Pasta with Kale, Fennel, and Chicken Sausage

What can I say? I have a thing for pasta.

First of all, let it be known that I love carbs. Second, pasta is so simple to make, even I can’t screw it up. And finally, it’s a quick meal. This easy dinner recipe adds in a lot of veggies and the sausage makes it more filling than your typical pasta + bottled sauce combination. Goat cheese is my favorite everything and adding it to pasta creates a creamy sauce.

Pasta with Kale, Fennel, and Chicken Sausage. Goat cheese makes this creamy, tangy pasta.

Pasta with Kale, Fennel, and Chicken Sausage

Adapted from a Door to Door Organics Recipe
Servings: 4
8 oz. whole wheat pasta
1 TBSP butter
Fennel bulb, sliced thin
Yellow onion, sliced thin
1 cup kale, chopped
1 TBSP orange zest
Juice of an orange
3 links Trader Joe’s chicken sausage (any variety), chopped
4 oz. goat cheese
8 TBSP Parmesan cheese

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving approximately 1/2 cup of pasta water.
  2. In a saute pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions and fennel and saute for 7-10 minutes until soft. Add kale after 2-3 minutes. Add chicken sausage after 3 minutes. Note: Trader Joe’s chicken sausage is already cooked and therefore needs only a few minutes to heat through. If you’re using uncooked sausage, you’ll want to remove it from the casing, saute it first, then remove it with a slotted spoon before adding the vegetables to the pan.
  3. Add orange zest and the juice of half of an orange. Saute for one additional minute.
  4. Add  4 TBSP of pasta water, goat cheese, Parmesan cheese, and pasta to the saute pan and mix with sausage and vegetables.

One thought on “Pasta with Kale, Fennel, and Chicken Sausage

  1. This recipe looks great! I actually tried something like this a while back, and this just brought back so many nostalgic memories, haha! I love cooking stuff like this. I always try to find new recipes on forums and I got great ones emailed to me from and I genuinely enjoy them. Anyways, thanks for posting this dish, I really need to make this more often!

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