Bring 6 quarts water and 2 teaspoons salt to a boil in a large stockpot. Stir in pasta; partially cover, and return to a boil, stirring frequently. Cook 8 minutes or until pasta is almost al dente, stirring occasionally. Drain.
While pasta cooks, heat olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Remove casing from the sausage. Add sausage to Dutch oven; cook 2 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring to crumble. Add leek; cook 2 minutes or until leek is soft, stirring frequently. Add cabbage; cook 2 minutes or until cabbage wilts, stirring frequently. Add remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, broth, and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until vegetables are very tender.
Add pasta to Dutch oven, tossing well to coat; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly, or until pasta is al dente. Remove from heat; stir in cheese. Serve immediately.
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This was surprisingly good! I found it through the "What's in your pantry?" and it had exactly the ingredients I needed to use up! It was very easy to make, and serve. I had it without sausage, and my husband had it without cheese
This is a family favorite. I use extra sausage and substitute beef broth for the chicken broth for a more robust flavor. I just use standard cabbage. My kids LOVE it and actually jump around and cheer when its on the menu for dinner.
This is a delicious recipe, but I wouldn't serve it to company. Like everyone else, I used less whole wheat pasta and a pound of mild Italian turkey sausage. I also used regular cabbage because that's all I had. Husband loves cabbage and LOVES this recipe. It is cheap, fast and easy--what else can you ask for for a family meal??
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