Simple Kale and Chicken Sausage Pasta

This simple pasta dish is made with quality ingredients for a quick weeknight meal or a deceptively impressive dish to serve guests.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Chicken Sausage Pasta, Kale
Servings: 4
Author: Kelli


  • 8- oz dry bowtie pasta can use other forms of pasta, just adjust pasta cooking time per package instructions
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cups kale stems removed
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ½ pint cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 1 package spicy Italian chicken sausage pre-cooked, diced
  • ¼ cup freshly shredded parmesan cheese plus extra to garnish if desired
  • Juice from ¼ lemon
  • Salt and Pepper


  • Bring medium pot of water to a boil. Once boiling add bowtie pasta and boil for 12 minutes, or until al dente.
  • Meanwhile, heat olive oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Once hot, add garlic and kale. Add pinch of salt and black pepper. Cook until kale begins to wilt, about 5 minutes.
  • Add in cherry tomatoes and chicken sausage. Cook until sausage is warmed through and tomatoes begin to break down, about 10 minutes.
  • Once pasta is cooked, drain but set aside ¼ cup of pasta water.
  • Add reserved pasta water and parmesan cheese to skillet and cook until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and add any additional salt and pepper to taste.
  • Divide pasta evenly between 4 bowls and top each with sausage and kale mixture. Serve with additional parmesan cheese if desired.