Lemony Italian Sausage Pasta w/ Kale

ground turkey recipes spicy italian sausage pasta with kale and lemon

Simple ground turkey recipes are becoming a favorite of mine. If you have pasta in your pantry, try this Lemony Spicy Italian Sausage Pasta with Kale. To add spiciness to this recipe, I added some dried red hot chili pepper. I used sweet Italian turkey sausage and sauteed the sausage until it was fully cooked and had a nice brown color. This pasta dish recipe would be perfect for any weeknight with just a little time after work. Pop the leftovers in the fridge or freezer and you’ll have a quick meal ready for lunch. If you are looking for more pasta recipes, check out this creamy pasta sausage with kale recipe.

Lemony Spicy Italian Sausage Pasta
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2
  • 1/2 pound Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage
  • 1 bunch Kale cut into small pieces
  • 2 cups Uncooked Farfalle Pasta
  • 4 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 5 cloves Garlic sliced
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Red Chili Pepper Flakes add more according to your liking
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • Salt/Pepper to taste
  • 1/2 Lemon Juiced (add more according to your liking)
  • Parmesan Cheese
  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over moderate high heat then cook sausage, use a spoon to break any lumps and continue to cook until browed for about 7 minutes.  Remove from the skillet and set aside.

  2. Blanch kale in a salted boiling water, uncovered for about 2 minutes. Remove kale from the heat and drain well.

  3. Cook pasta in a salted boiling water, uncovered until al dente. Remove from the heat, drain well and reserve 1/4 cup pasta cooking water for later use.

  4. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet, stir in garlic, saute until it’s fragrant. 

  5. Add red chili pepper, Italian Seasoning and cooked turkey sausage, then keep stirring. Cook for about 1 minute.

  6. Add kale, pasta and 1/4 cup reserved cooking water and lemon juice to skillet. Cook for about 2-3 minutes.

  7. Season with salt/pepper to taste.

  8. Stir in cheese, remove from the heat and serve immediately.

ground turkey recipes spicy italian sausage pasta with kale and lemon



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  • Reply
    Mar 7, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    This seems like a pretty straight forward pasta dish to make after looking over your recipe. We enjoy using the kale but might substitute spinach sometimes. The sweet sausage give a great flavor and using the fun bow tie pasta makes the dish stand out.

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    Alli Smith
    Mar 8, 2017 at 3:00 am

    I love the addition of dried chili peppers since I enjoy a little kick of spice in my foods. This looks like something my husband would love also. You always share the most delicious looking food.

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    Risky Ladies
    Mar 8, 2017 at 7:01 am

    My son would love this meal. He is such a huge fan of turkey sausage and kale.

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    Ady @ VGB
    Mar 8, 2017 at 7:18 am

    I love turkey sausage! This looks really good. I’m not sure about the Kale, honestly I’ve never had it! But it looks like a great meal to try !

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    Mar 8, 2017 at 8:42 am

    This recipe looks so good. I love Italian sausage and pasta so it’s a win win for me!

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    Pam Wattenbarger
    Mar 8, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    My husband really likes Italian sausage, and I love pasta. This meal would make both of us pretty happy!

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    Christy Maurer
    Mar 8, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    I make something similar to this, but without the kale. I will have to try adding it next time! It looks delicious!

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    Annemarie LeBlanc
    Mar 8, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    I am loving your pasta recipes! They all look so good and tasty. I will try to make this spicy Italian Sausage pasta too.

  • Reply
    Mar 8, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    This looks amazing. I love the bow-tie pasta, and the rest of it is making me hungry right now. It seems like definitely something I could do.

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    Katie Kinsley
    Mar 8, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    I’m not sure how lemon and kale taste together, but it sounds like an okay recipe! I love bowties pasta and vineagrette together, so this must work!

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    Jacqui S
    Mar 8, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    I keep seeing delish looking meals with kale and have yet to try it. I don’t know why I’m waiting! lol. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    Valerie Gray (@valmg)
    Mar 8, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    We’re big fans of sweet Italian sausage with pasta. I’m not sure if hubby likes kale or not, I don’t particularly so I don’t buy it.

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    Terri Ramsey Beavers
    Mar 9, 2017 at 7:52 am

    That looks so good. I just bought some Italian sausage and am on a hunt for a recipe. I am going to try yours, it looks and sounds amazing.

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    Jenn @ EngineerMommy
    Mar 9, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Oooh, I love pasta with sausage inside.This recipe looks and sounds so delicious. I would love to try this recipe this weekend. It would be perfect for dinner!

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    Shannon Graham
    Mar 9, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    My friend is obsessed with kale. I’ve never seen her make or try something like this before though so I’ll have to share the recipe with her!

  • Reply
    Bonnie Gowen
    Mar 9, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    That looks really good. I will have to try this really soon. I think we would all like it.

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    Rose's Daughter
    Mar 11, 2017 at 3:25 am

    Ohh this looks really good!! I love anything with sausage so I know this is delicious!

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