like a simplistic/delicious little recipe.

    If you feel inclined check out my gluttonous site that consumes sports, food, etc.

  4. How funny! I bookmarked this same recipe and it’s on our menu for tomorrow night!

  5. I love this recipe! I made mine with whole wheat pasta and spicy Italian chicken sausage which turned out fabulous. And the whole meal was done in the amount of time it took to cook the pasta. Definitely a keeper.

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