Farfalle with Sausage, Cannellini Beans, and Kale

  • taylesworth Posted: 09/26/10
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    I agree with the reviewer who couldn't decide whether to give this 2 or 3 stars. It's not bad but it's a bit bland for my tastes. Adding more sun-dried tomatoes would be a start, and I think I also agree with the reviewer who suggested leaving out the beans. Served with garlic bread which was the best part of the meal.

  • JasonM Posted: 12/14/09
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    The flavors in this simple recipe come together make something really spectacular. I prefer to cook the kale a tiny bit longer than indicated, but other than that I made no substitutions. A very hearty, seasonal, and flavorful dish.

  • gemgirl42 Posted: 08/17/09
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    Tasty, healthy, and filling pasta dish! Excellent way to use kale, which goes well with the sausage, sun-dried tomatoes, and parmesan cheese. Makes great leftovers for lunch!

  • dgitlin612 Posted: 02/10/11
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    This is a very tasty pasta dish. I forgot to add the onions (they were chopped and ready to go - I must have had a senior moment) and it was still an outstanding dish. I don't have anything called Italian seasoning, so I just added some oregano, basil, and bay leaf.

  • illinicheme Posted: 06/05/10
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    Loved this one. Great way to make use of the seemingly endless supply of kale that's been arriving each week in our CSA box. Don't think the reserved pasta water is necessary, and I like to braise the kale longer than the 5 min in the recipe.

  • hochrox Posted: 05/15/09
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    Remarkably simple, and oh so tasty, this has become one of our favorite kale recipes. We're vegetarian so we use the tube of veggie-sausage found in the produce section, and it comes out wonderfully, so I can only imagine what real sausage would be like.

  • Steffy417 Posted: 10/03/10
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    I loved this- I think the reason it was a bit bland is because I did not crumble the sausage to get more of that flavor in the dish- it reminds me immediately of greens and beans- an Italian dish my grandfather used to make!

  • EllenKZ Posted: 10/10/11
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    Delicious! My whole family loved it!

  • Onecentinvegas Posted: 11/23/11
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    Made this for dinner last night, but used a pound of pork Italian sausage (we like meat!) and only one can of beans. It was very tasty and came together quickly, so it was great for dinner after a long day at work. Husband ate 3 helpings and I had to restrain myself from eating more. Fast, cheap and easy--what else could you ask for?

  • kathiguam Posted: 11/19/11
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    Mountain View, CA

    Wow! I used a free range non-nitrate (etc) mild italian chicken sausage. I did not add the reserved tomato oil as the sausage IMHO had a lot of extra fat. I used fresh kale, trimmed/chopped. I did the sausage first (wanted to check out the fat content), then added the drained sun dried tomatos, onion, garlic (1 tsp minced). After 10", I added the italian seasoning & broth, stirred in the kale, beans & simmered until done. I did not use pasta as I wanted to use up leftover brown rice & served it on the side. Outstanding! Nice, subtle flavors given the sausage I used. Hubby ate 2 full bowls w/rice & I barely have enough left for his lunch tomorrow. For me, I would have increased the red pepper. In any case, outstanding & a keeper -- we love greens!. For calibration: we're baby boomers (~50) & do not like overly rich food. This recipe to us, was wonderfu & I love that it's so easy...

  • tamaraskitchen Posted: 11/21/11
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    I was looking for my standard kale and bean recipe when this popped up as a dinner tonight menu. I had everything on hand, so I made it. I loved it. The sun dried tomatoes were a great addition. I used dried ones and it was still great.

  • ibetravlin Posted: 12/29/11
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    Easy, fast and delicious! Made about half recipe for 2 adult dinner portions. Used 2 links (10 oz) chicken with smoked mozzarella sausages removed from casing, 2 tsp sun-dried tomato pesto, full can of cannelini beans and a little extra red pepper due to mild sausage. Also used just a splash of white wine to deglaze pan after cooking chicken sausage that had cheese included. Rave reviews! The meat & kale cooked up in about the same time as the pasta cooked. This is so tasty and filling – going into the regular rotation.

  • daneanp Posted: 12/11/12
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    Very tasty - better than anticipated. I used hot chicken sausage as New Seasons was out of the turkey sausage. Left out the pepper flakes which was a good call because it was spicy enough! I also omitted the pasta water as I don't like watery pasta dishes. Everyone loved it. Served with fresh bread twists.

  • rcturner525 Posted: 03/01/12
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    This was delicious, such great flavor! I had another sausage link so I just threw it in there. Took another reviewers suggestion and decreased pasta water to 1/2 cup, and that was a good move, otherwise it would have been swimming. Love how there was so much other good stuff in this dish, so your plate wasn't just full of pasta and sauce. This was a great meal to add to the rotation.

  • jsears46 Posted: 03/03/12
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    Can't make up my mind about this recipe. It was good, but feel it could have been better. May have been the Italian sausage along with the Italian spice. Next time I make it I'll use our favorite breakfast sausage and Italian spice, maybe add some tomato sauce?

  • misst66 Posted: 04/12/12
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    This dish is awesome! My family loved it! I made this as stated the first time, and decided after that it could use more of those delicious sundried tomatoes packed in oil. If I don't have turkey sausage, I use hot italian and that's awesome, too! (We like a little "spicy" in our food.)

  • meg0524 Posted: 02/21/12
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    Great flavor for an easy, weeknight dinner. There was a little too much liquid--I would suggest using a half cup of cooking liquid.

  • sweetkiwi Posted: 04/17/12
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    I would definitely make this again, but will add less pasta water next time. It was delicious, but almost soupy.

  • rncook Posted: 04/21/13
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    Made this for Sunday lunch today, served with a small salad. It probably will not be a go-to favorite, but it was pretty good. I think the seasonings would make this recipe especially ideal for cold day. Here are the alterations I made to the recipe: I have two family members who will ask, "Where's the beef?" so I used 12 ounces (not 8 ounces as called for in the recipe) of sweet (not "hot" as called for) turkey Italian sausage - the kind that comes bratwurst-style in casings. I just squeezed the raw sausage out of the casing into the pan. I omitted the reserved pasta liquid; I couldn't imagine adding it and in fact, I removed the lid of the pan so that some of the broth liquid could cook-off a bit. We still ended up with some flavorful, thin, saucy liquid for the dish. Next time, I would cook the sausage a bit by itself, then add in the tomatoes and onions. I might experiment with omitting the pasta and increasing the chicken broth for a hearty soup. Mmm, that would be good.

  • brognes Posted: 11/09/12
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    Made this a second time and need to up my star rating. I'm eating the leftovers at work for lunch and I'm having to rein in my "Mmmmmm"s and eye rolls because I really love this dish. This time I used mild Italian sausage (not turkey) and Italian seasoning and "real" pasta. Sooo good! But I'm sure not nearly as healthy as my last batch. Initial Review: I loved how quick and easy it was to prepare. I subbed the hot sausage for a sweet chicken Italian one and used a whole pound for added protein. I also left out the Italian Seasoning and crush red pepper and used a combination of fresh ground pepper, oregano, salt, onion, celery seed, cayenne pepper, parsley, basil, marjoram, bay leaf, oregano, thyme, savory, rosemary, cumin, mustard, coriander, garlic, carrot, orange peel, tomato, lemon juice and lemon oil (Trader Joe's 21 Season Salute). Made it with Brown Rice Pasta to make it gluten-free.

  • tonig692 Posted: 11/08/12
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    I have made this several times and love love love it. I usually add a can of diced tomates (with juice) for extra flavor. Mine is more of a soup which I like. Great winter time meal

  • snapdragen Posted: 01/31/13
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    This was great; simple to make and delicious. Add a nice crusty bread, it makes a great dinner. I like the idea of adding diced tomatoes, I'll try that next time.

  • Iguanagirl Posted: 03/06/14
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    This was delicious. Made just as the recipe stated, only forgot to save the pasta water....I didn't add any extra liquid and certainly didn't miss it. Reheated very well.

  • ninichef Posted: 02/21/14
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    Good flavorful dish. Strong kale flavor, you could easily half the amount and still have a good amount of veggies in this dish. Next time I would add more sundried tomatoes and crushed red pepper. I didn't add the reserved cooking liquid, not sure what purpose it served.

  • lorenzod Posted: 12/05/13
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    I made this recipe and it was absolutely delicious. It was easy to make. I will make it again. However, next time I will add 1.5 cans of cannelli, 2 packages of kale and more sundried tomatoes. I didn't add all of the dry pepper flakes, so next time I will add the amount indicated. It's great to make on a Sunday afternoon and pack up batches for lunch and dinner during the week. Also, I made it with Mezze Penne. I don't like bow tie pasta.

  • KathRS Posted: 11/21/13
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    This took more than 35 minutes, but that was expected. It was really easy to make, especially cause we got julienned tomatoes. A lot of my family doesn't like strong tomato flavor, but this was really good, the flavor was well distributed throughout, and not especially strong. We used mild Italian Sausage, the ones that come like bratwurst, and we wanted to add more pepper flakes than called for. Other than that, this recipe is great!

  • yoyo1198 Posted: 11/19/13
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    I made this just this week but left out the meat. I've learned to love kale. The dried beans cooked in chicken broth add so much.

  • tsprincess Posted: 01/23/14
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    This was pretty good, but.... I would double the amount of sun-dried tomatoes and cut the amount of kale by about a third. I used garbanzo beans and I liked them, but I'm sure cannelloni would be good as well. Unless you don't like spicy food, definitely use the hot sausage for more taste. I think this would also be good with spinach but I wouldn't cook it as you do with the kale. Also, next time, I'll use only one cup of broth.

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