One-Pot Italian Sausage & Kale Pasta


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.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
5 servings


  • 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

  • 1 ½ teaspoons Italian seasoning

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 4 cups water

  • Finely shredded Parmesan cheese for garnish


  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.

    One-Pot Italian Sausage & Kale Pasta
    Photography / Kelsey Hansen, Styling / Sammy Mila

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

307 Calories
10g Fat
44g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Serving Size about 1 1/2 cups each
Calories 307
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 14g 28%
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Vitamin A 2370IU 47%
Vitamin C 32mg 35%
Folate 59mcg 15%
Sodium 725mg 32%
Calcium 124mg 10%
Iron 3mg 16%
Magnesium 86mg 21%
Potassium 529mg 11%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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