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Hot Italian Sausage Pasta

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So yesterday was #nationalpastaday, so obviously we had to celebrate! We have an amazing local butcher nearby that makes the most amazing sausages, so I thought I would buy a spicy Italian sausage to use as the base for this dish. This was a total culinary experiment, and it was delicious!

Families – again, this is a great dish to sneak in a leafy green!  I added kale to this because it had the flavor I was looking for, but if you want something a little lighter, you could add spinach, collards, or chard.

We love pasta, and I feel like I start every blog with an emphatic statement like this, but by now you can tell, we just love food! We don’t love cream sauces or creamy pastas, so in general our pasta dishes are pretty healthy and balanced, this being no exception.  You could sub in a veggie noodle here or a gluten free pasta, but for now we will leave the recipe as it is.

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What you need:

  • 1lb hot Italian sausage (removed from the casing)
  • 1-2 portobello mushrooms cubed
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 3 garlic gloves minced
  • 1/2 bunch of kale removed from the stems and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup of white wine (chardonnay is a great option)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of pecorino Romano cheese
  • Pasta of your choice

Set a large pot of salted water to boil for your pasta. We used trotolle, but feel free to use any type of pasta you like.

In a large non-stick pan, add a small amount of olive oil and warm over medium-high heat.

Add in your shallot and garlic and cook for 2-3min until soft.  Add in your sausage meat removed from the casing and break it apart while cooking for about 10 minutes.

Add in your portobello mushrooms and cook for a further 5 minutes.

Add in your kale and wine and cook down for about 5 minutes.

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Finally stir in your pecorino.  If your pan is big enough add your cooked pasta to it, if not, mix your hot pasta with your hot sausage mixture in a large bowl.

Reserve some pecorino to sprinkle on top for serving.

It’s best to drink the same wine you added into the pasta to really bring out the flavors! It’s even better to drink this wine while cooking!

Enjoy!

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