One-Pot Italian Sausage & Kale Pasta

One-Pot Italian Sausage & Kale Pasta

8 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, December 2016

For a fast weeknight pasta dinner, why not cook your sauce and pasta all at once? By using the exact amount of water you need to cook the pasta—no colanders here—the starch that cooks off into your pasta water, which you usually drain away, stays in the pot, giving you delectably creamy results.

Ingredients 5 servings

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  • 8 ounces whole-wheat rotini or penne
  • 8 ounces Italian sausage, casing removed, crumbled
  • 6 cups chopped kale
  • 1 14 ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons pesto
  • 1½ teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 4 cups water
  • Finely shredded Parmesan cheese for garnish


  • Prep

  • Ready In

  1. Combine pasta, sausage, kale, tomatoes, onion, garlic, pesto, Italian seasoning, salt and crushed red pepper in a large pot. Stir in water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil, stirring frequently, until the pasta is cooked and the water has almost evaporated, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Serve garnished with Parmesan, if desired.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about 1½ cups each
  • Per serving: 307 calories; 10 g fat(3 g sat); 6 g fiber; 44 g carbohydrates; 14 g protein; 59 mcg folate; 15 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 2,370 IU vitamin A; 32 mg vitamin C; 124 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 725 mg sodium; 529 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (53% daily value), Vitamin A (47% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 3
  • Exchanges: 2½ starch, 1½ vegetable, ½ medium-fat meat, ½ fat

Reviews 8

October 25, 2018
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I made this last night and it was amazing! I added a little bit of pepper, garlic salt and a whole chilli to give it that kick and also cooked the meat, garlic, onion and chilli first before boiling it all together Definitely a meal I’ll make all the time from now on!
October 21, 2018
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By: Kim
I just made this with my boyfriend and we are super happy with it. I added a little cayenne pepper for spice. Groceries are expensive and in our area this cost us around $5 per meal/ 6 servings.
October 18, 2017
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By: Wanick Fayette
Great all around. You have to make it your own. I read comments about how bland and tasteless it was, I simply added my favorite seasonings .
April 12, 2017
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I saw this in the magazine and thought Eureka!, what a great idea, but hesitated after seeing the negative reviews. Made it anyway and glad I did! I will say that I browned the sausage and half the onion in the pot then took it them out before adding the rest of the ingredients. Added them towards the end of cooking, otherwise made it exactly as written. I agreed with another reviewer that I didn't like boiled meat, but it might have turned out fine as written. That said, was really good and will make again for sure. It seems to be a very adaptable recipe to different flavor profiles so look forward to experimenting with this in future! Good job!
April 04, 2017
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By: gvasqu
I wont be making this again. I followed all the instructions to a T and the end product was very bland. I tried adding more seasonings to this but I was unable to salvage this meal.
March 22, 2017
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By: Kayleigh
I will not be making this again. I saw it and thought, "Oh wow, it looks so easy and good." It's easy, but not good. The flavor is just not there for me.
March 12, 2017
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By: Kim Curwen
Very good and easy. I fried the sausage up separately and added to the end as I am not a fan of boiled meat.
January 20, 2017
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By: Devon O'Brien
I love how easy this recipe is! I've tried it with gluten-free pasta and it works just as well (you just have to add a little extra liquid).
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