Creamy Kale and Turkey Sausage Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes


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.

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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

4.88 from 8 votes

Such a tasty hearty pasta recipe! Penne pasta, sausage, sun dried tomatoes and kale are tossed with a rich and creamy sauce. It's a dinner the whole family will love!

Servings: 5
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 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


  1. Cook pasta according to directions on package, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta water for the pasta sauce.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Recipe source: Cooking Classy
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Penne Pasta, Sausage Pasta
Author: Jaclyn
Creamy Kale and Turkey Sausage Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes | Cooking Classy



  • Shannon: One of my family’s favorites! I do lighten it up and use unsweetened almond milk and eliminate the cream all together. I also use gluten free noodles and depending on what I have sometimes spinach instead of kale. Thank you for sharing this recipe. July 15, 2019 at 3:16pm Reply

  • Kisha: I made this yesterday and it was ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!!!! The only change was, I love garlic so i used 6, I couldn’t find Turkey sausage, so i used regular but I followed the recipe exactly. Tons of flavor, will definitely be making this again!! February 4, 2019 at 9:21am Reply

  • Rose: I’ve made this recipe many times and my family loves it. I always throw in more kale and sub more milk in place of the cream. Delicious! August 19, 2018 at 8:31am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review! August 22, 2018 at 11:19am Reply

  • Nicole: I lightened this up a bit and it was still super yummy! Had it over spaghetti squash, didn’t add oil to cook the sausage, and used light cream. Still totally delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipe! May 6, 2018 at 5:00pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you liked it! May 9, 2018 at 9:36am Reply

  • Amber: This is a favorite in our home. I make it with some pasta I make from scratch and add some red pepper flakes. It’s amazing and pretty quick and easy to make. January 15, 2018 at 3:34pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for taking the time to leave a review Amber! January 17, 2018 at 1:00pm Reply

  • C.: I’ve made this recipe so many times – one of my faves! Comfort food for sure. December 30, 2017 at 6:08pm Reply

  • Kerry: This looks absolutely wonderful, but I can’t have any dairy. What would you recommend I use instead of the heavy cream? I’ve used almond milk or coconut milk in recipes before, and I’ve also used full fat coconut milk instead of cream. Do you think that would work for this recipe? December 9, 2017 at 8:14pm Reply

    • Crystal: Soak cashews in water overnight and whirl them in a blender until thick and creamy. I usually use about a third cup with twice as much water, but you can adjust as you like. Great for Alfredo too!
      (Also, can’t wait to try this tonight!! I’ll be using cashew cream ;) ) March 23, 2019 at 4:10pm Reply

  • Bob: One of my favorite recipes. Instantly went into the monthly rotation. November 20, 2017 at 10:41pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you like it Bob! November 21, 2017 at 11:49am Reply

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