This recipe is another great way to utilize kale. This is originally a recipe I got from Weight Watchers which I have adapted for my own tastes. Prep time: 10 min.Cook time: 16 min.Serves: 4. Make sure you use a LARGE skillet because of volume of kale until it cooks down some. The changes are in bold italics:
|2 cup(s) uncooked rigatoni|
|1/8 tsp table salt, or to taste, for cooking pasta|
|8 oz uncooked turkey sausage(s), sweet or spicy variety (If you aren’t calorie conscious regular pork sausage makes it tastier)|
|4 cup(s) uncooked kale, roughly chopped into bite-sized pieces|
|1 cup(s) canned chicken broth *I tended to need more like 3 cups of broth to make the sauce|
|1/4 tsp black pepper & 1/4 tsp table salt & a pinch of red pepper flakes (if like spice)|
|1 onion (chopped) & 3 cloves of garlic (minced or pressed)|
|1/2 cup(s) shredded Parmesan cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano recommended|
- Cook rigatoni in salted water according to package directions.
- Meanwhile, remove sausage from casing and cook in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, breaking up sausage as it cooks, about 3 minutes.
- Push sausage to side of the pan and add the onion and garlic (and red pepper flakes if want some spice). Cook until tender.
- Add kale; cook, stirring frequently, until limp, about 3 to 5 minutes.
- Add broth (1 to 3 cups depending on how much sauce you like) to skillet and scrape up browned bits on bottom of skillet with a wooden spoon; season with salt and pepper. Cover skillet and reduce heat to low; cook until kale is tender, about 5 to 10 minutes. Stir in rigatoni; heat through.
- Sprinkle each serving with about 2 tablespoons of cheese before serving. Yields about 1 1/2 cups per serving.
- I have also made this with mushrooms to add a little bit of earthiness to the recipe. Throw in the mushrooms while after cooking the onion/garlic and before adding the kale.
- You can make this dish vegetarian by swapping cannellini beans for the sausage and vegetable broth for the chicken broth
Weight Watchers Recipe: Ratings (1376) and 8 PointsPlus Value