Penne Pasta with Sausage and Kale

With bright red tomatoes and green kale, this hearty dish makes a festive and colorful centerpiece for a December meal. Keep it family-friendly by letting kids pick out the items they want to eat.


  • 1 package penne or other type of chunky pasta, preferably whole wheat
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped finely
  • 1 package (about 4) good quality, sweet sausages, preferably nitrate-free
  • 1/2 cup red wine (optional)
  • 1 can plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 bunch kale, finely chopped
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • parmesan cheese, grated


1. Begin cooking pasta. While the water heats, put the oil and the onions into a large, deep pan. Heat gently over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

2. When the onions have softened, slice the sausages into 1-inch lengths and add to pan. Cook until browned. Add wine (if using) and turn up heat and let the alcohol burn off, about four minutes.

3. Add tomatoes to the pan and let simmer for about five minutes. Finally, add kale. Cover and cook until kale is soft. Stir frequently.

4. When pasta is cooked, toss it with the kale and sausage mixture and serve. For picky eaters, try tossing the pasta with a dash of olive oil and serve separately, letting everyone assemble their dish as preferred. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and black pepper, if desired.

Larissa Phillips is the contributing food editor for and Dominion Parenting Media.

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