Creamy Kale and Turkey Sausage Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes

03.02.2015

Creamy Kale and Turkey Sausage Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes | Cooking Classy

This Creamy Kale and Turkey Sausage Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes is definitely one of my new favorites! It’s been a while since I’ve shared a pasta recipe so I thought I should catch up, and since it’s been a while it had better be good! Oh and it is.

I was skeptical about turkey sausage, but I wanted to make this pasta lighter so I decided to give it a chance. I liked it just as much as any Italian pork sausage and it’s likely going to replace it in many recipes I make the majority of the time. I can’t wait to try it in this Zuppa Toscana Soup. If you are new to turkey sausage too, I used Jenn-o brand and I really liked it. I found it in the poultry section by the ground turkey.

Just a word of advice, buy the larger jar of sun dried tomatoes so you can use half for this recipe then use the other half for this irresistible Sun Dried Tomato Basil Hummus. It is seriously amazing!

You are going to love this pasta and since it uses plenty of fresh kale, turkey sausage and a lighter cream sauce you can feel good about eating it!

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Creamy Kale and Turkey Sausage Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes

Yield: About 5 servings

Creamy Kale and Turkey Sausage Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes

Ingredients

  • 12 oz (about 3 3/4 cups) dry penne pasta
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb Italian turkey sausage links (about 4 sausage links), casings removed, sausage crumbled (hot or mild, not sweet)
  • 10 sun dried tomatoes in oil (1/2 cup), drained, patted dry with paper towels, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 bunch (8 oz) kale, thick ribs removed, chopped (4 cups packed)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese

Directions

  • Cook pasta according to directions on package, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta water for the pasta sauce.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet heat 1 Tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook, stirring occasionally until golden brown and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add in sun dried tomatoes and garlic and saute 30 seconds longer. Add in chicken broth and scrape bottom of pan to deglaze browned bits. Add kale, cook and toss occasionally until wilted and tender, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • While kale is cooking, in a medium saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and cook stirring constantly 1 minute. While whisking slowly pour in milk and whisk vigorously to smooth lumps. Season with salt and pepper to taste and cook until mixture beings to bubble and thicken. Remove from heat, stir in cream and parmesan cheese. Pour milk mixture into sausage mixture along with drained pasta and toss to evenly coat. Stir in up to 1/2 cup reserved pasta water to reach desired consistency (as it sits the pasta will being to soak up the sauce so you can thin it out as needed with that pasta water). Serve warm.
  • Recipe source: Cooking Classy
http://www.cookingclassy.com/2015/03/creamy-kale-and-turkey-sausage-pasta-with-sun-dried-tomatoes/

Creamy Kale and Turkey Sausage Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes | Cooking Classy

 

16 comments

  • Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat: What a pretty pasta! I would love some of this right now with spicy italian sausage! March 2, 2015 at 5:26pm Reply

  • Laura ~ Raise Your Garden: This just looks marvelous! I like the Jenni-o Turkey sausage as well. I’m new to working with sausage because sometimes it scares me, but it’s good in recipes! March 3, 2015 at 7:11am Reply

  • Rachel @ Bakerita: This dish looks amazing! That creamy sauce looks so good, especially with sun dried tomatoes – one of my favorites! This is pure comfort food, and looks perfect on a cold day like today. March 3, 2015 at 4:29pm Reply

  • Shawn @ I Wash You Dry: Holy smokes, this looks so fantastic! I am loving all the flavors going on here. March 3, 2015 at 10:27pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Shawn! March 9, 2015 at 1:43pm Reply

  • Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg: A perfect meal for a cold evening. I love the mixture of turkey sausage and sun dried tomatoes. YUM! March 4, 2015 at 8:20am Reply

  • Saturday’s Dish: That looks like a delicious, yet easy recipe! I’m definitely going to try this myself – thanks for sharing :) March 4, 2015 at 10:51am Reply

  • Jen @ Baked by an Introvert: This looks incredible! I am so digging the addition of sun dried tomatoes. I want to make this NOW! March 4, 2015 at 3:31pm Reply

  • Vizhen: My boyfriend made it for us this week. It was delicious. I love sun dried tomatoes but i think I prefer or have gotten use to the ones in bag. He used the jarred tomatoes as suggested. They didn’t seem to have or add as much flavor to the dish as I think the ones in the bag would have added. He’s a great cook and I’m sure we will make this again but will try it out with spinach next time. March 29, 2015 at 3:27am Reply

  • Ellen: Would this work with a lighter cream sauce? (Wondering if low fat or skim milk and ½ and ½ for heavy cream would work. Looks so good, but i wouldn’t call it a light cream sauce as written. April 7, 2015 at 9:51pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: That should be just fine, the sauce won’t be quite as thick but should still be delicious! April 7, 2015 at 10:42pm Reply

  • Jenn: A friend of mine made this recipe for dinner one night. She had adapted it from a friend as well! She made the sauce using cashews blended with water, something like this recipe outlines:
    http://bbritnell.com/2015/02/creamy-basil-cashew-pasta-vegan/
    It was delicious! September 8, 2015 at 6:21pm Reply

  • Alesha: tried this yesterday and it was increeedible!
    stayed true to recipe except for adding mushrooms. Everyone was fawning. Thanks for this delicious meal! October 16, 2015 at 5:53pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad it was enjoyed Alesha! October 16, 2015 at 8:54pm Reply

  • Julie: I just made this tonight, and my whole family loved it! I have tried many of your recipes, and they are all great! You’re my favorite recipe site. Thank you! April 7, 2016 at 4:20pm Reply

  • Christina: Has anyone subsituted milk for almond milk? July 25, 2016 at 8:28am Reply

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