6 servings (serving size: 1 2/3 cups)

Serve a heart-warming veggie, sausage, and pasta toss for a quick dinner on a cool night.

How to Make It

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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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Ratings & Reviews


December 16, 2016
I make this OFTEN!  My family loves it, real comfort food.  I had never used leeks before this recipe, but now it's a favorite onion. 

Anghara's Review

December 29, 2014

EICrabb's Review

December 18, 2014
I also reduced the pasta and thought that this was excellent. Didn't use the broth and used hot italian sausage which really gave it flavor. Very easy quick meal.

Lulu9one1's Review

December 11, 2014
this is a wonderful dish! so yummy

karelanne's Review

December 10, 2014
This was amazing! I used smoked fontina, which complemented the mild Italian sausage. I also used 3 links, about 10 oz. of sausage, which really made a difference. It was definitely a crowd pleaser.

madjack96's Review

December 09, 2014
I've made this several times, it is quick, healthy and delicious!

rhm118's Review

April 26, 2014
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

HeatherIA's Review

August 12, 2013
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.

mandofan's Review

January 31, 2012
Yummy, very filling and hearty. Makes a solid 4-5 servings. Fairly quick, easy, and cheap as well.

Onecentinvegas's Review

December 29, 2011
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??