Creamy Sausage & Kale Pasta


This quick, comforting gluten-free pasta is perfect for weeknights when cooler weather sets in. Red lentil pasta is coated in a creamy, savory sauce flavored with sausage and packed with plenty of kale. Serve with a green salad on the side.

Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 8 ounces red lentil pasta

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 8 ounces Italian sausage, casings removed

  • 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ½ cup tomato paste

  • ½ cup white wine

  • ½ cup heavy cream

  • 1 bunch kale, chopped (about 6 cups)

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Save 1 cup of the pasta cooking water, then drain.

  2. Heat oil in a large high-sided skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook, breaking it up with the back of a wooden spoon, until crumbled and cooked through, about 4 minutes. Add garlic, oregano and pepper; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add tomato paste; cook, stirring, until it melts down and darkens slightly, about 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add wine and cook, stirring, until fully incorporated, about 30 seconds. Stir in cream, then kale; cook until the kale is wilted, about 2 minutes. Add the cooked pasta and toss to combine. Sprinkle Parmesan over the pasta and add the pasta water, a couple of tablespoons at a time, tossing gently until the cheese is melted and the sauce evenly coats the pasta. Garnish with more Parmesan, if desired.

    Creamy Sausage & Kale Pasta

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

473 Calories
29g Fat
31g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 1/2 cups
Calories 473
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 22g 44%
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 84mg 28%
Vitamin A 3468IU 69%
Sodium 738mg 32%

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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