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Creamy Pasta with Sausage and Hardy Greens

4 to 6 Servings

45 minutes

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This simple one-pot dish was inspired by the northern Italian pairing of pasta or risotto with bitter chicories and hearty sausage. Our take employs a straightforward method: sauté onions and garlic, then incorporate sausage and your robust green of choice (lacinato kale, radicchio and escarole—or even a combination—are great). From there, rich cream, nutty Parmesan, tangy lemon juice and a splash of starchy pasta water complete the silky-smooth sauce. We love the way twisty gemelli and cavatappi catch bits of sausage and stewy greens, but feel free to use any short pasta you have on hand.

4 to 6



Don't undercook the greens. They should be fully tender, merely wilted before the pasta is added to the pot.

45 minutes


  • 1

    pound gemelli, cavatappi or other short pasta

  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper


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Yaoli Y.
March 4, 2023
Light and delicious
Very tasty, agree with others that more kale is perfect. Also added some mushrooms and red pepper flakes. Easy weeknight dinner!
Diana C.
December 16, 2022
My husband and I were both pleased with this dish. Will make again (with a little more kale)!
Brenda S.
December 10, 2022
Quick, easy, and delicious.
I increased the kale and will add more spice next time to give it some kick.
Sarah T.
November 8, 2022
Super yum
Easy to prepare, very quick and yet so tasty. Added some red pepper flakes. I say add as many ounces of kale as you do pasta. So good. So many possible future way to mix it up, too.
Beth R.
October 31, 2022
Terrific weekday pasta
I used a full 8 oz bag of chopped kale, which was about double the quantity called for, but omitted the parsley. Since kale cooks down to nothing, I will continue to use this amount and perhaps decrease pasta to 12 oz. Also added Campo dei Fiori (seasoning mix from Rome) which contains red pepper flakes. Will make again!