Just in time for fall, this dish combines juicy tomatoes with hearty whole-wheat pasta, sausage, and kale. Try Bionaturae or Barilla whole-wheat spaghetti; both have a light color and mild wheat flavor.

Ann Taylor Pittman
This Story Originally Appeared On cookinglight.com


Credit: Photography: Jennifer Causey; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas.

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30 mins
30 mins
Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 1/3 cups pasta mixture and 1 tbsp. cheese)


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  • Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add pepper and garlic; cook 30 seconds. Stir in kale and tomatoes; cover, and cook 6 minutes or until tomatoes soften and wilt, stirring occasionally. Push kale and tomatoes to outer edges of pan. Add tomato paste to center of pan; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add reserved 1 cup pasta cooking liquid, stirring constantly. Stir in sausage and salt. Add pasta to pan; cook 3 minutes, stirring to coat. Top with cheese.

  • 3 Ways to Speed Up Pasta Sauce:

  • 1. Skip canned tomatoes and use fresh. They'll burst and break down in minutes, and you won't have to wait for excess liquid to reduce.

  • 2. Cook the tomato paste in the pan for a full minute before adding liquid to caramelize and concentrate the tomato flavor in the sauce.

  • 3. Add the starchy pasta water to the pan, and stir vigorously to emulsify with the oil and tomato paste for a thickened sauce that clings.

Nutrition Facts

426 calories; fat 19g; saturated fat 4g; protein 19g; carbohydrates 47g; fiber 6g; sodium 478mg; sugars 6g.