Kale and Sausage Casarecci

Pasta is definitely, hands down, one of my favourite things. It is the one thing that I simply cannot resist going back for seconds, even thirds. Oops.

Pasta is also a great quick and easy midweek meal. (Just in time for a weekend post, I know, sorry!) ¬†This recipe in particular, is all of that, plus its cheap. It is also packed with flavour which sometimes you don’t get with a quick, easy and cheap meal.

I think the combination of tasty salty sausage and chicken stock, sweet and juicy sultanas and the crunchy nuttiness of pine nuts, plus the goodness of kale, makes it a pretty perfect dish. I sort of made this one up so if you try it, let me know what you think.

Serves 4

500g Casarecci pasta, or any other shape you like
4 Italian sausages, removed from casing
1 tbs olive oil
1 cup chicken stock
1 bunch of kale, roughly chopped
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
1/4 cup sultanas
1/4 cup parmesan
Salt and pepper

First get your pasta on. Boil in a large pot of salted water according to the directions.

To start your sauce, fry off the sausage meat in the oil using a fork to break up the meat, until browned. Add the chicken stock and sultanas and simmer for about 10 minutes or until slightly reduced. Check seasoning and add salt and pepper as desired.

Once the pasta is about a minute away from being done, add the kale and stir well so kale is submerged. Cook for a further minute and then drain, reserving a little pasta water. Return the pasta, kale and water to the pot. Add the sausage and stock mix to the pasta and stir well.

Serve in bowls and top with pine nut and parmesan. Told you it was easy.


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