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Lemony Italian Sausage Pasta

This Lemony Italian Sausage Pasta comes together in no time. It’s quick, easy, and uses minimal ingredients.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 353 kcal


  • ½ pound Sweet Italian turkey sausage
  • 1 bunch kale, (cut into small pieces)
  • 2 cups uncooked farfalle pasta
  • 4 tablespoon olive oil , (divided)
  • 5 garlic cloves, (sliced)
  • 1 teaspoon dried red chili pepper flakes, (add more according to your liking)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • ½ fresh lemon, (juiced, use more according to your liking)
  • salt/pepper , (to taste)

To Serve:

  • parmesan cheese, (as needed)


  • Cook the Pasta until Al Dente: Cook pasta in salted boiling water, uncovered until al dente. Remove from the heat, drain well, and reserve ¼ cup pasta cooking water for later use.
  • Blanch kale in salted boiling water, uncovered for about 2 minutes.  Remove the kale from the heat then transfer to a bowl of cold water to stop the cooking, and drain. 
  • Brown the Sausage: Heat about 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 browned for about 7 minutes. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
  • Sauté the Garlic: Add 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet, stir in garlic, saute until it’s fragrant. 
  • Add the Seasonings: Add red chili pepper, Italian Seasoning, and cooked turkey sausage. Keep stirring for about 1 minute.
  • Add kale, pasta, and ¼ cup reserved cooking water and lemon juice to skillet. Cook and stir for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Season with salt/pepper to taste. Remove from the heat.
  • Stir in some parmesan cheese, serve and enjoy!


Calories: 353kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 14gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 550mgPotassium: 382mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 3477IUVitamin C: 65mgCalcium: 84mgIron: 7mg
Keyword ground turkey pasta, italian turkey sausage pasta
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