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.

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

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

4.8 from 5 votes

Yield: About 5 servings


  • 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

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  • 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:
    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

  • Megan @ Meg’s Meal Planning: Just made this and sharing it on my meal planning blog! Loved it! August 9, 2017 at 5:09am Reply

  • Jean: So delicious! Made this for my family and my in-laws and everyone loved it!! November 3, 2017 at 6:24pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for letting me know! November 6, 2017 at 12:24pm Reply

  • Carol: Made this today
    Family loved it
    I replaced the kale with spinach November 11, 2017 at 3:54pm 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

  • 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

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

  • 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

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