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.